Educator & Artist

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Directing & Devising


Background

Ashley has been directing, devising and performing in traditional performances venues as well as in applied, community spaces in New York City, Colorado and other major cities around the world for the past decade. Ashley's artistic work and practice is almost always socially minded and contains analysis, commentary and personal stories on various social justice themes. Ashley is particularly interested in creating theatre and performance pieces that ask an audience to shift their understanding of the human experience and develop deeper empathy for the other. Ashley often aims to create an artistic experience that somehow allows for a deepening of awareness and healing, even in her more traditional work. Ashley’s favorite way to create is by devising (creating from nothing) with a community using personal narrative and stories of transformation as the foundation of the performance. But, in her projects Ashley uses various aesthetic forms to tell stories: traditional scripts, play and creative writing, mask work, new and found sound/music, poetry, puppetry, artistic installation, devised movement and dance, image work and more. Ashley delights in working collaboratively with a passionate artistic team and community to bring complex, important stories and ideas to life.


Current Projects

Fall & Winter 2018/2019

  • Ashley is directing A Pocket Full of Dandelions by Kristen Adele and Theo Wilson at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts Off-Center (October - November 2018)

  • Ashley is facilitating and directing devising theatre workshops at the Denver Women’s Correctional Facility and also working to expand to other facilities for the DU Prison Arts Initiative (DU PAI) (August 2018 - March 2019)

  • Ashley is leading the second phase of a devising theatre workshop on re-entry for Rehabilitation through the Arts (RTA) at Fishkill Correctional Facility in New York State (December 2018)

  • Ashley is directing Tick, Tick…Boom! by Jonathan Larson at the University of Denver (January - February 2019)

Below are photos and captions from past, select projects. For more information please see Ashley’s CV.


An image of Ashley directing the devised play  138  with the students of NYU’s Prison Education Program at Wallkill Correctional Facility as part of her course Theatre for Social Change.

An image of Ashley directing the devised play 138 with the students of NYU’s Prison Education Program at Wallkill Correctional Facility as part of her course Theatre for Social Change.

An image from a devised, movement based play Ashley directed at the University of Denver by Morgaine Gooding-Silverwood titled  Cradle Two Grave:  A true story of twins, one of whom is living with Borderline Personality Disorder.

An image from a devised, movement based play Ashley directed at the University of Denver by Morgaine Gooding-Silverwood titled Cradle Two Grave: A true story of twins, one of whom is living with Borderline Personality Disorder.

An image from a talkback with (Re)Emergent Theatre (a theatre company for men and women coming home from prison) after their production of  Getting Close  in Harlem, New York.

An image from a talkback with (Re)Emergent Theatre (a theatre company for men and women coming home from prison) after their production of Getting Close in Harlem, New York.

An image of Ashley performing in mask for a street performance in the middle of San Juan, Puerto Rico.

An image of Ashley performing in mask for a street performance in the middle of San Juan, Puerto Rico.

An image of Ashley directing/devising a play in Zanzibar, Tanzania with a group of young Zanzibarian women. The play was about issues in the Zanzibarian community and was created with GETheatre as part of Ashley’s course Devising Social Justice Theatre for the University of Denver.

An image of Ashley directing/devising a play in Zanzibar, Tanzania with a group of young Zanzibarian women. The play was about issues in the Zanzibarian community and was created with GETheatre as part of Ashley’s course Devising Social Justice Theatre for the University of Denver.

An image of Ashley performing her Master’s Thesis  Disordered:  An Interview-Based Play about Body Image and Beauty in the United States at New York University.

An image of Ashley performing her Master’s Thesis Disordered: An Interview-Based Play about Body Image and Beauty in the United States at New York University.

An image from a play performance in a slum in Mumbai, India where Ashley worked with GETheatre to devise a piece about issues in these young people’s lives.

An image from a play performance in a slum in Mumbai, India where Ashley worked with GETheatre to devise a piece about issues in these young people’s lives.

An image of Ashley devising a piece about the theme of forced marriage with college students in Mumbai, India through GETheatre.

An image of Ashley devising a piece about the theme of forced marriage with college students in Mumbai, India through GETheatre.

An image of Ashley’s young female students creating props for a play they wrote and created with her for the Girls Leadership’s Art Intensive.

An image of Ashley’s young female students creating props for a play they wrote and created with her for the Girls Leadership’s Art Intensive.