What's New? 

"PROMISES YOU BREAK" TO DEBUT IN PORTLAND, OREGON

June, 2016 - Ashley is returning to Sellwood Playhouse in Portland, Oregon  with Girl Be Heard and Rogue Pack to debut new work called "Promises You Break: Stories from Youth in LGBT, Mental Health, Foster Care and Homeless Communities". She will be leading devised theatre workshops and doing a cameo performance in this piece. The show will take place at the Sellwood Playhouse in Portland, Oregon on June 10th, 2016 at 7:30 pm. More information can be found here

GIRLPOWER: SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST AT ALICE AUSTEN HOUSE MUSEUM

Don't miss the best way to spend a summer afternoon. Ashley directs "GirlPower: Survival of the Fittest" on site at the Alice Austen House Museum in Staten Island. Don't miss this free performance on June 4th, 2016 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm. The show touches on issues facing women and girls in New York City and across the globe. 

ASHLEY RECEIVES THE "WHAT BETTER LOOKS LIKE" AWARD 

May, 2016 - Ashley was honored with the What Better Looks Like Award alongside Jessica Greer Morris for her role as Founder and Artistic Director of Girl Be Heard. Thank you to the incredible folks at What Better Looks Like for this wonderful honor. 

ASHLEY PRESENTS ENSEMBLE DEVISED WORK WITH YOUTH AT McCARTER THEATRE

March, 2016 - Ashley led McCarter Theatre's middle school acting ensemble in devising and creating their own show based on the issues they care most about in their communities. From a series of workshops, acting classes, movement, voice and writing, the young artists created a brand new piece called "Because I Believe", about growing up as a girl in their community.

EMBODI(ED) PERFORMS AT THE UNITED NATIONS 

March, 2016 - Ashley presented segments from Embodi(ED) at the United Nations for the Commission on the Status of Women. 

EMBODI(ED) AT HERE ARTS CENTER

EMBODI(ED) at HERE Arts Center

February 11th through 21st, 2016

Embodi(ED) is a documentary theatre and dance piece about our country's feeding frenzy with body dysmorphia. Based on interviews with people of all ages and genders conducted by Girl Be Heard ensemble members, Embodi(ED) reveals the stories of countless people suffering from eating disorders and the dangerous economic investment that teaches us to hate our bodies. Purchase tickets here

BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA TOUR 

BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA TOUR September 7th through September 15th - Ashley is touring a new show called "Under one Sun" about the global feminist movement and leading workshops with Girl Be Heard in Sarajevo. A NYC preview will be held on September 2nd at 7:00 pm at The Wild Project

DIRECTING WORKSHOP AT PRIMARY STAGES

This Play is Native Made

Written and Performed by Ryan Victor "Little Eagle" Pierce
Directed by Ashley Marinaccio
In response to the State of New Jersey's recent treatment of its indigenous people, a Lenape artist takes us on an odyssey of everything old still being new, and how the emancipation of this Nation of First Contact can lead to the freedom of all residents of the East Coast.
 Friday, September 4th @ 4pm at Primary Stages Studios, 307 W 38th Street, Suite 1510, New York, NY 10018

AMERICAN GUMBO WITH REBEL THEATRE ENSEMBLE

AMERICAN GUMBO! Rebel Ensemble's 2015 Showcase is Monday, August 31 at 3pm and 7pm at Ripley-Grier. You must RSVP as space is limited. RSVP at www.RebelTheater.com

PARTHENOGENESIS AT FRINGENYC

Parthenogenesis by Patrick Cleary

Directed by Ashley Marinaccio

Featuring Sophie Walker, Karen Lynn Gorney, Kathryn Neville Browne, Brandon Jones, Richard Binder, Adiagha Faizah, Bradley Levine and Emma Kotkin 
FringeNYC - The New York International Fringe Festival 

Theresa, abandoned by her father on a frozen lake 40 years ago, had a daughter via artificial insemination. Tonight, her father tries to reconnect and her daughter arrives with the professor who got her pregnant. No secrets are safe forever.

