We are a professional, non-Equity, not-for-profit theater company.


Albion Theatre will explore the long and rich history of playwriting in Britain (with regular trips across the sea to Ireland.) Our productions will aim not only to entertain but to inform audiences of the social, political and cultural influences of the time.


Robert Ashton

Founder & Artistic Director

For over two decades Robert has been an actor and director in St. Louis theater and has served on the boards of Muddy Waters Theatre, St. Louis Shakespeare and West End Players Guild. He was Artistic Director at First Run Theatre in 2020 and 2021. Robert retired from a career in manufacturing, primarily in legal and HR functions, and has a degree in Law from Sheffield University. He has been a member of several human services and arts boards and is currently on the Board of Trustees for the Saint Louis Art Museum. 

Joe Carpenter

Board Member

In addition to Albion Theatre Joe also currently sits on the board of the St. Louis Actors’ Studio focusing on fundraising events, social media, and marketing. He is also a board member of Chatillon-DeMenil Foundation as treasurer, and collaborating on Events and Fundraising. We would also be remiss if we did not mention his work with the Garden Club of St. Louis and his board membership at the St. Louis Mercantile Library board member.

Gwynneth Rausch

Managing Director

Gwynneth has been dabbling in theatre in St. Louis since 2009, after attending the Broadcast Center. She has helped with props and acted with many of the local theatre groups.  Her favourite roles include Macbeth (Macbeth, Stray Dog Theater), Lady Are (Restoration, St. Louis Shakespeare), Beverley (The Shadowbox, Marblestage Theater), and many more.  More recently she has taken on the role of President of First Run Theatre.  First Run provides an opportunity for Midwest regional playwrights to see their original works produced and performed.

Gwynneth graduated from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth with a Joint Honours degree in Botany and Zoology.  She did graduate studies at The University of York, Toronto, then conducted environmental studies for the Metropolitan and Region Conservation Authority, Toronto.  She then worked at Pioneer Village, Toronto for twenty years, becoming Head of Livestock, raising 1860s farm animals and providing demonstrations of farm life – sheep shearing by hand, harnessing and driving draft horses, to the over 300,000 visitors a year.

She then moved to St. Louis and worked on the Budweiser Clydesdale breeding farm.  Since 2008 she has been working as a Standardized Patient (working with students to improve communication skills) for the medical schools at Washington University and St. Louis University, The Pharmacy College, and UMSL Physician’s Assistant program.

Will Saulsbery

Marketing Director

Will’s career as a performer spans two decades as the front man for the rock group Money For Guns. They have put out six critically acclaimed albums and played countless live shows. Will has also appeared in three plays with First Run Theatre viz Zoom over the past two pandemic stricken years.

In his professional life he is a Sr. Manager of Field Marketing for a Fortune 100 telecommunications company, and a freelance writer. He lives with his wife and daughter on the outskirts of the city.