“The poet who is not in trouble with the king is in trouble with her work.”
Where Ashley got her girl power: Ashley holds her MA in Performance Studies from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and BA in Theatre Directing and Sociology/Anthropology with minors in Women/Gender and Middle Eastern Studies from Pace University. She is a member of SAG/AFTRA, League of Professional Theatre Women and American Anthropological Association, and is a League of Professional Theatre Women Lucille Lortel Women’s Visionary Award Recipient. Ashley is a visiting professor in the Performing Arts School at Pace University, and is currently pursuing her PhD at the CUNY Graduate Center.
How Ashley has been staging the revolution: Ashley’s theatrical work has been seen off-Broadway, at TED conferences, The White House, The Apollo, United Nations and on tour throughout the United States and Europe. Her work has received critical acclaim from The NY Times, New Yorker, Huffington Post, Ms. Magazine, Ebony, NY Press, Time Out NY, Backstage, Show Business and has been featured in segments on Buzzfeed, NBC, BBC, Al Jazeera, MTV, VH1 and NY1. She is a co-founder/director of Co-Op Theatre East. She is an alumna of BAM/Kennedy Center’s Professional Development Program, Hemispheric Institute for Performance and Politics – EMERGENYC, American Theatre Wing’s – SpringboardNYC and member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab, Old Vic/New Voices and Rebel Ensemble.
When Ashley isn’t staging the revolution she enjoys Halloween, The Hunger Games, obsessing over the missing plane MH370, “fangirling” Democracy Now and challenging the status quo. She is currently learning the dance to Sia’s “Chandelier.”
Hear more from Ashley by watching her Ted Talk, “Give it Up for Rush Limbaugh,” or visiting her website.