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Playwright and actor Ted Swartz brings music, comedy and storytelling to conversation about sexuality, faith and family

Three is a magic number, says veteran actor and playwright Ted Swartz. “That’s true in baseball, theater and comedy,” he says. “I generally listen when things come in threes.” The adage has served him well for more than 20 years, as Swartz ’89, M.Div ’92, has engaged with the unlikely trio of theology, comedy and issues of faith. First with Lee Eshleman ’86 in Ted ...More


Comedian Lifts Curtain on Depression

Ted Swartz was only half of the acting duo, which for 20 years, was known as Ted and Lee TheaterWorks. But that abruptly changed when his acting partner, Lee Eshleman, took his own life in 2007 as a result of clinical depression. Since then, Swartz has avoided directly addressing the death of his friend in his productions, though he has address ...More

EMU Commons Renovation Includes Facilities for Theater, Digital Media Programs

Students come to EMU from as far away as the West Coast to study digital photography. Soon they will benefit from new state-of-the-art digital media lab space, classrooms and galleries, thanks to a recently funded renovation to EMU’s University Commons. ...More

Studio Theater Named in Honor of Lee E. Eshleman

EMU celebrates the life and work of Lee E. Eshleman, 1963-2007, by naming the University Commons studio theater in his honor. A small gallery at the theater entrance will showcase some of Lee’s art work and photos of him on stage. Read more… ...More

Laughter and Tears: Remembering Lee Eshleman

“My heart is achin’, for you, Mr. Lee, My heart is achin’, for you, Mr. Lee, He’s the handsomest sweetie That you’ll ever see . . . “ Often, upon encountering Lee Eshleman, I would bop up to him singing lines from the Bobbettes’ 1957 musical ditty, “Mr. Lee.” For a long time, he didn’t belie ...More

Eshleman Leaves Legacy of Profound Laughter

Related Links: Lee Eshleman tribute page | Ted & Lee TheaterWorks | Laughter and Tears: Remembering Lee Eshleman ...More

A Tribute to Lee Eshleman

The EMU community grieves the untimely death of Lee Eshleman, a 1986 EMU graduate, on May 17. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Reagan, children, parents, extended family, and the many friends impacted by this tragic loss. Click here to send condolences or share memories of Lee Eshleman ...More