"The Poet Who is Not in Trouble with the King is in Trouble with Her Work" - Chinua Achebe 



Ashley Marinaccio is dedicated to storytelling that documents that socio-political issues that define our times. She is a League of Professional Theatre Women Lucille Lortel Visionary Award recipient for her artistic direction of Girl Be Heard, a theatre company that brings global issues affecting girls center stage by empowering young women to tell their stories. She's a TED speaker. Ashley is listed as one of Culture Trip's 50 Women in Theatre You Should Know and a recipient of a 2019 Drama League First Stage Residency and a NY Public Humanities Fellow. 


As a theatre maker, her work has been seen off-Broadway (Joe's Pub, Primary Stages, Rattlestick, Culture Project), at TED conferences, The White House, The Apollo, United Nations and on tour throughout the United States, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. 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. Ashley has traveled extensively throughout the world as an artist, researcher, and teacher. 


Currently, Ashley is working on her Ph.D. in Theatre and Performance at the CUNY Graduate Center. Her research interests include exploring theatre practices in war zones, applications of theatre in social justice movements, politics and performance in times of crisis, community-based theatre, intersections between anthropology and theatre, and documentary theatre. 


Selected directing credits include: This Play is Native Made (Rattlestick, Primary Stages, Governors Island - workshops), The Waiting Room (co-director/ASHTAR International Theatre Festival, Palestine), Riding in Cars with Hezbollah (playwright/director; Culture Project), Culture Project's Women Center Stage Festival and IMPACT Festival, Embodied (HERE); Parthenogenesis (2015), Girl's Liberation Front (2012), GirlPower: Survival of the Fittest (2010) and GirlPower: Voices of a Generation (2009) in the NY International Fringe Festival; 9mm America (2013, Outstanding Production), Trafficked (2012, Outstanding Direction) and Decadent Acts (2010, Planet Activist) at the Planet Connections Festivity; My Name is Rachel Corrie (Kraine Theatre), Documentary: A Suicide Narrative (playwright/director -- Gene Frankel Theatre and Brecht Forum). Regional: Next to Normal (Porch Light Productions). She has directed numerous initiatives within the V-Day Campaign and received the national LUNA Bar Award for Production Excellence for The Vagina Monologues


Performed roles: Lady Macbeth in Macbeth (Double Down Productions) Charlotte in Beyond Therapy (Porch Light Productions), Hecuba in The Trojan Women (Schimmel Center for the Arts), Lulu in Cabaret (Staten Island Shakespearean Theatre) TV: Onion News Network, A Closer Look (Paranormal Exploration Pilot), The Debrief with David Ushery, MTV's Global Summer - Lebanon


As a writer, Ashley's work is published in HowlRound, Arab Stages, The Indypendent, The Advocate, Book of Estro, Dancer Magazine, Humanus Journal of Human Rights. She penned "The Paranormal Northeast" published in Frommer's MTV Roadtrip GuideHer plays and words have appeared on stage at Joe's Pub, Culture Project, Dixon Place, NY International Fringe Festival, Nuyorican Poets Cafe, Manhattan Theatre Source's Estrogenius and Testogenius Festivals, Planet Connections Festivity, Kraine Theatre, Chain Theatre, and the Gene Frankel Theatre. 


Ashley is the Artistic Director of Co-Op Theatre East, she is the co-founder/founding artistic director of Girl Be Heard. She is an alumna of the BAM/Kennedy Center's Professional Development Program, Hemispheric Institute for Performance and Politics - EMERGENYC, American Theatre Wing's - SpringboardNYC, Lincoln Center Directors Lab, Old Vic/New Voices and Civilian's Field Research Team. 


Ashley holds her M.A. 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 AEA and SAG/AFTRA.


Currently, Ashley is a faculty member at Pace University's School of Performing Arts and Hunter College. She has worked as a teaching artist and visiting artist/scholar at the Queens Theatre, McCarter Theatre Center (New Jersey), Wolf Pack (Oregon), Shanghai Theatre Academy (China), ASHTAR Theatre (Palestine) and Garden of Hope (Taiwan). 


TED Talk at Columbia University. Photo Credit: Shaked Uzrad
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