Ashley “Smash” L. Koenig
Resident Stage Manager/Administrative Assistant
“I plan on spending the rest of my life expressing myself.”
Where Smash Got Her Girl Power: Smash is a native New Yorker who is experienced in the art of Stage Management, Set Design, Technical Direction, and the Visual Arts. Smash holds a B.F.A. in Technical Direction from the University of Southern California. During her time at USC, she aided in numerous capacities on over 20 full-length productions, acted as Vice President of the Theatre Students Association, and was chosen to be the B.F.A Commencement Speaker, sharing the podium with David Henry Hwang.
How Smash Has Been Staging the Revolution: Smash’s recent Theatre Credits in Stage Management include “Melancholy Play” (NYU, Atlantic), “Private Dancer” (at The Lion Theatre), “The Cherry Orchard” (NYU, Atlantic), “Sort of Like Julie…” (at The Dorothy Streslin Theatre), “Alabama Baggage” (at The Asylum Theatre, LA), and the New York and Los Angeles installments of “Cyclops: A Rock Opera” (Psittacus Productions). Smash believes not only in the power of story telling but also in the necessity of permitting ourselves to tell these stories and the importance of those platforms that allow these stories to be shared. She is excited to be here at the epicenter of this power, necessity, and importance at Girl Be Heard.
When Smash isn’t Staging the Revolution: You might find her conjuring up writing for her future novel or drawing children’s books on the Staten Island Ferry, talking to strangers on the R train, reading about Carmilla, and you might even catch her singing in empty bathrooms…all while wearing lots of flannel that doesn’t match her pants.
Hear more from Smash: You can send Smash and email at Smash@girlbeheard.org