Produced by a committee of volunteers with representation from the City of Ashland, the Loudonville Theater & Arts Committee, Ashland Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, Ashland City Schools and Ashland University, ASHLAND CHAUTAUQUA has been an institution in North Central Ohio for the past eighteen years.
Chautauqua first came to Ashland in the summer of 2000 through the auspices of Ohio Chautauqua. The Chautauqua spirit caught hold in our community. Since that time, ASHLAND CHAUTAUQUA has become an institution in North Central Ohio and a favorite way for residents of the area to celebrate their love of history, their love of learning, and their love of simply having a good time. Its quality and popularity earned it an Ashland Area Chamber of Commerce award in 2017 as the area’s best Cultural and Entertainment business!
At CHAUTAUQUA, audiences witness history in its most compelling form--first person historical portrayals. Nationally-recruited scholar/actors take on the roles of historical figures, appearing in costume and presenting exciting living history performances.
ASHLAND CHAUTAUQUA’s 2018 theme is "Oceans, Rivers, and Seas" and will feature five historic figures whose stories were intertwined with water: Herman Melville, author of Moby Dick; Grace O'Malley, a 16th century pirate; Henry Beston, Cape Cod-based naturalist and writer; Edith Russell, stylist and Titanic survivor; and York, the slave of William Clark of the Lewis and Clark expedition. The event will be held July 17-21, 2018.
Each of these scholar/actors will appear in a major evening performance in character on stage at the Myers Band Shell at Brookside Park. In addition, each will present a daytime youth program and an adult lecture workshop during their weeklong residency in Ashland County.
Previous CHAUTAUQUA themes have included the Wild West, World War II, the Roaring '20s, the Great Depression, Literary Legends, Business and Industry, Sport and Society, the 1930s, Adventurers and Explorers, the Fabulous Fifties, Legends of the Silver Screen, Poetry & Prose, 200 Years of Progress, Voices of Freedom, and Voices of Courage.
ASHLAND CHAUTAUQUA is produced through the year-round efforts of a committee of volunteers with representation from the City of Ashland, the Loudonville Theater & Arts Committee, Ashland Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, Ashland City Schools and Ashland University.
ASHLAND CHAUTAUQUA now has a dedicated audience in and around Ashland County, growing from that early support from the Ohio Humanities Council and their production of the annual OHIO CHAUTAUQUA. Please join us in the only Ohio community that has developed its own ongoing Chautauqua event. Help us continue the tradition in 2018!