The Poet Who is Not in Trouble with Her King is in Trouble with Her Work

TED Talk at Columbia University. Photo Credit: Shaked Uzrad

Ashley Marinaccio is a director, writer, performer and photographer who creates work that challenges the status quo. She is dedicated to documenting the socio-political issues that define our times. Ashley is a League of Professional Theatre Women Lucille Lortel Women's 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. Her 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. Ashley has traveled extensively throughout the world as an artist, researcher and teacher. 


Currently, Ashley is working on her Ph.D. in Theatre 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.


Select directing credits: 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 Theatre 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). Her work has been seen at the Apollo Theater, New Jersey State Theater, United Nations and The White House. 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 New Network, A Closer Look (Paranomal Exploration Pilot), The Debrief with David Ushery, MTV's Global Summer - Lebanon. 


As a writer, Ashley is published in Book of Estro, Dancer Magazine, Humanus Journal of Human Rights. She penned "The Paranormal Northeast" published in Frommer's MTV Roadtrip Guide . Her plays have appeared at Culture Project, NY International Fringe Festival, Nuyorican Poets Cafe, Manhattan Theatre Source's Estrogenius and Testogenius, Planet Connections Theatre Festivity, Kraine Theatre, Chain Theatre and Gene Frankel Theatre. Ashley is a regular contributor to Green Room Blog and The Indypendent.


Ashley is co-founder/founding artistic director of Girl Be Heard and 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, and Old Vic/New Voices. 


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 from Pace University. She is a member of SAG/AFTRA, League of Professional Theatre Women and American Anthropological Association. Currently, Ashley is a faculty member at Pace University's School of Performing Arts and a member of The Civilian's Field Research Team

View Ashley's 2014-2015 Directing Sizzle Reel