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Christopher Ashley won the Tony Award for his direction of the stage production of Come From Away on Broadway, and serves as the Artistic Director of the Tony Award-winning La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego, CA. Other film credits include Diana: The Musical on Netflix, the feature films Jeffrey and Lucky Stiff, and the American Playhouse production of Blown Sideways Through Life for PBS. At La Jolla Playhouse, Mr. Ashley directed the world-premiere productions of Come From Away, Diana: The Musical, Escape to Margaritaville, Memphis, The Darrell Hammond Project, Hollywood and Chasing the Song. Other select Playhouse credits include Freaky Friday, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Glengarry Glen Ross. In addition to Come From Away, other Broadway credits include; Diana: The Musical; Escape to Margaritaville, Xanadu, Leap of Faith (Drama Desk Award nomination); Memphis (Tony, Outer Critics Circle nominations); All Shook Up, The Rocky Horror Show(Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle Award nominations). Mr. Ashley directed productions of Come From Away in London, Toronto, Australia and on national tour. Other tours include Escape to Margaritaville, Memphis, Xanadu, All Shook Up and Seussical: The Musical. Additional New York stage credits: Blown Sideways Through Life, Jeffrey (Lucille Lortel and Obie Awards), The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told, Valhalla (Lucille Lortel nomination – Outstanding Direction), Regrets Only, Wonder of the World, Communicating Doors, Bunny Bunny, The Night Hank Williams Died, and Fires in the Mirror (Lucille Lortel Award), among others. Mr. Ashley is the recipient of the Princess Grace Award, the Drama League Director Fellowship and an NEA/TCG Director Fellowship.



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Christopher Ashley Awards and Nominations

Drama Desk Awards - 2017 - Outstanding Director of a Musical

Christopher Ashley, Come From Away


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Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2017 - Outstanding Director of a Musical

Christopher Ashley, Come From Away


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Tony Awards - 2017 - Best Direction of a Musical

Christopher Ashley, Come From Away

Drama Desk Awards - 2012 - Outstanding Director of a Musical

Christopher Ashley, Leap of Faith

Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2010 - Outstanding Director of a Musical

Christopher Ashley, Memphis

Tony Awards - 2010 - Best Direction of a Musical

Christopher Ashley, Memphis

Drama Desk Awards - 2007 - Outstanding Director of a Musical

Christopher Ashley, Xanadu

The Lortels - 2004 - Outstanding Director

Christopher Ashley, Valhalla


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Helen Hayes Awards - 2003 - Outstanding Director, Resident Musical

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Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2001 - Outstanding Director of a Musical

Christopher Ashley, The Rocky Horror Show

Tony Awards - 2001 - Best Direction of a Musical

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Drama Desk Awards - 2000 - Outstanding Director - Musical

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Drama Desk Awards - 1996 - Outstanding Director - Musical

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Drama Desk Awards - 1994 - Outstanding Director - Musical

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Drama Desk Awards - 1993 - Outstanding Director - Play

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Obie Awards - 1993 - Direction

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The Lortels - 1993 - Outstanding Director

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Christopher Ashley News


Jeanna de Waal, Jay Armstrong Johnson, and More Will Lead ANYTHING GOES at the Muny

Jeanna de Waal, Jay Armstrong Johnson, Kevin Chamberlin, George Abud, Kimberly Immanuel, Adrianna Hicks, Ann Harada, Lara Teeter, Eric Jordan Young, Danny Gardner, Spencer Jones and Joe Capstick will star in the Muny production of Anything Goes.
Photos/Video: Go Inside the Recording Studio with Schmidt, Comer, & Grant Singing 'Throwing in the Towel' from THE OUTSIDERS

Go inside the studio with the cast of The Outsiders as Jason Schmidt, Brent Comer, and Brody Grant record 'Throwing in the Towel.'
THE OUTSIDERS Releases New Block of Tickets Through January 5, 2025

A new block of tickets has been released for the Tony Award-nominated Best Musical The Outsiders for performances through January 5, 2025. Find out how to get tickets to the new dates here!
HERE THERE ARE BLUEBERRIES Off-Broadway to Present Second & Final Extension

A second and final two-week extension for Here There Are Blueberries will be presented Off-Broadway. Learn how to purchase tickets.
COME FROM AWAY to Return to Edmonton in September

The national tour of Come From Away will return to Edmonton in September. Learn more about the show and see how to purchase tickets.
Amber Ruffin & Kevin Sciretta's BIGFOOT & More Set for New York Stage And Film 2024 Summer Season

New York Stage and Film has revealed the 2024 summer season at Marist College. See the full lineup and learn how to purchase tickets!
The Drama League Reveals Recipients of 2024 Directors Project

