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Ashley Marinaccio

Ashley Marinaccio is a director, writer, performer, and filmmaker 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. She is also listed as one of Culture Trip's 50 Women in Theatre You Should Know. 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. 

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 the 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, Old Vic/New Voices and Civilian's Field Research Team. She 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 proud member of AEA and SAG/AFTRA.

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