At its core, I see theatre as the meeting of the body and the word, or the meeting of many bodies over many words— a collective formed over the course of an embodied narrative. When it's good, you breathe with it. You hold your breath with it. Then, you realize everyone else is caught on their inhale, too. I'm just trying to get us to synch up, if only for a little while.
Ashley is an artist and scholar utterly obsessed with stories and the people who tell them. She currently makes work in New York an Austin, creating ensemble-driven new plays, theatrical adaptations from other mediums, and radical reimaginings of extant texts.
As a director, Ashley has worked with WOW Cafe Theater, the Plaxall Gallery, the Center at West Park, Blue Pearl Theatrics, Shakespeare on the Sound, the Institute for Jewish-Christian Understanding, and Muhlenberg College; she has created site-specific work at the Pier House (Inis Mór, Ireland) and Whiting Mills (Winsted, CT) and in various locations with A Broken Umbrella Theatre (New Haven, CT) and Bag & Baggage Shakespeare Project (Allentown, PA). She has assisted directors at Red Bull Theatre (Off-Broadway) and A Broken Umbrella Theatre.
In her scholarly work, Ashley researches the aesthetics, politics, and mechanics of theatrical adaptation. Her other research interests include myth on stage, U.S. commercial theatre, theatre in the global economy, and materialist approaches to theatre scholarship. As a teacher, she urges students to be thoughtful, active consumers of theatrical events and intentional, collaborative theatre practitioners. Of course, she also aims to be both of those things herself.
Ashley holds a B.A. in Theatre (concentrations in Directing and Performance Studies) and English from Muhlenberg College and has trained and apprenticed with Elm Shakespeare Company, Civic Theatre of Allentown, Shakespeare on the Sound, and Planet Connections Theatre Festivity. She has held administrative positions at The Dare Tactic, The Artist Co-Op, Shakespeare on the Sound, and Long Wharf Theatre.
Currently, Ashley is completing a Masters in Performance as Public Practice and a Certificate in Arts and Cultural Management & Entrepreneurship at the University of Texas-Austin.