Are you interested in exploring the performance, design, or management areas of theatre? Look no further than Ashland University’s Theatre Studies program.

Contact Us

Department Chair

Dr. Tom Reed
Chair, Departments of Music and Theatre, Professor of Music
206, Center for the Arts
419.289.5158
treed@ashland.edu

Artistic Director

Dr. Teresa Durbin-Ames
234 Center for the Arts
419.289.5821
tdurbin@ashland.edu

Auditions and General Information

Brittany Kohut
Administrative Assistant
419.289.5100
music@ashland.edu

Curriculum

Brochures, Course Rotations & Four-Year Guides

Each department provides information specific to its majors and programs to help ensure you choose exactly which major is right for you. Use the supplemental material below to assist you in finding a major that most interests you.

COURSE ROTATIONS & FOUR YEAR GUIDES

CURRENT CATALOG DOCUMENTS
B.A. Theatre Studies Four Year Guide: Even / Odd
2016-2017 CATALOG DOCUMENTS
B.A. Acting Four Year Guide: Even / Odd
B.A. General Four Year Guide: Even / Odd

Faculty

Teresa Durbin-Ames
Dr. Teresa Durbin-Ames
Artistic Director of Theatre, Associate Professor of Theatre
235, Center for the Arts
419.289.5821 / tdurbin@ashland.edu
Department of Theatre
Robert Sean Parker
Robert Sean Parker
Assistant Professor of Theatre
240, Center for the Arts
419.289.5655 / rparker6@ashland.edu
Department of Theatre
Dr. Tom Reed, Chair, Music and Theatre, Professor of Music
Dr. Tom Reed
Chair, Departments of Music and Theatre, Professor of Music
206, Center for the Arts
419.289.5158 / treed@ashland.edu
Department of Music , Department of Theatre

Scholarship Auditions

Scholarship Auditions & Interviews

Scholarship Requirements

We offer a variety of talent-based scholarships that require an audition and interview. Theatre scholarships are available to students who major, minor or participate in theatre, but a limited number of awards are available.

Prospective students must complete the formal Ashland University application process and be accepted to the University before they can be awarded a scholarship. It is highly recommended that students complete the Ashland University Application for Admission prior to a scholarship audition and interview.

For strong scholarship consideration, all scholarship auditions and interviews must be submitted to GetAcceptd.com/Ashland by April 1 prior to the proposed academic year of enrollment.

GetAcceptd.com

For more information please contact us at 419.289.5100 or theatre@ashland.edu.

Audition and Interview information for prospective theatre students

An audition determines the student’s experience and potential for success in a theatre-related career. In addition, all prospective students will interview with members of the faculty to assess skills and interests. Interviews also allow students to talk with faculty members in an informal manner and discover what Ashland University and the student have to offer each other.

Audition and Interview Dates for 2020-2021 Scholarships are

  • Saturday, February 15, 2020
  • Saturday, March 21, 2020
  • Saturday, April 4, 2020
  • Auditions also available by appointment anytime prior to student's enrollment including summer sessions.

ACTORS:

  • Complete the theatre scholarship application form and include an acting resume and letter of recommendation online at GetAcceptd.com/Ashland
  • Schedule your audition at GetAcceptd.com/Ashland
  • Perform a one-to-two minute memorized contemporary monologue
  • Perform a one-to-two minute memorized classical monologue
  • The interview: the faculty will ask each student questions about their training, background and goals. Students may ask the faculty questions as well.

ACTORS – MUSICAL THEATRE

  • Complete the theatre scholarship application form and include an acting resume and letter of recommendation online at GetAcceptd.com/Ashland
  • Schedule your audition at GetAcceptd.com/Ashland
  • Perform a memorized ballad not to exceed two minutes*
  • Perform a memorized up-tempo song not to exceed two minutes*
  • Musicianship screening: each student will be asked to perform simple music reading exercises, match pitch with their voice, sing simple melodic patterns and execute simple rhythms. To successfully complete the audition, the student must demonstrate the ability to read music in any one clef and with understanding of rhythms.
  • The interview: the faculty will ask each student questions about their training, background and goals. Students may ask the faculty questions as well.

*Accompanist will be provided. Auditionee must provide the accompanist with clearly marked music in the appropriate key. Auditionee may not sing acapella.

Contact Us

Contact Us

Department Chair

Dr. Tom Reed
Chair, Departments of Music and Theatre, Professor of Music
206, Center for the Arts
419.289.5158
treed@ashland.edu

Artistic Director

Dr. Teresa Durbin-Ames
234 Center for the Arts
419.289.5821
tdurbin@ashland.edu

Auditions and General Information

Brittany Kohut
Administrative Assistant
419.289.5100
music@ashland.edu

Curriculum

Curriculum

Brochures, Course Rotations & Four-Year Guides

Each department provides information specific to its majors and programs to help ensure you choose exactly which major is right for you. Use the supplemental material below to assist you in finding a major that most interests you.

