David Orr Belcher College of Fine and Performing Arts
School of Stage and Screen
Ashlee Wasmund holds a Masters of Fine Arts from Western Illinois University and has been dancing, acting, directing, and choreographing professionally for over 15 years in a myriad of capacities. While completing her graduate work in Acting, she continued her dance training and choreographed multiple pieces for Western Illinois' mainstage dance concerts and musical productions and began working professionally as a choreographer. Today, she choreographs and directs around the country and most currently will serve as Choreographer for the Cherokee Historical Association's Summer 2019 production of Unto These Hills. Additionally, she will be traveling to Chicago, NYC, and Edinburgh, UK with New Light Theatre's remounted production of Hitler's Tasters. Prior to her appointment at WCU, Ashlee worked as a Chicago-based actor, choreographer, and director with professional theaters such as Milwaukee Repertory, Drury Lane Theatre, Midsommer Flight, First Folio Theatre, and Provision Theatre, among others. She has danced with Indianapolis’ former Ballet Internationale and in NFL Colts halftime shows and has acted professionally both onstage and on camera. Ashlee previously taught at Chicago Academy for the Arts, Carthage College, and Concordia University Chicago. She is a proud original company member of Midsommer Flight Theatre, an outdoor Shakespeare performance company in Chicago, an Associate Member with the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, and an Actors’ Equity Member Candidate.
Pedagogically, I strive to mentor the individual performing arts student by exposing him or her to a wide range of techniques and theories rather than prescribe a singular method of training in order to find the language that accesses the student's comprehension. Due to the nature of the Stage & Screen program and the diverse needs of the various concentrations of its performing arts students, it is imperative to provide training pathways that capitalize on the natural strengths of the individual and address any deficiencies while also tailoring an action plan for growth to meet the needs of the student's personal career goal(s). I aim to employ my own diverse training and performance background to achieve this boutique style of educational mentoring. And, above all else, I see it as my most important duty to instill the importance of both honoring one's individual curiosities as well as the desire to explore those curiosities both in and out of the classroom.