Andrew Blasenak holds an MFA (Acting) in Shakespeare and Performance from Mary Baldwin College, and he has performed with the American Shakespeare Center, the Actor's Shakespeare Company, The Maryland Shakespeare Festival, and companies in Ohio, Michigan, Virginia, and New York. He also holds a Ph.D. in Theatre History/Literature/Criticism from The Ohio State University where his dissertation focused on the rehearsal practices and company structures of six major Shakespeare companies: The Royal Shakespeare Company, The Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The Stratford Festival, Shakespeare & Company, Shakespeare's Globe and the American Shakespeare Center. His research interests examine acting and rehearsal techniques for performance with an interactive audience and the use of theatrical myth in the life of a theatre company. As director and fight director, he has worked on Othello (with Alison Bomber of the Royal Shakespeare Company),King Lear, The Three Sisters, The Fair Maid of the Exchange, and Aeschylus's The Persians and the new plays Behind the Arras, and I Hope I'm in Cincinnati When the World Ends.
Dr. Blasenak is an Assistant professor in Acting, and teaches all levels of acting for the department, including Acting I, Acting II, Acting III, Acting IV, Stage Movement and Auditions.