The Drama League has announced the nineteen stage directors receiving the 2024 fellowships, assistantships, residencies, and fund programs collectively known as The Directors Project.
BWW Review: COME FROM AWAY at the Eccles Theater is Constantly, Profoundly Moving

The national tour of COME FROM AWAY at the Eccles Theater is profoundly moving while constantly moving forward at a brisk pace that keeps you hanging on the edge of your seat to see what next theatrical wonder is in store, even while allowing all the feels to wash over you.
HADESTOWN, DEAR EVAN HANSEN And More Announced for Palace Theater Waterbury 2024-2025 Broadway Series

The Palace Theater will present its 20th Anniversary 2024-2025 Webster Bank Broadway Series, with six exciting titles.
Christopher Ryan Grant, Patti Murin & More to Lead THE BALLAD OF JOHNNY AND JUNE Premiere

La Jolla Playhouse has revealed the cast and creative team for its world-premiere musical, The Ballad of Johnny and June. See who is starring and learn how to purchase tickets.
HADESTOWN, COME FROM AWAY & More Set for 2024-2025 Broadway in Akron Series

Playhouse Square has unveiled the 2024-2025 Broadway in Akron Series. See full programming and learn how to purchase tickets.
MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG, CABARET & More Lead in Nominations for 2024 Drama League Awards

Read the full list of 2024 Drama League Nominations! Nominations include Cabaret, Merrily We Roll Along and more.
HERE THERE ARE BLUEBERRIES Extended for Two Weeks at NYTW

New York Theatre Workshop and Tectonic Theater Project will present a two-week extension for Here There Are Blueberries. Learn how to purchase tickets.
FUNNY GIRL, LIFE OF PI & More Set for 24-25 Broadway In Pittsburgh Season

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has unveiled the 2024-2025 PNC Broadway in Pittsburgh season. Learn about the shows and see how to purchase tickets.
COME FROM AWAY Returns To Los Angeles To Make Its Hollywood Pantages Theatre Premiere

Experience the heartwarming musical COME FROM AWAY as it makes its premiere at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles. Don't miss this Broadway sensation's return to LA.
Heartwarming Tale COME FROM AWAY Lands at The Smith Center in Las Vegas

The remarkable true story of 7,000 stranded passengers and the small Newfoundland town that welcomed them is set to land in Las Vegas.
THE OUTSIDERS Will Release Cast Recording Next Month; Listen to New Track 'Soda's Letter'

The Original Broadway Cast Recording of The Outsiders - A New Musical will be released next month!  Learn how to preorder the album here!
COME FROM AWAY To Make Wilmington Debut At The Playhouse On Rodney Square

The heartwarming Broadway musical, COME FROM AWAY will make its Wilmington, DE debut at The Playhouse on Rodney Square this month. Learn how to purchase tickets.
Matthew Broderick & More to be Featured in Shakespeare Theatre Company 24/25 Season

Shakespeare Theatre Company has revealed the lineup of its upcoming 24/25 Season. See full programming and learn how to purchase tickets.
COME FROM AWAY To Return to Toronto's Royal Alexandra Theatre

Come From Away will return home to the historic Royal Alexandra Theatre in Toronto. See performance dates and learn how to purchase tickets.

Christopher Ashley FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How many shows has Christopher Ashley written?

Christopher Ashley has written 1 shows including Buzzsaw Berkeley (Conceiver).

What awards has Christopher Ashley been nominated for?

Christopher Ashley has been nominated for several awards throughout his career, including Outstanding Director of a Musical at the Drama Desk Awards for "Come From Away," "Leap of Faith," and "Xanadu." He was also nominated for Best Direction of a Musical at the Tony Awards for "Come From Away," "Memphis," and "The Rocky Horror Show." Additionally, he received nominations for Outstanding Director of a Musical at the Outer Critics Circle Awards for "Come From Away," "Memphis," and "The Rocky Horror Show." Other nominations include Outstanding Director at The Lortels for "Valhalla" and "Fires in the Mirror," Direction at the Obie Awards for "Jeffrey," and Outstanding Director of a Musical at the Helen Hayes Awards for "Sweeney Todd."

What awards has Christopher Ashley won?

Christopher Ashley has won several awards for his work in the theater industry. Some of his notable wins include Outstanding Director of a Musical at the Outer Critics Circle Awards for "Come From Away," Best Direction of a Musical at the Tony Awards for the same show, Outstanding Director, Resident Musical at the Helen Hayes Awards for "Sweeney Todd," Outstanding Director - Musical at the Drama Desk Awards for "The Rocky Horror Show," Direction at the Obie Awards for "Jeffrey," and Outstanding Director at The Lortels for both "Fires in the Mirror" and "Jeffrey."

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