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I'm Ashley... but you can call me Ash. This web site is an archive of some of my work (and works in progress).
I am a multihyphenate artist (theatre director, performer, filmmaker, writer, educator, scholar, and documentarian) creating work that sheds light on the socio-political issues that define our times. I make art with found text, technology, and movement. My work always begins with a question. As a queer woman raised in a single parent working-class household, I am committed to telling working-class stories that investigate the intersections of class, race, and sexuality. I am a Ph.D. Candidate in Theatre and Performance at the CUNY Graduate Center where my research investigates theatre practices in war zones.
I travel and work extensively in conflict zones throughout the world. My creative work has explored the implications of the war on terror, patriotism, religion, security and surveillance, xenophobia, and the refugee crisis. My mission is to create theatre and film that challenges the status quo and transforms the way we see the world.
I am a co-founder and the artistic director Co-Op Theatre East and the founding Artistic Director of Girl Be Heard two New York City-based theatres actively exploring what it means to be socially conscious art makers. My work with both companies and as a freelance director, playwright, and performer has received critical acclaim for its innovative, entertaining and ambitious storytelling and generous exchange between performers and audiences.
Welcome to my home on the web! I welcome you to click around to learn more!