Getting to Know Asher Ross - Dallas Theater Center
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Getting to Know Asher Ross

What do you do as Public Works Dallas Community Liaison?

As Public Works Dallas Community Liaison, I get to assist in Public Works Dallas workshops, run a weekly Facebook segment, track workshop attendance, make weekly phone calls to community members, uphold Dallas Theater Center values, and more.

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What is your favorite aspect of work so far?

My favorite aspect of work so far has to be everyone’s kindness and passion for creativity. I love how Public Works Dallas is working to provide it’s community with total access to their artistry and a safe, inclusive place where everyone is able to have a voice. Everyone is so full of joy when inside the workshops, on both the Dallas Theater Center side and the community side.

You’re a student at SMU. What are you studying?

I’m a Freshman, majoring in the BFA Theater program, specializing in Acting, and minoring in Arts Entrepreneurship.

How did you find your way to Dallas Theater Center?

I heard about Dallas Theater Center originally from a theater coach that I was training with back in high school, who knew some current and former staff members. Then, I heard more about Dallas Theater Center through SMU professors and administrators. However, in my First-Year Arts Community Experience class at SMU, a first semester class that all of the Freshmen in the Meadows School of the Arts take together, I heard about this job opening and was immediately interested.

Where are you from originally?

I’m originally from right outside of Portland, Oregon. If you have ever seen the TV show Portlandia, it is exactly like what you’d imagine.

How do you like Texas so far?

I really enjoy Texas so far. Southern hospitality is definitely real, and I’ve met so many cool, interesting people here. I also thought that the weather would be more of a challenge to adapt to, yet it is actually nice to get a bit of sun and not only rain. I do miss seeing stars, as it is pretty tough to see them from on campus, but the Sunrises and Sunsets are stunning.

Do you have a hobby or hidden talent you can tell us about?

I have a few hobbies, such as basketball, photography, and checking out museums and cafes. However, the hobby of mine that I am most passionate about is listening to and finding music from new artists. I grew up with a deep appreciation for a variety of music and that love for music has only grown over the years. I enjoy making different playlists, singing, and analyzing musical works!

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What’s your favorite production that you have been a part of?

I have two favorite productions that I’ve been a part of, both back in Oregon. First, I got to be an original cast member in a new work musical play at Oregon Children’s Theatre named Shiver: a Musical Ghost Story by Matthew B. Zrebski my Junior year of High School and that was a life-changing moment for me. The tight ensemble consisted of eight teenagers, including myself, with a tech team of mostly teenagers as well, and we got to record and distribute an original cast album which was such an exciting learning experience. Second, I got to play John Webster in Lakewood Theatre Company’s production of Shakespeare in Love just last year and it was an absolute blast. The cast was wonderful to work with and it was actually directed by my High School English teacher!

If you could have dinner with any celebrity, who would it be and what are you having?

If I could, I’d have street tacos with music artist Tyler the Creator.

Do you have any family members – fur or otherwise that you’d like to tell us about?

I have two sisters, a mother, a father, and a bunch of cats that we are fostering. I am the middle child, between my older sister Eden and my younger sister Bay.

If you could have any superpower what would it be and why?

Either the power to time travel to see future and past events, or to read people’s minds because wouldn’t everyone want that?

Is there anything else I haven’t asked you about that you’d like to discuss?

I am attempting to start a band with some of my close friends, and I am hoping to open up my own theater or performing arts company one day!