 

THERE ARE NO CAMELS IN BEIRUT at CULTURE PROJECT

Co-Op Theatre East invites you to a public reading of: 
THERE ARE NO CAMELS IN BEIRUT 
Written by 
Ashley Marinaccio
Directed by Alex Mallory
Featuring Grace Duffey, Ashley Marinaccio, Giovanni Patrick, Ryan Victor Pierce and Anna Savant
Beirut. 2006. What does it mean to be on the “wrong” side of conflict? 
Part of 
Culture Project's Summer Reading Series. There Are No Camels in Beirut is based on personal experiences of Lebanon during the 2006 war. There will be a talk back following the reading.
 

TEACHING POLITICAL THEATRE AT McCARTER THEATER 

Ashley is teaching McCarter Theatre Center's Spotlight on Political Theatre Intensive, January and February of 2015. She will be focusing on various devised theatre techniques including Theatre of the Oppressed, Moment Work and Documentary Theatre. 

DEVISING THEATRE IN TAIWAN

Ashley led Girl Be Heard workshops and devised a show on street harassment with young women in Taiwan, October 4th through 12th. The show was performed in Mandarin and created in collaboration with young women from Garden of Hope, a non-profit organization that empowers homeless youth. 

 

 

GIRL BE HEARD PORTLAND TOUR

Ashley is on tour! She will be working alongside organizations combating youth homelessness and leading Girl Be Heard theatre/activism workshops in Portland, Oregon from September 24th through 27th. Girl Be Heard will have a one night only performance at the Sellwood Playhouse. 

 


4 PERRY AWARD NOMINATIONS

Next to Normal is nominated for 4 Perry Awards - honoring outstanding theatre in all of New Jersey's 2013-2014 season.

BUZZFEED ARTICLE

Girl Be Heard is featured on Buzzfeed. Read the piece here. 

NEXT TO NORMAL - TICKETS ON SALE

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GIRL BE HEARD EUROPEAN TOUR

"Trafficked", "9mm America" and "Girl Be Heard: Congo" are touring Europe with Girl Be Heard. Performances will be featured at the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict in London and the Roskilde Music Festival in Copenhagen. 

WOMEN CENTER STAGE AT CULTURE PROJECT

14 AWARD NOMINATIONS

Girl Be Heard's 9mm America and Co-Op Theatre East's Good Shape is nominated for a total of 14 Award Nominations at Planet Connections Theatre Festivity including "Outstanding Production" (9mm America) and "Outstanding Direction" (9mm America and Good Shape).

LPTW's LUCILLE LORTEL VISIONARY AWARD

Founder and Artistic Director of Girl Be Heard, Ashley Marinaccio, has been named recipient of the 2013 Lucille Lortel Women's Visionary Award by the League of Professional Theatre Women. The Award, established with an endowment given by Lucille Lortel, is given to women and organizations performing theatre outreach, development, and education work, outside the traditional parameters of production. Marinaccio, age 28, received this award at the annual Awards Luncheon at Sardi's in the heart of the theatre district. "Girl Be Heard uses theatre to grow the next generation of women leaders, thinkers, and visionaries." says Marinaccio.  "Our girls' stories give audiences perspective into the struggles of marginalized communities whether they are 4000 miles away or right next door." Read the press release here

GOOD SHAPE WORKSHOP DEBUT

Written by Brady Amoon and Ashley Marinaccio. Directed by Ashley Marinaccio. Good Shape is a new multimedia documentary play that explores the relationship between capitalism, consumer culture and self-hatred. Good Shape explores the reasons why we don’t love our bodies, what the societal factors could be, and how we can begin to heal as a culture. 

9MM AMERICA DEBUT

9mm America explores America’s culture of violence. Written and performed by ten young women, this documentary theatre production is the real story of our girls’ experience with gun violence – from gang warfare to cross fire deaths of family members. 9mm America plays the following schedule as part of the Planet Connections Theatre Festivity:

Robert Moss Theater
440 Lafayette Street - 3rd Floor

Saturday 6/1 at 6:30pm - Special Guest, Kat Graham
Sunday 6/2 at 6:30pm - Special Guest, Kathy Najimy
Tuesday 6/4 at 8:00pm - Special Guest, Ruth Messinger
Friday 6/7/13 at 4:30pm - Special Guest, Lynn Nottage
Sunday 6/9 at 5:00pm - Special Guest, Monique Coleman
Tuesday 6/18 at 3:30 pm - Special Guest, Eve Ensler
Wednesday 6/19 at 8:00pm - Special Guest, Nigel Barker

PROJECT GIRL IS GIRL BE HEARD

GIRL'S LIBERATION FRONT AT FRINGENYC

Girl's Liberation Front is composed of step-dancing, songs, and spoken word performances that will give audiences a unique perspective on the status of women and girls. Written by girls age 9 through 22, Girl’s Liberation Front is a groundbreaking call to action.

