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

Directions

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

Directions

Directions

 

2021-2022 Ashland University Theatre Season

The 2021-2022 Ashland University Theatre season presents characters as they search to find their place in the world.  This journey is never easy, but can be made even more difficult when a person feels like an outsider. Join these outsiders as they escape into the magical world of fantasy on their journey to find where they belong.

She Kills Monsters

By Qui Nguyen
Directed by Teresa Durbin-Ames
Nov. 4, 5, 6 at 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 7 at 2 p.m.
Hugo Young Theatre

Our fall production, She Kills Monsters by Qui Nguyen, is co-sponsored by AU Eagles for Pride and tells the story of a young woman named Agnes Evans, as she prepares to leave her childhood home in Athens, Ohio two years after the tragic death of her sister, Tilly. When Agnes finds Tilly’s Dungeons & Dragons notebook, it sends her stumbling into a journey of discovery and action-packed adventure. Tilly escaped into a fantasy world to find her place; Agnes’s adventures in Tilly’s imaginary D&D world will help her to find her place in reality. In this comedic romp laden with homicidal fairies, gorgeous elves, demon queens, and dangerous devils, Qui Nguyen offers a heart-pounding homage to the geek and warrior within us all. 

This play contains adult language and themes.

Bat Boy: The Musical

Story & Book by Keythe Farley & Brian Flemming
Music & Lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe
Directed by Shley Snider
Feb. 17, 18, 19 at 7:30 p.m.
Feb. 20 at 2 p.m.
Hugo Young Theatre

Based on a story in The Weekly World News, Bat Boy: The Musical is a musical comedy/horror show about a half boy/half bat creature who is discovered in a cave near Hope Falls, West Virginia. Written by Keythe Farley and Brian Flemming, with music and lyrics by Laurence O’Keefe, the musical portrays what it means to be an outsider as  Bat Boy tries to find family and acceptance in a town of narrow-minded people.  The wife and daughter of the local veterinarian welcome Bat Boy into their home and help him acclimate to society. This show highlights how society can't change the minds of people who don't see what outsiders are capable of.  This production contains small amounts of emotionally difficult and/or triggering material.  Physical action includes violence.  Dialogue includes discussion of discrimination, violence, and sexual assault.  We recognize that this content may be challenging to some, and care for the audience's well-being is paramount.  We hope that this production encourages mindful discussions and open dialogue.

The Little Prince

By Rick Cummins and John Scoullar
Directed by Jeff Haffner
April 7, 8, 9, at 7:30 p.m.
April 9 &10 at 2 p.m.
Studio Theatre

Based on Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s beloved children’s story, The Little Prince is brought to life on stage by Rick Cummins and John Scoullar. This beloved and timeless classic chronicles the tale of a world-weary Aviator who stumbles upon a regal little boy in the middle of the Sahara Desert. These two outsiders travel to different worlds and meet people from new walks of life. With each person they meet, the Little Prince learns about different experiences and shares his newfound wisdom with the Aviator. At the end of the trip, the Aviator and Little Prince return to their place in the world and enjoy their homes with a newfound appreciation for life and gain an understanding of how to laugh, cry, and love again.


Tickets can be purchased from the AU Campus Store either in person or by calling 419-289-5336. Tickets can also be purchased online at ashland.universitytickets.com.

Ticket prices are $10 for adults, faculty/staff, and senior citizens, $2 for AU students, and $5 for non-AU students.  As of 8/27/2021 masks are required in all campus buildings.