DIRECTING PUSSYFEST VI
February, 2019 - Ashley is directing 3 pieces in PUSSYFEST VI. The evening features monologues about the body, custom-written for
New York’s finest women, femme, and gender-defying actors. An exaltation of the body, this is Caps Lock’s sixth annual
This year’s Pussyfest is a fundraiser for Third Wave Fund (www.thirdwavefund.org). Third Wave Fund is the only activist fund led by and for women of color, intersex, queer, and trans folks under 35 years old in the US. They ensure young women, queer, and trans youth of color have the tools and resources they need to lead powerful movements, and that they have a seat at the table within philanthropy. Third Wave supports gender justice groups from the ground up with rapid response grants, long-term funding for emerging groups, and capacity building.
FILM DIRECTORIAL DEBUT - RAPTURE
October, 2018 - Ashley wrapped filming on her directorial debut Rapture which deals with the aftermath of the September 11th attacks. Learn more about the project here.
THE WAITING ROOM AT THE ASHTAR THEATRE IN PALESTINE
July, 2018 - Ashley co-directs The Waiting Room as part of the ASHTAR International Youth Theatre Festival in Palestine. Set in purgatory, The Waiting Room utilizes movement, music and text to look at questions of home, identity, systems of oppression and internal oppression. The Waiting Room debuted in the July, 2018 Ashtar International Youth Theatre Festival in Ramallah, Palestine.
KEEPERS OF THE LAND AT RATTLESTICK
CULTURE TRIP'S 50 WOMEN IN THEATRE YOU SHOULD KNOW
Ashley is listed as #25 on Culture Trip's list of 50 Women in Theatre You Should Know. Read the article and learn about the work of all the incredible artists who are listed.
NEW YORK CITY GIRLS WILL KILL YOU AT NJ REP
October 2017 - Ashley directs Graham Techler's New York City Girls Will Kill You in the NJ Rep's All About Eve Festival. Amy, Jessica, Christina and Karen are going out! At an Eden-themed club night in Manhattan, they find themselves questioning their costumes, their dates, and most importantly tonight's theme and what it means to them.
PCTF AWARD NOMINATION FOR OUTSTANDING DIRECTION
August 2017 - Building a Real Boy, a new play about Aaron Swartz is nominated for three Planet Connections Awards including Outstanding Director (Ashley Marinaccio), Outstanding Production of a Staged Reading (Co-Op Theatre East) and Planet Activist (Michael Rehse). Read the full announcement on Broadway World.
RESISTANCE AT PLAYWRIGHTS FOR A CAUSE
July 2017 - Ashley assistant directed Resistance by ReGina Taylor under Tony Award Winner Tonya Pinkins as part of the Planet Connections Festivity Playwrights for a Cause. The show featured performances by Lynda Gravatt and Bria Monet.
BUILDING A REAL BOY DEBUTS IN PLANET CONNECTIONS FESTIVITY
June 2017 - Ashley directs Building A Real Boy, a multimedia theatrical telling of the life and work of computer activist Aaron Swartz who died tragically at the age of 26 while facing forty years in prison for downloading academic journals. Devised collaboratively by Co-Op Theatre East ensemble members through Swartz’s own writings, and a series of interviews with Swartz’s colleagues and friends, Building A Real Boy sheds light on critical issues surrounding freedom of information, and internet privacy, in addition to the power of youth in fighting oppressive political systems.
SENIOR CITIZEN ENSEMBLE AT QUEENS THEATRE
DECADENT ACTS PRESENTED AT DIXON PLACE
May 2017 - Ashley's play Decadent Acts is presented at Dixon Place. 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, plumbing emotional and political depths with grace and searing honesty. Learn more about Decadent Acts and Ashley's writing here.
ASHLEY JOINS THE CIVILIANS FIELD RESEARCH TEAM
September 2016 - May, 2017: Ashley has joined The Civilians Field Research Team. The FRT works in residence with The Civilians to research project and interview ideas, conduct, transcribe and edit interview materials, and support the general creation of performances, events and online media projects both in the present season and beyond. Read more about The Civilians Field Research Team.
"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
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
EMBODI(ED) AT HERE ARTS CENTER
February 2016 - Ashley directs Embodi(ED) at HERE Arts Center. 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.
BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA TOUR
DIRECTING WORKSHOP AT PRIMARY STAGES
August 2016 - 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 can lead to the freedom of all residents of the East Coast. Ashley directs this workshop at Primary Stages. The show is written and performed by Ryan Victor Pierce.
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
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
Theatre East invites you to a public reading
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
DEVISING THEATRE IN TAIWAN
GIRL BE HEARD PORTLAND TOUR
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.
Girl Be Heard is featured on Buzzfeed. Read the piece here.
NEXT TO NORMAL - TICKETS ON SALE
GIRL BE HEARD EUROPEAN TOUR
WOMEN CENTER STAGE AT CULTURE PROJECT
14 AWARD NOMINATIONS
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
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
WOOD BONES AT THE LARK THEATRE
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!
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
ASHLEY IS LADY MACBETH
January 11th- 15th, 2012 (click the link below for more information)
By William Shakespeare
Produced and Directed by Tony White
Assistant Directed by Ryan Victor Pierce
Stage Managed by Sharon Murphy
Design by David Nash
Featuring: Ian 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
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