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Ashley Malafronte is a Brooklyn-based director, dramaturg, and educator who is utterly obsessed with stories and the people who tell them. Ashley focuses on radical new adaptations or revivals that challenge canonicity, ensemble-driven devising processes, and work that centers community in both its development and its performance. She holds a master’s degree in Performance as Public Practice and a graduate certificate in Arts & Cultural Management & Entrepreneurship from UT-Austin.
Ashley has created work at WOW Café Theatre, the Plaxall Gallery, the Center at West Park, and others including site-specific work at the Pier House (Inis Mór, Ireland), Whiting Mills (Winsted, CT), her actual kitchen/cyberspace (Austin, TX/elsewhere), and in various locations with A Broken Umbrella Theatre (New Haven, CT). Directing assistantships/oberverships include work with the Rude Mechs and a SDCF Observership on Erica Schmidt’s Mac Beth. As an arts administrator, Ashley has served as Artistic Associate at The Dare Tactic, Education Coordinator at Shakespeare on the Sound, and Dramaturgy Co-Chair for the Cohen New Works Festival.
In addition to her generative work, Ashley is currently Content Editor for HowlRound Theatre Commons and the Head of Theatre Studies for the Waterwell Drama Program at the Professional Performing Arts School, where she teaches conservatory-style courses informed by civic-minded pedagogy. As a teacher, she urges students to be thoughtful, active consumers of theatrical events and intentional, collaborative theatre practitioners. As a theatremaker, of course, she aims to be both of these things herself.
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