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Ronald Dean Bashford

Assistant Professor of Theater & Dance

Departmental affiliation: Theater and Dance

Interests

I teach courses in directing, ensemble collaboration, dramatic literature and script analysis, and the craft of speaking (voice and speech). I also direct and advise senior thesis projects. In addition to teaching, I work as a professional freelance theater director. My work includes more than fifty professional projects, including plays, musicals and multidisciplinary collaborations, regionally and in New York City.

Prof. Bashford's office is located in G30 Webster Hall, in the Theatre & Dance Department offices on the lower level on the west side of the building.

Professional Work

Ron Bashford has directed more than fifty professional productions and multimedia projects, from traditional play scripts to collaborations with contemporary composers and choreographers.  Recent work includes a five-actor theatrical adaptation of Shakespeare's Pericles for North Carolina Stage Company, pride@prejudice for Chester Theatre Company and Albany’s Capital Repertory Theater, and Much Ado About Nothing for Independent Shakespeare Company, which was nominated by the Los Angeles Times as a "Critic's Choice."  Comfortable with a wide variety of dramatic writing, Ron has done a significant body of work for Asheville’s North Carolina Stage Company, including plays by Shakespeare, Caryl Churchill, Yasmina Resa, and Joe Orton, among others.  Ron has also directed regionally for Syracuse Stage, Vermont Stage Company, Two River Theater Company, Immediate Theater Project, North Carolina Shakespeare Festival, and the Hangar Theater, among others.  He is a member of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab, where he conducted an experimental workshop of Macbeth in 2008, and a year earlier he directed a National Endowment for The Arts/Shakespeare-in-American-Communities touring production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream for schools in Western North Carolina.  Among projects for Sequitur, the New York-based, new music ensemble, he directed Ernst Toller: Requiem for an Idea (Joyce Soho); David Lang’s Music for Gracious Living; Sam Shepard’s Tongues (Merkin Hall); Money: A Cabaret (Joe’s Pub at the Public Theatre); and Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire (Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall).  Awards include The Mountain Express Reader's Choice Awards for Best Productions for Hamlet and for Hedwig and the Angry Inch (NC Stage), and the Knoxville Area Theatre Coalition Awards for Best Production and Best Director of a Musical for The Secret Garden (Clarence Brown Theatre Company).  In 2001 and 2003, he served as assistant director to British director Michael Bogdanov on the development of a new musical, Lone Star Love (Lucille Lortel Award and Outer Critic's Circle Award nominations).  Also in 2001, he was invited to create Hamlet Trio for Southwestern University's Brown Symposium: Shakespeares!!, where he was a featured panelist along with Patsy Rodenberg, Head of Voice at Britain’s Royal National Theatre, and Stephen Greenblatt, editor of the Norton Shakespeare.  Before coming to Amherst, he was co-chair of the Theatre Department at Warren Wilson College, known for its integrative program of academics, work and service.

At Amherst, Ron has directed Cymbeline (Shakespeare), Exit The King (Ionesco), 2 Washington Square (Constance Congdon) and Yes (Reilly Horan '13). He also appeared as a performer with Paul Matteson in Wendy Woodson's dance/theater work Waypoint.

Upcoming projects include an original one-man show for Immediate Theatre Project in Asheville, NC, and a bouffon-clown based solo work for performer Carine Montbertrand.

Ron earned a B.A. in music from Amherst College (1988) and an M.F.A. in acting from the University of Delaware’s Professional Theatre Training Program (1992), and completed additional study at Williamstown Theater Festival, National Shakespeare Conservatory, Harvard/A.R.T., and City of London University.