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Ashley Griffin is the first person in history to be nominated for a major award for both playing and directing HAMLET. As a writer Ashley is most well known as the creator of the pop culture phenomenon FOREVER DEADWARD (New World Stages,) praised by MTV, E! EW and others. Her work has been developed at Broadway’s Manhattan Theater Club, Playwrights Horizons, La MaMa, and the American Theater of Actors. Ashley was recently commissioned to write the pilot script for the upcoming network show SILVER MOON. Her screenplay OPHELIA, DECENDING is currently in post production with Seastone Productions.



Ashley has directed extensively in NY and L.A. She most recently helmed the widely heralded production of SNOW at NY’s Sonnet Theater. Ramona Maben of The Harlem Times described her as: “A warrior of stage direction…she transports us through eras, characters and story lines clearly and with ferocious grace…It is truly stunning what she can do with…nothing but the simplest stage magic.”

As an actress, Ashley has performed on and off Broadway as well as in L.A. and London. This past year she appeared on HOMELAND and in THE GREATEST SHOWMAN starring Hugh Jackman.

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NewYorkRep Presents THE OPPOSITE OF LOVE At Royal Family Performing Arts Space

Get ready for THE OPPOSITE OF LOVE, a powerful new play presented by NewYorkRep. Explore themes of trauma, connection, and the complexities of hook ups from
Andrew Justvig's THE ANXIETY OF LAUGHING to be Presented at ART/NY This Month

Mixing It Up Productions will present a staged reading of Andrew Justvig's 'The Anxiety of Laughing.' Learn when and where you can see the performance!
Kate Siegel, Callum Blue, and More to Star in Industry Presentation of Ashley Griffin's TRIAL, Directed By Lori Petty

Full all star cast announced for industry presentation of Ashley Griffin's Trial directed by Lori Petty. The cast includes Kate Siegel, Callum Blue, Jennifer Bareilles, Steven Hauck, and more.
Lori Petty Will Direct Kate Siegel, Jennifer Bareilles, Steve Hauck and More in Industry Reading of TRIAL

Trial, a new play by Ashley Griffin (Snow) and directed by Lori Petty (Orange is the New Black, A League of Their Own) will have two industry presentations on February 28th, 2023 (12pm and 3pm) at TheaterLab in NYC.
Broadway Writer Ashley Griffin Releases New Novel BLANK PAIGE

Blank Paige, a new fantasy YA novel by Ashley Griffin (Bestselling author of The Spindle, WellLife Network Award winner for Trial) will be published by Inklings Literary. 
Dayton Performing Arts Alliance Names New Ballet Artistic Director

After an extensive international search guided by Arts Consulting Group, the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance (DPAA) introduced the next Ballet Artistic Director, Brandon Ragland, at a press conference held today from the lobby of the historic Victoria Theatre.
Season Three of PLAYDATE to Premiere in March

Season three or “Act III” of the podcast Playdate will premiere on March 6th, 2023. Playdate is a podcast in which hosts Julia Marie Black, a New York based playwright and actor, and Kait Fitzpatrick, a Massachusetts-based actor and educator, discuss plays and interview playwrights and other theater-makers. Black and Fitzpatrick will kick off season three of Playdate by discussing Lewis Black's One Slight Hitch with Actor, Director and Producer Ben Williamson.
Broadway Writer/Performer Ashley Griffin Releases Debut Novel

Broadway writer/performer Ashley Griffin to release debut novel The Spindle.     The Spindle, a new fiction novel by Ashley Griffin (WellLife Network Award winner for Trial) will be published by Oaklea Press and released later this month. The Spindle is the classic fairy tale “Sleeping Beauty” retold from the dark fairy's point of view…  
Writing Team Announced For New Musical WITCH HUNT

Zane Carney (“Spiderman: Turn Off The Dark,” John Daversa’s GRAMMY Nominated Album “Kaleidoscope Eyes”) and Ashley Griffin (“Trial,” “Forever Deadward,”) will collaborate on the upcoming musical WITCH HUNT – a reimagining of the Salem witch trials set against the backdrop of the American political system. Griffin will pen the book and lyrics with Carney writing the music.
THE OPPOSITE OF LOVE Will Have NYC Workshop and Private Reading

