Directing & Devising
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.
Fall & Winter 2018/2019
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.