COURSE ROTATIONS & FOUR YEAR GUIDES

CURRENT CATALOG DOCUMENTS
B.A. Theatre Studies Four Year Guide: Even / Odd
2016-2017 CATALOG DOCUMENTS
B.A. Acting Four Year Guide: Even / Odd
B.A. General Four Year Guide: Even / Odd

Faculty

Faculty

Teresa Durbin-Ames
Dr. Teresa Durbin-Ames
Artistic Director of Theatre, Associate Professor of Theatre
235, Center for the Arts
419.289.5821 / tdurbin@ashland.edu
Department of Theatre
Robert Sean Parker
Robert Sean Parker
Assistant Professor of Theatre
240, Center for the Arts
419.289.5655 / rparker6@ashland.edu
Department of Theatre
Dr. Tom Reed, Chair, Music and Theatre, Professor of Music
Dr. Tom Reed
Chair, Departments of Music and Theatre, Professor of Music
206, Center for the Arts
419.289.5158 / treed@ashland.edu
Department of Music , Department of Theatre

Scholarship Auditions

Scholarship Auditions

Scholarship Auditions & Interviews

Scholarship Requirements

We offer a variety of talent-based scholarships that require an audition and interview. Theatre scholarships are available to students who major, minor or participate in theatre, but a limited number of awards are available.

Prospective students must complete the formal Ashland University application process and be accepted to the University before they can be awarded a scholarship. It is highly recommended that students complete the Ashland University Application for Admission prior to a scholarship audition and interview.

For strong scholarship consideration, all scholarship auditions and interviews must be submitted to GetAcceptd.com/Ashland by April 1 prior to the proposed academic year of enrollment.

GetAcceptd.com

For more information please contact us at 419.289.5100 or theatre@ashland.edu.

Audition and Interview information for prospective theatre students

An audition determines the student’s experience and potential for success in a theatre-related career. In addition, all prospective students will interview with members of the faculty to assess skills and interests. Interviews also allow students to talk with faculty members in an informal manner and discover what Ashland University and the student have to offer each other.

Audition and Interview Dates for 2020-2021 Scholarships are

  • Saturday, February 15, 2020
  • Saturday, March 21, 2020
  • Saturday, April 4, 2020
  • Auditions also available by appointment anytime prior to student's enrollment including summer sessions.

ACTORS:

  • Complete the theatre scholarship application form and include an acting resume and letter of recommendation online at GetAcceptd.com/Ashland
  • Schedule your audition at GetAcceptd.com/Ashland
  • Perform a one-to-two minute memorized contemporary monologue
  • Perform a one-to-two minute memorized classical monologue
  • The interview: the faculty will ask each student questions about their training, background and goals. Students may ask the faculty questions as well.

ACTORS – MUSICAL THEATRE

  • Complete the theatre scholarship application form and include an acting resume and letter of recommendation online at GetAcceptd.com/Ashland
  • Schedule your audition at GetAcceptd.com/Ashland
  • Perform a memorized ballad not to exceed two minutes*
  • Perform a memorized up-tempo song not to exceed two minutes*
  • Musicianship screening: each student will be asked to perform simple music reading exercises, match pitch with their voice, sing simple melodic patterns and execute simple rhythms. To successfully complete the audition, the student must demonstrate the ability to read music in any one clef and with understanding of rhythms.
  • The interview: the faculty will ask each student questions about their training, background and goals. Students may ask the faculty questions as well.

*Accompanist will be provided. Auditionee must provide the accompanist with clearly marked music in the appropriate key. Auditionee may not sing acapella.

What to Expect in the Theatre Studies Program

The Theatre Studies program provides you with the fundamental skills and tools necessary to become a well-rounded theatre artist. You’ll take courses in:

  • Acting

  • Directing

  • Design

  • State Management

  • Arts Management

These courses will provide you with a world-class theatre education in all aspects of acting, production, and management. You typically have nine hours of theatre electives and can focus on a particular area like performance or design/tech.

In addition, your audition and interview skills and design portfolios are assessed each year to meet the department student learning outcomes so you’ll be prepared to interview for professional theatre. You can choose to present your resume and portfolio or resume and audition materials each spring as part of the department’s Assessment Audition and Interviews.

Theatre Studies Track:
TH 100 Theatre Practicum (8 sem.) TH 242 Intro to Tech Theatre II
TH 150 Theatre Production Lab (6 sem.) TH 308 Voice & Mvmnt for Perf.
TH 204 Script Analysis TH 404 Modern Dramatic Styles
TH 207 Visual Art of Theatre TH 411 Directing
TH 211 Basic Acting Technique TH 418 History of Theatre I
TH 212 Building Acting Technique TH 419 History of Theatre II
TH 241 Intro to Tech Theatre I TH 499 Senior Project

Theatre Electives (9 hrs.):
TH 109 Dance I: Intro to Dance TH 313 Acting Styles
TH 209 Dance II: Ballet/Modern TH 321 Arts Management
TH 210 Dance III: Tap TH 326 Stage Management
TH 309 Dance IV: Jazz TH 341 Production Design I
TH 303 Amer. Musical Theatre TH 342 Production Design II
TH 305 Topics in Performance TH 405 Musical Theatre Perf.
TH 306 Topics in Design/Tech

Theatre -Theatre Studies Career Outlook

Recent Employers

Recent theatre graduates have been hired as technicians or performers for the following companies:

  • Trumpet in the Land Outdoor Drama

  • Cedar Point

  • The Barn Theatre

  • Tecumseh Outdoor Drama

  • Theatre West Virginia

  • Ohio Light Opera

  • American Folklore Theatre

  • Summer Stock at Findlay

  • Porthouse Theatre

  • Lees-McRae Summer Theatre

Graduate Studies

Recent graduates have been accepted into MA or MFA programs at the following universities:

  • New York University Tisch School of the Arts

  • University of Wisconsin - Madison

  • Michigan State University

  • University of Missouri - Kansas City

  • Miami University

  • The Ohio State University

  • Wayne State University

  • Kent State University

  • Penn State University

  • Indiana University

Intramural Sports

Intramural Sports