Ron Milton, Artistic Director
Ron has been a theatre director, producer, designer and actor for over 45 years for hundreds of productions. Ron holds an M.F.A. in Theatre from the University of Houston and a B.A. in Theatre from Western Washington University. He interned with the prestigious LaJolla Playhouse (where he worked on the premieres of the Tony Award winning I Am My Own Wife and Dracula, The Musical). He is a recipient of a Bush (GHWB) Administration “Point of Light” Award for his work in children’s theatre and arts education and is a Kennedy Center for the Arts Grant recipient. He also conducted theatre and arts education programs in Northern and Southeastern Alaska for various Inuit-Yupik villages (State of Alaska Arts Education/Kennedy Center programs). He has taught theatre at several colleges and universities.
For Ovation!, Ron has directed 24 productions including Jesus Christ Superstar, Les Miserables, My Fair Lady, The Pirates of Penzance (twice), The Music Man, A Christmas Carol, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Amahl and the Night Visitors, Oklahoma!, Hansel and Gretel, Into The Woods, Oliver!, Fiddler on the Roof, Cabaret, The Sound of Music, Brigadoon and Carnival. He has also directed productions for other theatre companies in the area including Island Theatre (Blithe Spirit), BPA (The Sound of Music), Company One (Oliver!) and others.
Ron is a well-rounded, experienced theatre professional. In addition to directing Ovation!’s shows, he also designs the sets, creates the paintings for the drops, builds the sets, designs and constructs specialty properties, often designs the lighting and special effects, builds the furniture, choreographs some of the dances and more. In addition to his work in theatre, Ron is also a fine artist who works in many mediums. He is a painter, sculptor, jeweler, makeup artist, puppeteer, muralist, carver, stained glass artist and more. An Ovation! founder, Ron is the organization’s Resident Artistic Director and Technical Director and lives on Bainbridge Island with his family.