AU Theatre Graduates Star in First National Commercial

AU Theatre Graduates Star in First National Commercial
AU Theatre graduates Austin and Aaron Arnold star in their first nationally televised commercial. Access the commercial at --


2/12/16 ASHLAND, Ohio – Two Ashland University graduates, Austin and Aaron Arnold, recently starred in their first nationally televised commercial last week for the BMW automobile company. Twin brothers from Chardon, Ohio, the Arnold twins both graduated from Chardon High School in 2009 and came to Ashland University that fall.

The Arnold twins graduated from Ashland University in the spring of 2013, both with Bachelor of Arts degrees in theatre. They are the sons of William and Laura Arnold of Chardon.

It was within the Ashland University theatre program that they would begin to show the world their passion. While attending Ashland University, the Arnold twins starred in nine different shows. There were a few they were in together and several that they starred in separately.

Aaron’s roles included himself as the Nugget/Horseman in Equus, October 2009; the Old Man Strong/Cop in Urinetown: The Musical, February 2010; Matthew in Women in Heat (The 2010 One Act Festival), April 2010; Slim in Of Mice and Men, October 2010; A Visitor (aka Elvis) in Picasso at the Lapin Agile, April 2011; James in Circle Mirror Transformation, September 2011; Gabriel in  Broken/Unbroken (The 2012 One Act Festival), April 2012; Will Master in Bus Stop, September 2012; and John in A Life in the Theatre, April 2013.

Austin’s roles included the Provost in Measure for Measure, November 2009; Dr. Billeaux/Cop in Urinetown: The Musical, February 2010; Lennie (Understudy) in Of Mice and Men, October 2010; A Man/Louis/Lee Randolf in Sunday in the Park with George, February 2011; Gaston in Picasso at the Lapin Agile, April 2011; Village Parent in Whistle Down the Wind, October 2011; Mellersh Wilton in Enchanted April, February 2012; Todd in The Author's Voice (The 2012 One Act Festival), April 2012; and Dr. Lyman in Bus Stop, September 2012.

Aside from their commitment to acting, they also left a lasting legacy on their fraternity. In the fall of 2009, they both became members of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity and would later serve numerous roles within their chapter.

Marty Renemans, a senior now in the Phi Kappa Psi chapter at Ashland University, holds many memories with them dear to his heart. When asked to describe the Arnold twins, Renemans said, “They were always about making memories with their brothers. They never let anyone get them down and always found the best in everything. They realized that our time together in this fraternity was short, and they managed to make the most of every minute of it. They never had to hold a high-power position for guys like me to remember them. True gentlemen, natural born leaders, and I miss seeing them every day.”

After graduation the Arnold twins decided to move to California in hopes of pursuing professional acting careers. After three years of continuing hard work, accomplishments and challenges the Arnold twins have proven that any dream is possible no matter how small your Ohio town is.

The link to their commercial is Ashland University and the current members of Phi Kappa Psi are honored to see how far these two brothers have come in their journey.

The Ashland University chapter of Phi Kappa Psi focuses on philanthropy and raising money for their national charity, The Boys and Girls Club of America. The gentlemen in Phi Kappa Psi find success living toward their creed of becoming “a brotherhood of honorable men, courteous and cultured, who pledge throughout their lives to be generous, compassionate and loyal comrades.”

The Ashland University theatre department offers students the opportunity to master the skills necessary for a career in the theatre, whether their passion is for acting, musical theatre, directing, stage management or design. Led by outstanding professionally engaged and accomplished faculty, students have the opportunity to jump in feet first at Ashland. The intimate size of our program engages students early in their academic career, with an intensive production schedule and curriculum that prepares students for the rigors of the profession. Many graduates move directly to work in professional theatre, television and film or to study at top-rated graduate programs throughout the nation.

Ashland University, ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2016, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University ( values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students. ###