RIDING IN CARS WITH HEZBOLLAH AT CULTURE PROJECT

"Riding in Cars with Hezbollah" debuts in Culture Project's IMPACT Festival. Amidst the 2006 war, an American student and Lebanese cab driver attempt returning back to Beirut. "Riding in Cars with Hezbollah" is being presented in Culture Project's Directors Weekend alongside five other pieces by NYC's hottest young directors created to prompt discussion on foreign policy. 

ASHLEY WINS OUTSTANDING DIRECTOR

Ashley wins outstanding director for her work on Trafficked in the 2012 Planet Connections Theatre Festivity. She also was a recipient of the Planet Activist Award. 

WOOD BONES AT THE LARK THEATRE

Ashley is playing the role of Vera in the developmental staged reading of Wood Bones by William S. Yellowrobe Jr. at the Lark Theatre. Wood Bones is directed by Bob Jaffe. 

TRAFFICKED NOMINATED FOR 11 AWARDS

Planet Activist (Full Cast/Crew), Congeniality (Jessica Greer Morris), Outstanding Overall Production, Outstanding Direction (Ashley Marinaccio), Outstanding Supporting Actress (Aya Abdelaziz), Outstanding Actress in a Featured or Cameo Role (2 nominations- Mildred Victoria Jones-Hamm and Samantha Phillips), Outstanding Costume Design (Ileany Fields), Outstanding Media (Gil Sperling), Outstanding Set Design (Tijiana Bjelajac) and Outstanding Ensemble. View nominees here.

TRAFFICKED DEBUTS at 45 BLEECKER STREET THEATRE

Gloria Steinem, Nigel Barker, Kathy Nijimy, Winter Miller and Abigail Disney join Girl Be Heard!

 

TRAFFICKED
15 girls. 15 stories of girls "In the Life"
Written and Performed by Girl Be Heard
Directed by Ashley Marinaccio
Produced by Jessica Greer Morris
Stage Managed by Christa Noelle, Assistant Directed by Sydney Arndt, Lighting Design by Yael Lubetzky, Projection and Media Design by Gil Sperling, Set Design by Tijana Bjelajac, Costumes by Illeany Fields

Trafficked tells the story sex slavery and child exploitation through the eyes of fifteen young women across the globe. In an ensemble devised performance constructed by interviews, research and media, the cast puts a name and face to the thousands of undocumented girls and boys who are trafficked into the billion dollar sex industry each year.

ASHLEY GIVES A TED TALK

Columbia University Teacher's College - TEDxTeachersCollege

 

Ashley is representing Girl Be Heard at TED. She is speaking alongside Executive Director Jessica Greer Morris and a special performance on theatre's role in gender empowerment and international education.

ASHLEY IS LADY MACBETH

January 11th- 15th, 2012 (click the link below for more information) 

Macbeth

By William Shakespeare

Produced and Directed by Tony White

Assistant Directed by Ryan Victor Pierce

Stage Managed by Sharon Murphy

Design by David Nash

FeaturingIan Richard Barnes, Jacqueline Chambers, Jennifer Desmarais, Lawrence Frank, John Freeman, Laura Grayson, Will Harmon, Yan Kirichenko, Sam Lopresti, Ashley Marinaccio, David Nash, Bradley J Sumner, Tony Travostino, Dylan Digel 

 

Tempted by the prophecies of three mysterious witches, Macbeth’s ambition to be King of Scotland leads him into a nightmarish world of evil, deceit, and murder.  Monstrous actions run rampant as he and Lady Macbeth lose themselves to unstoppable drives of savagery and political atrocity. 