Neil Gooding Productions and New York Rep will be holding a workshop and closed reading of THE OPPOSITE OF LOVE by Ashley Griffin at Theatre Row on the 17th and 18th of March, prior to its planned premiere season in New York.
Sean Allan Krill, Samantha Massell & More Will Lead PORTRAIT OF A HEART Reading

On March 23, 2022, Keaka Productions, LLC will present, by invitation only, the first industry reading of “Portrait of a Heart”, a new play by Ashley Griffin (Trial). The reading will be directed by Mia Walker (Jagged Little Pill, Waitress). The play is based on a concept by Brian Spector (The Inheritance). 
Dancer and Choreographer Joan Bayley Dies at 102

Westside School of Ballet announces long time beloved teacher, Joan Bayley, passed away on January 5th 2022, just shy of her 102nd birthday. Often called “The Greatest Dance Teacher There Ever Was,” the dance world was forever changed for the better because of Joan Bayley. (“Joan.”)
SPECTACLE: THE MUSICAL Will Receive a Spin-Off Web Series

Struggling artists Ashley and Evan are thrilled to have finally landed their big break when they are hired to pen producing mogul Frank Ryger’s new 200 million-dollar Broadway mega musical “The Sound of Love.” But during the development of their spectacle driven blockbuster they are forced to question whether they’re willing to put survival above integrity and just how much they’re willing to sacrifice in order to achieve their dreams.
Sean Allan Krill, Nadia Bowers & More Take Part in PORTRAIT OF A HEART Reading

Portrait of a Heart received an informal reading through Artists in Residence of Toronto in January, and another virtual reading just last week. The latest reading featured Sean Allan Krill (Jagged Little Pill), Nadia Bowers, Taylor Rose Mickens, Danny Gardner, Jete Laurence, John Allyn. It featured stage direction by Nicholas Leung and organized by creative consultant Hannah Ryan (Hamilton, An American in Paris).
Mikhailovsky Ballet's Adrian Blake Mitchell Hosts 'Dance Talks' & Master Class For Westside Ballet

Adrian Blake Mitchell, professional male ballet dancer at the Mikhailovsky Ballet Company, will livestream both a Master Class and also will host Westside Ballet's 'Dance Talks' series - Zooming from St. Petersburg on President's Day, Monday February 15, in honor of Black History Month and to support Westside Ballet's ongoing Crisis Relief Fund.
Arts Podcast INDIE ART TODAY Returns For Season Two On January 25

Arts podcast Indie Art Today is returning for its 2nd Season of episodes on January 25th, with new episodes airing weekly each Monday. The podcast is available to listen to on Anchor, Spotify, Amazon Music, iTunes, and various other major streaming platforms.
Meredith Patterson and Jordan Lage Join Virtual UK Premiere Of SNOW

After hit off-Broadway productions in NYC and development at the famed Playwrights Horizons, Ashley Griffina??s NYIT Award nominated play SNOW will make its UK debut in the fall of 2020 in a virtual production produced by Laura Jury and the South Devon Players Theatre starring Broadway artists Meredith Patterson and Jordan Lage.
Ashley Griffin Virtual Master Class Announced at The Adderley Conservatory

ANNOUNCING our Platinum 8 WEEK Master Class with Actress, Writer, Director and Adderley Alum, Ashley Griffin! Ashley's jam packed resume includes on and off - Broadway material, as well as in T.V. and film in New York, L.A., London and Chicago.
BWW Spotlight Series: Meet Ashley Griffin, an L.A. Actor Who Moved to NYC to Follow Her Theatre Dreams

With the current theatre world on hiatus, I have created a Spotlight Series on Broadway World which features interviews with some of the many talented artists who make our Los Angeles theatre community so exciting and vibrant thanks to their ongoing contribution to keeping the Arts alive in the City of the Angels. And just like all of us, I wondered how they are dealing with the abrupt end of productions in which they were involved. This Spotlight focuses on Ashley Griffin, an actor in Los Angeles since the age of five who moved to New York City to follow her theatre dreams - and is now both writing and acting in shows.
Ashley Griffin Signs Three Play Publishing/Licensing Deal With By/For Publishing

Writer/performer Ashley Griffin (Trial, Twilight: The Musical!) signs three play publishing deal with By/For Publishing for representation of her shows: The Snow Queen (adapted from the Hans Christian Andersen story,) A Little Princess (adapted from the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett,) and The Jungle Book (adapted from the novel by Rudyard Kipling.)   

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