Sharon Dobbins Alberson
Sharon Dobbins Alberson enjoys a diversified life as musician, minister, lawyer, wife and mother. Born in Akron, Ohio, Sharon was raised in a Pentecostal minister's home where she first experienced the power of faith and music. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Kent State University, where she studied voice, piano, composition, and conducting. She spent two summers as a Blossom Festival Music Scholar with the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra. Sharon is also a graduate of Harvard Divinity School and Oxford University. Sharon was Visiting Associate Professor of Humanities at Wesleyan university in 1991 and 1992. From 1993 to 2003 Sharon taught Religion and Applied Ethics in the Philosophy Department at Southern Connecticut State University. Then from 2003 to 2006 Sharon served on the Ministerial Staff at Southport Congregational Church (CT). Sharon was also the director of the Northern Lights/North Star Singers of Fairfield County (CT) from 2001 to 2006. In 2006, Sharon and her husband Ramsey and daughter Heather moved to Cuyahoga Falls Ohio, and brought Faith Musicals "home". In addition to producing her own music, Sharon has worked as musical director at the Weathervane Playhouse in Akron. She is an "on-call" Chaplain at Akron Children's Hospital and is Minister of Music at Trinity United Church of Christ in Akron.
Inspired by the faithful life and ministry of her mother Dolores Dobbins who died in June of 1992, Sharon has been writing, directing and producing faith musicals since 1993. The mission for Faith Musicals is to bring people together to present a faith-building message and, at the same time, address a concrete community need. The first musical, The Law of Love, was first performed at Salem Lutheran Church (Bridgeport, CT) in October 1993, for the benefit of Habitat for Humanity and The Council of Churches of Greater Bridgeport. Since its original production, The Law of Love has been performed a number of times in new venues (including Simsbury, CT; Auburn, ME; Daytona Beach, FL; and St. Louis, MO and Akron, OH). The Trial of Job is the second major musical work Sharon has written and directed. The Trial of Job was performed for the first time in 1996 for the benefit of the VNS of Connecticut Hospice at Home Program. The next three musicals, Found and Forgiven (1998), A Star for Freedom (1999) and Forever Love (2000) were first produced at the Quick Center for the Performing Arts at Fairfield University. The latest two works, "The Chaplain" (written in 2006--based on Sharon's first-hand experience as a Chaplain intern) and "The Peace Table" (written in 2007-- inspired by a close friend's son with Autism) have been performed in Southern Connecticut and in Northeast Ohio, for the benefit of local charities.