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Christopher Ashley

 
Bio:
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 ... (read complete bio)
 

Bio:
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 ... (read complete bio)

Stage Credits

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]
Director
 
[Broadway, 2018]
Producer
 
[Broadway, 2018]
Director
Producer
 
[Toronto, 2018]
Director
 
[US Tour, 2017]
Director
 
[Regional (US), 2017]
Director
 
[Broadway, 2017]
Director
 
[West End, 2016] [Replacement]
Director[Replacement]
 
[Washington, DC (Regional), 2016]
Director
 
[Washington, DC (Regional), 2016]
Director
 
[Regional (US), 2016]
Director
 
[Broadway, 2014]
Producer
 
[West End, 2014]
Director
 
[Broadway, 2012]
Director
 
[US Tour, 2011]
Director
 
[Broadway, 2009]
Director
 
[Broadway, 2007]
Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 2006]
Director
 
[US Tour, 2006]
Director
 
[New York, 2006]
Director
Director
 
[New York, 2006]
Director
 
[Broadway, 2005]
Director
 
[Broadway, 2005]
Director
 
[Regional (US), 2004]
Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 2004]
Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 2004]
Director
 
[New York, 2003]
Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 2003]
Director
Director
 
[US Tour, 2002]
Director
 
[Regional (US), 2002]
Director
 
[Regional (US), 2002]
Director
 
[Broadway, 2002]
Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 2001]
Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 2001]
Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 2001]
Director
 
[Broadway, 2000]
Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 2000]
Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 1999]
Director
 
[Broadway, 1999]
Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 1998]
Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 1998]
Director
 
[Off-Off-Broadway, 1998]
Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 1998]
Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 1998]
Director
 
[Broadway, 1997]
Production Consultant
 
[Regional (US), 1997]
Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 1997]
Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 1995]
Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 1994]
Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 1994]
Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 1994]
Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 1993]
Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 1993]
Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 1992]
Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 1992]
Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 1991]
Director
 
[Off-Broadway, 1989]
Director

Writing

Conceiver

Photos

Jeanna de Waal and Christopher Ashley Photo

Jeanna de Waal and Christopher Ashley

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11/18/2021
Christopher Ashley Photo

Christopher Ashley

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11/18/2021
Jeanna de Waal, Christopher Ashley, company and creative Photo

Jeanna de Waal, Christopher Ashley, company and creative

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Date:
11/18/2021
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JANUARY 30: Christopher Ashley and Kelly Devine pose at a Meet & Photo

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JANUARY 30: Christopher Ashley and Kelly Devine pose at a Meet & Greet for the new cast and creative team of the new musical "Diana" on Broadway at The Lotte New York Palace on January 30, 2020 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas)

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Date:
01/31/2020
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JANUARY 30: Christopher Ashley poses at a Meet & Greet for the n Photo

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JANUARY 30: Christopher Ashley poses at a Meet & Greet for the new cast and creative team of the new musical "Diana" on Broadway at The Lotte New York Palace on January 30, 2020 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas)

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Date:
01/31/2020

 

Stage

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]
Director

[Broadway, 2018]
Producer

[Broadway, 2018]
Director

Producer

[Toronto, 2018]
Director

[US Tour, 2017]
Director

[Regional (US), 2017]
Director

[Broadway, 2017]
Director

[West End, 2016] [Replacement]
Director[Replacement]

[Washington, DC (Regional), 2016]
Director

[Washington, DC (Regional), 2016]
Director

[Regional (US), 2016]
Director

[Broadway, 2014]
Producer

[West End, 2014]
Director

[Broadway, 2012]
Director

[US Tour, 2011]
Director

[Broadway, 2009]
Director

[Broadway, 2007]
Director

[Off-Broadway, 2006]
Director

[US Tour, 2006]
Director

[New York, 2006]
Director

Director

[New York, 2006]
Director

[Broadway, 2005]
Director

[Broadway, 2005]
Director

[Regional (US), 2004]
Director

[Off-Broadway, 2004]
Director

[Off-Broadway, 2004]
Director

[New York, 2003]
Director

[Off-Broadway, 2003]
Director

Director

[US Tour, 2002]
Director

[Regional (US), 2002]
Director

[Regional (US), 2002]
Director

[Broadway, 2002]
Director

[Off-Broadway, 2001]
Director

[Off-Broadway, 2001]
Director

[Off-Broadway, 2001]
Director

[Broadway, 2000]
Director

[Off-Broadway, 2000]
Director

[Off-Broadway, 1999]
Director

[Broadway, 1999]
Director

[Off-Broadway, 1998]
Director

[Off-Broadway, 1998]
Director

[Off-Off-Broadway, 1998]
Director

[Off-Broadway, 1998]
Director

[Off-Broadway, 1998]
Director

[Broadway, 1997]
Production Consultant

[Regional (US), 1997]
Director

[Off-Broadway, 1997]
Director

[Off-Broadway, 1995]
Director

[Off-Broadway, 1994]
Director

[Off-Broadway, 1994]
Director

[Off-Broadway, 1994]
Director

[Off-Broadway, 1993]
Director

[Off-Broadway, 1993]
Director

[Off-Broadway, 1992]
Director

[Off-Broadway, 1992]
Director

[Off-Broadway, 1991]
Director

[Off-Broadway, 1989]
Director

Writing
Conceiver

Christopher Ashley Biography

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‚Äôs 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 ‚Äď 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.


