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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 Productions

 
[Broadway, 2021]
Director
 
[US Tour, 2021] [Replacement]
Original Broadway Director[Replacement]
 
[West End, 2021] [Replacement]
Director[Replacement]
 
[San Diego, CA (Regional), 2019]
Director
 
[US Tour, 2018] [Replacement]
Director[Replacement]
 
[San Diego, CA (Regional), 2018]
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[Broadway, 2018]
Producer
 
[Broadway, 2018]
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Producer
 
[Toronto, 2018]
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[US Tour, 2017]
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[Regional (US), 2017]
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[Broadway, 2017]
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[West End, 2016] [Replacement]
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[Washington, DC (Regional), 2016]
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[Washington, DC (Regional), 2016]
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[Regional (US), 2016]
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[Broadway, 2014]
Producer
 
[West End, 2014]
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[Broadway, 2012]
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[US Tour, 2011]
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[Broadway, 2009]
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[Broadway, 2007]
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[Off-Broadway, 2006]
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[US Tour, 2006]
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[New York, 2006]
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[Broadway, 2005]
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[Broadway, 2005]
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[Regional (US), 2004]
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[Off-Broadway, 2004]
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[New York, 2003]
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[Off-Broadway, 2003]
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[Broadway, 2002]
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[Broadway, 1999]
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[Off-Broadway, 1998]
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[Off-Broadway, 1998]
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[Off-Off-Broadway, 1998]
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[Off-Broadway, 1998]
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[Broadway, 1997]
Production Consultant
 
[Regional (US), 1997]
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[Off-Broadway, 1997]
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[Off-Broadway, 1995]
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[Off-Broadway, 1994]
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[Off-Broadway, 1992]
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[Off-Broadway, 1991]
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[Off-Broadway, 1989]
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Christopher Ashley Awards and Nominations

Tony Awards - 2017 - Best Direction of a Musical

Christopher Ashley, Come From Away

The Lortels - 2004 - Outstanding Director

Christopher Ashley, Valhalla

Tony Awards - 2001 - Best Direction of a Musical

Christopher Ashley, The Rocky Horror Show

Drama Desk Awards - 2000 - Outstanding Director - Musical

Christopher Ashley, The Rocky Horror Show

Obie Awards - 1993 - Direction

Christopher Ashley, Jeffrey

The Lortels - 1993 - Outstanding Director

Christopher AshleyFires in the Mirror and Jeffrey

Christopher Ashley Videos

Christopher Ashley News

The Ordway Announces a Spectacular Broadway Lineup for 2023-2024

The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts today announced its 2023-2024 season lineup, which includes five spectacular musicals. The Broadway @ the Ordway shows will include Come From Away, Peter Pan, Hairspray, ON YOUR FEET!, and SIX.

SIX, MEAN GIRLS, COME FROM AWAY And More Announced for Celebrity Attractions 2023/2024 Season

Celebrity Attractions has announced its 2023-2024 Broadway Season and it is one that is fit for a Queen!  We open in August with COME FROM AWAY, a Broadway musical about the true story of the small town that welcomed the world in a time of tragedy.  The smash Broadway hit, SIX, commands the stage in October with Henry VIII's wives remixing the history into a pop concert that will make you lose your head!  

HADESTOWN, SIX And More Announced For 2023 " 24 'Best Of Broadway' Season At The North Charleston PAC

The national tours of HADESTOWN and SIX will make their Lowcountry premieres part of the 2023-2024 Best of Broadway season at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center. HADESTOWN performances are January 2 – 7, 2024 and SIX performances are March 12 – 17, 2024. Each show will offer eight performances.

MEAN GIRLS, THE CHER SHOW, And More Announced For State Theatre New Jersey 2023-24 Broadway Season

State Theatre New Jersey announces its 2023-24 Broadway Season, featuring eight fantastic shows. The 2023-24 Season will feature Tony Award-winning hits, Broadway fan favorites, and multiple State Theatre debuts. Season tickets for the 2023-24 Broadway Series are now on sale.

Chilina Kennedy, Kate Rockwell & More to Star in LOVE ALL World Premiere at La Jolla Playhouse

La Jolla Playhouse has announced the cast and creative team for its world-premiere production of Love All, by Anna Deavere Smith. See who is starring, and learn how to purchase tickets!

Tony Winning-Musical COME FROM AWAY Returns To Portland, May 2-7

Broadway in Portland has announced the return of the national tour of COME FROM AWAY, a Broadway musical about the true story of the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed the world on September 11, 2001.

The Drama League Names 2023 Directors Project Recipients

The Drama League has announced the fourteen exceptional stage directors receiving the fellowships, assistantships, and residencies of the 2023 Drama League Directors Project.

Review: COME FROM AWAY at Golden Gate Theatre

What did our critic think of COME FROM AWAY at Golden Gate Theatre?