JANE FONDA INTRODUCES ASHLEY'S WORK AT TED

Ashley's work with Girl Be Heard is being featured at TEDxWomen. Viewers can watch the entire presentation on the TED website or visit the Press page to view Girl Be Heard's performance. 

 

TRAFFICKED AT ECPAT'S 20TH ANNIVERSARY GALA

Wednesday, November 30th 2011 at 6:00pm 

 

Directed by Ashley Marinaccio

Assistant Directed by Sara Lyons 

Produced by Jessica Greer Morris

Edited by Hillary Yeung, Jessica Greer Morris, Ashley Marinaccio and Sara Lyons

Developed by and Featuring: Monica Furman, Dominique Fishback, Karen Vigo, Sophie Walker, Jaida Forman, Tracey Hassel, Danielle Walker, Georgie Exinord  

 

Commissioned by ECPAT (End Child Prostitution, Child Pornography and Trafficking). Trafficked is being developed by Girl Be Heard to bring awareness to the local and global commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking of children and youth. 

ASHLEY PLAYS HAILEY BOYES ON ONION NEWS NETWORK

Ashley is proud to be appearing as trailer trash queen Hailey Boyes on Season 2/Episode 4 of the Onion News Network, airing on IFC. Check your local cable listings for more details. Ashley is also appearing on a trailer for the upcoming film "Evil Things". Click Actor to view the trailer. 

VOICES OF OUR GENERATION AT NJ STATE THEATRE

Monday, April 04, 2011, 10:30am

New Jersey State Theatre

Written by Girl Be Heard
Directed by Ashley Marinaccio
Produced and edited by Jessica Greer Morris
Assistant Directed by Anna Umansky, Emily Rupp, and Haleigh Spasojevich
Developed by Ashley Marinaccio, Elizabeth Koke, and Jessica Greer Morris

In 2009, Girl Be Heard performed at the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. Now these 16 smart and outspoken girls, aged 10 to 21, take center stage at the State Theatre, revealing what is on the minds of young women of their generation. In deeply personal monologues, poems, and short scenes—based on real interviews and experiences—they explore topics such as body image, sexual pressures, family relationships, and being weird, different, flawed, and full of dreams for the future. It’s a show that will speak powerfully to all young people—the boys as well as the girls.

PROJECT GIRL: CONGO ON TOUR

Conceived and Developed by Jessica Greer Morris

Directed by Ashley Marinaccio

Performance at the WHITE HOUSE

Debuting at the VIRGINIA HOLOCAUST MUSEUM

Touring with the PANZI HOSPITAL FOUNDATION


Project Girl: Congo is a showcase of theatre, dance, music, monologues, poetry and activism devised by Girl Be Heard members and youth leaders living and working in Congo. Project Girl: Congo addresses of the atrocities of war and rape affecting women in the Congo. Project Girl: Congo has been featured at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women meeting in March, 2011 and is currently on a US tour with the Panzi Hospital Foundation.  

ASHLEY AS CHARLOTTE IN BEYOND THERAPY

Written by Christopher Durang and Directed by Ryan Pifher
Please call (201) 857-3520 for tickets or visit:
www.porchlightproductions.org

 

STARRING: Phyto Stratis (Bruce), Rachael Lee (Prudence), Omar Robinson (Bob), Ashley Marinaccio (Charlotte), Bill Porterfield (Stuart) & Jon E. Sims (Andrew).

 

Bruce and Prudence are deeply into therapy. Prudence's hyper macho therapist (Stuart) is urging her to be more assertive while Bruce's wacky therapist (Charlotte) wants him to meet women by placing a personal ad. She does not fully comprehend that Bruce has a male lover (Bob) who is not pleased by Bruce's desire to date a woman: Prudence. Bruce doesn't know how to handle poor nervous Prudence and Prudence doesn't know what to make of her unpredictable new boyfriend. They do learn to live "beyond therapy" in this delightful Off Broadway hit that moved successfully to Broadway

DOCUMENTARY: A SUICIDE NARRATIVE AT BRECHT FORUM

Written by Ashley Marinaccio

October 21, 2010 at 7:30pm

 

In light of the recent epidemic of queer youth suicides, Co-Op Theatre East and the Brecht Forum bring you Documentary: A Suicide Narrative, a play that deals with the themes of LGBT youth, suicide, bullying and homophobia as a fundraiser for The Trevor Project, a nonprofit endeavor established to promote acceptance of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth, and to aid in suicide prevention among that group. Following the reading will be a talk back and community discussion on suicide, bullying and ways to be an ally to LGBT youth.

NY INTERNATIONAL FRINGE FESTIVAL

August 15th through 26th, 2010

written by the 2009-2010 Girl Be Heard and directed by Ashley Marinaccio and Jessica Greer Morris featured in the 2010 NY International Fringe Festival.

 

GirlPower: Survival of the Fittest is an empowering, ensemble-driven collection of words written and performed by teenagers, struggling with issues they face growing up in today's world. In deeply personal material based on real interviews and experiences, the young women explore topics such as peer pressure, body image, being an outcast, different, flawed, and full of dreams for the future. They share their perspectives on love, relationships, current events, the future and creating change. Audiences can expect to walk away with a renewed sense of their own empowerment, regardless of age and gender.The GirlPower: Survival of the Fittest website.

DECADENT ACTS at PLANET CONNECTIONS

JUNE 15th through JUNE 24th, 2010

written and directed by Ashley Marinaccio will be featured in the Planet Connections Theatre Festivity.


Set in late 1980s New York City, Decadent Acts chronicles the story of a lesbian couple struggling against legislated discrimination. When television personality Farah White falls fatally ill, her partner, professor Jolene Shatila, along with their daughter Nicole, are faced with unexpected challenges that will change their lives forever. From child custody laws, to hospital visitation rights, Decadent Acts spotlights the harsh reality of discriminatory regulations against same-sex partners, plunging emotional and political depths with grace and searing honesty. At a time when the push for full equality is finally building real momentum across the country, this play couldn’t be timelier. The show stars Anna Savant as Dr. Jolene Shatila, Hannah Rose Barfoot as Farah White and Beatrice Miller as their young daughter, Nicole. The ensemble is comprised of Mike Callahan, Joanie Fritz Zosike, Alex Herrald, C. Rose Kearns, Michelle Sims, Alionka Polanco, and David Roberts. Decadent Acts is written and directed by Ashley Marinaccio.

DOCUMENTARY: A SUICIDE NARRATIVE AT TADA!

6:00 pm at TADA! Youth Theater (15 W. 28th Street). Tickets are free. Reserve tickets by e-mailing vshore@tadatheater.com. About the Staged Reading Series: Plays are selected through TADA!’s internationally recognized Semi-Annual One-Act Playwriting Contest and performed by members of TADA!’s Resident Youth Ensemble Program and adult professional actors. Each play is minimally staged in three to seven rehearsals with the actors performing the play script-in-hand. The Staged Reading Series is made possible with the support of the Gregory Millard Memorial Fund and The Dramatists Guild Fund, Inc.

STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER AT THE INDYPENDENT

Ashley's photography is featured on the cover and alongside article "Inside Columbus Highschool". Pick up your free copy of The Indypendent at various locations throughout NYC or click here to see the most recent issue, www.indypendent.org.

NY INTERNATIONAL FRINGE FESTIVAL

Bold. Smart. Fresh. For teens, by teens. GirlPower: Voices of a Generation is an empowering, ensemble-driven collection of words written and performed by teenagers, struggling with issues they face growing up in today's world. Through monologues and spoken word, the young women share their perspectives on love, relationships, the future, creating social change and finding power through theatre. Audiences can expect to walk away with a renewed sense of their own empowerment, regardless of their age and gender. Not only does the cast of GirlPower discuss the problems plaguing their generation, but they present audiences with solutions and ideas for action that can start upon leaving the theatre.

LINCOLN CENTER DIRECTORS LAB

Ashley is a member of the Lincoln Center Theater Director's Lab! The LCT Directors Lab is a developmental program for nurturing stage directors from around the country and around the world. It is a series of workshops, readings, rehearsals, investigations, roundtable discussions, and studio productions to provide young directors with an intensive study of their craft while fostering collaborative relationships among a peer community of artists. http://www.lct.org/directorsLabMain.htm