Review: COME FROM AWAY at Golden Gate Theatre

What did our critic think of COME FROM AWAY at Golden Gate Theatre? War, mass shootings, transphobia, book banning, persistent antisemitism. We're bombarded by daily horrors, desensitizing us to brutality and injustices. Thankfully, we have a brief but joyous respite in the touring production of Irene Sankoff and David Hein's Come From Away, a bright shining declaration of generosity, compassion, self-sacrifice, and hope. Born from the tragedy of 9/11, the story of the town of Gandar Newfoundland and how it treated 7,000 stranded world travelers is nothing short of inspiring, reigniting out faith in humanity.

Tickets On Sale Now To All Shows In The 2023 AdventHealth Broadway Series

Starlight Theatre has announced that tickets to all shows in the 2023 AdventHealth Broadway Series are now on sale. Season tickets are still available.

MOULIN ROUGE!, COMPANY And More Announced For PNC Broadway In Columbus 2023/2024 Season

PNC Broadway in Columbus and CAPA have announced the 2023-2024 Season headlined by the spectacular 10-time Tony Award-winning Moulin Rouge! The Musical.

Tickets On Sale Now to Starlight's 2023 AdventHealth Broadway Series Featuring TOOTSIE, 1776 & More

Starlight Theatre has announced that tickets to all shows in the 2023 AdventHealth Broadway Series are now on sale.

Review: COME FROM AWAY at Her Majesty's Theatre, Adelaide Festival Centre

At the end of the evening, the applause was deafening.

These Iconic Performers Have Taken on the Lead Roles in SWEENEY TODD

Sweeney Todd is back on Broadway! Josh Groban and Annaleigh Ashford are the latest stars to portray these coveted roles, but did you know about all of these others? Check out our list of just a few of the iconic actors to star in Sweeney Todd over the years!

COME FROM AWAY and ANNIE Added to Broadway at the Eccles Season

Two season Add-Ons have been announced for the 2023/2024 Broadway at the Eccles season. COME FROM AWAY, the true story of the small town that welcomed the world on 9/11 and ANNIE, the little Orphan that reminds generations of theater goers that sunshine is always right around the corner.

La Jolla Playhouse Reveals Complete Programming for 2023 Without Walls (WOW) Festival

La Jolla Playhouse has announced complete programming for its 2023 Without Walls (WOW) Festival of immersive and site-inspired work.

La Jolla Playhouse Announces World-Premiere Without Walls (WOW) Production: LA LUCHA

La Jolla Playhouse has announced a brand new project as part of its acclaimed Without Walls (WOW) series: La Lucha, a world-premiere immersive experience created by award-winning artist David Israel Reynoso and his company Optika Moderna (WOW Festival productions of Las Quinceañeras, Waking La Llorona).

COME FROM AWAY Plays the Hult Center in April

The American Theatre Guild will present the must-see engagement of COME FROM AWAY, a Broadway musical about the true story of the small town that welcomed the world. This production is part of the BROADWAY IN EUGENE SERIES and will take the Hult Center stage for eight performances April 25–30, 2023.

Photos: Go Inside Opening Night of THE COAST STARLIGHT at Lincoln Center Theater

See photos from opening night of Lincoln Center Theater's The Coast Starlight!

THE OUTSIDERS World Premiere Extended at La Jolla Playhouse

La Jolla Playhouse has announced a week-long extension for its world-premiere production of The Outsiders, the new musical adapted from S.E. Hinton’s seminal novel and Francis Ford Coppola’s groundbreaking film.

Christopher Ashley FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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

Outstanding Director of a Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Come From Away , Outstanding Director of a Musical (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Come From Away , Best Direction of a Musical (Tony Awards) for Come From Away , Outstanding Director of a Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Leap of Faith , Outstanding Director of a Musical (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Memphis , Best Direction of a Musical (Tony Awards) for Memphis , Outstanding Director of a Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Xanadu , Outstanding Director (The Lortels) for Valhalla , Outstanding Director, Resident Musical (Helen Hayes Awards) for Sweeney Todd , Outstanding Director of a Musical (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for The Rocky Horror Show , Best Direction of a Musical (Tony Awards) for The Rocky Horror Show , Outstanding Director - Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for The Rocky Horror Show , Outstanding Director - Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Das Barbecu , Outstanding Director - Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for Das Barbecii , Outstanding Director - Play (Drama Desk Awards) for Jeffrey Direction (Obie Awards) for Jeffrey and Outstanding Director (The Lortels) for Fires in the Mirror and Jeffrey .

Outstanding Director of a Musical (Outer Critics Circle Awards) for Come From Away, Best Direction of a Musical (Tony Awards) for Come From Away, Outstanding Director, Resident Musical (Helen Hayes Awards) for Sweeney Todd, Outstanding Director - Musical (Drama Desk Awards) for The Rocky Horror Show Direction (Obie Awards) for Jeffreyand Outstanding Director (The Lortels) for Fires in the Mirror and Jeffrey.

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