Christopher Ashley Awards and Nominations

 
Drama Desk Awards - 2017 - Outstanding Director of a Musical
Christopher Ashley, Come From Away
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2017 - Outstanding Director of a Musical Gold Star
Christopher Ashley, Come From Away
 
Tony Awards - 2017 - Best Direction of a Musical Gold Star
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
 
Helen Hayes Awards - 2003 - Outstanding Director, Resident Musical Gold Star
Christopher AshleySweeney Todd
 
Outer Critics Circle Awards - 2001 - Outstanding Director of a Musical
Christopher Ashley, The Rocky Horror Show
 
Tony Awards - 2001 - Best Direction of a Musical
Christopher Ashley, The Rocky Horror Show
 
Drama Desk Awards - 2000 - Outstanding Director - Musical Gold Star
Christopher Ashley, The Rocky Horror Show
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1996 - Outstanding Director - Musical
Christopher Ashley , Das Barbecu
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1994 - Outstanding Director - Musical
Christopher Ashley, Das Barbecii
 
Drama Desk Awards - 1993 - Outstanding Director - Play
Christopher Ashley, Jeffrey
 
Obie Awards - 1993 - Direction Gold Star
Christopher Ashley, Jeffrey
 
The Lortels - 1993 - Outstanding Director Gold Star
Christopher AshleyFires in the Mirror and Jeffrey

Christopher Ashley News

La Jolla Playhouse Announces Common Ground Theatre as 2022/23 Theatre-in-Residence Photo La Jolla Playhouse Announces Common Ground Theatre as 2022/23 Theatre-in-Residence
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 22, 2022

La Jolla Playhouse has announced Common Ground Theatre as its 2022/2023 Theatre-in-Residence. Spearheaded by Christopher Ashley, the Rich Family Artistic Director of La Jolla Playhouse, the Theatre-in-Residence program aims to encourage the artistic development of local performing arts organizations, while contributing to the San Diego theatre scene as a whole.

COME FROM AWAY Canceled Tonight Due to Covid-19 Photo COME FROM AWAY Canceled Tonight Due to Covid-19
by A.A. Cristi - Jun 21, 2022

Come From Away on Broadway has been canceled tonight due to the detection of Covid-19 cases within the company.

Listen: George Abud Sings 'Perfection' From New Musical LEMPICKA Photo Listen: George Abud Sings 'Perfection' From New Musical LEMPICKA
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 17, 2022

Lempicka, the sweeping new musical celebrating the gripping true story of renowned artist Tamara de Lempicka, has just released its second single, ‚ÄúPerfection‚ÄĚ performed by George Abud with lyrics by Carson Kreitzer, music by Matt Gould, and orchestrations by Cian McCarthy. Listen here!

Review: COME FROM AWAY at ASU Gammage Photo Review: COME FROM AWAY at ASU Gammage
by Emily Noxon - Jun 16, 2022

This amazing show is not to be missed.

COME FROM AWAY Becomes Longest Running Show in Schoenfeld Theatre History Tonight Photo COME FROM AWAY Becomes Longest Running Show in Schoenfeld Theatre History Tonight
by Stephi Wild - Jun 15, 2022

Come From Away officially becomes the longest running show in the 105-year history of the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre today with its 1,544th Broadway performance, surpassing the original production of JEKYLL & HYDE.

COME FROM AWAY Tickets On Sale at the Centennial Concert Hall, June 20!  Photo COME FROM AWAY Tickets On Sale at the Centennial Concert Hall, June 20! 
by A.A. Cristi - Jun 14, 2022

Winnipeg has announced that the national tour of COME FROM AWAY, a Broadway musical¬† about the true story of the small town that welcomed the world, will make its Winnipeg return at the Centennial Concert Hall for a limited engagement October 25 ‚Äď 30, 2022.

Student Blog: Was There Ever A Greater Tabloid Tale? Photo Student Blog: Was There Ever A Greater Tabloid Tale?
by Student Blogger: Kat Mokrynski - Jun 13, 2022

Diana has been on my mind for many years. In fact, I actually wrote about it in quite a few of my earlier articles, constantly stating that it would be the first show that I wanted to see once Broadway reopened. If only I knew just how much of an impact this show would have on my life.

COME FROM AWAY in Concert Featuring Toronto Cast to be Presented as Part of COME HOME Photo COME FROM AWAY in Concert Featuring Toronto Cast to be Presented as Part of COME HOME 2022
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 10, 2022

Come From Away will return home in a concert version that takes you into the heart of the true story of 7000 stranded passengers and how the people of Gander, Appleton, Gambo, Glenwood, Norris Arm and Lewisporte welcomed them. The 100-minute concert production will reunite the Toronto cast and band with Petrina Bromley.

BWW Review: COME FROM AWAY dazzles with sheer exuberance, leading to a surprisingly m Photo BWW Review: COME FROM AWAY dazzles with sheer exuberance, leading to a surprisingly moving conclusion.
by Harker Jones - Jun 9, 2022

The show couldn’t be more relevant today. The world feels like a hopeless place so much of the time that it’s difficult to remember that in the end, we’re all connected and need each other to get by. Perhaps that’s why COME FROM AWAY is so poignant. It reminds of us our own humanity and the need for that in others.

COME FROM AWAY Will Play Final Broadway Performance This Fall Photo COME FROM AWAY Will Play Final Broadway Performance This Fall
by Alan Henry - Jun 8, 2022

After 1,670 performances and 25 previews on Broadway, the Tony & Olivier Award-winning smash hit musical COME FROM AWAY will play its final Broadway performance this fall. Find out when the show is closing, how to get tickets & more.

Christopher Ashley Videos

WATCH: La Jolla Playhouse Presents The Bengsons' SOVEREIGNTY HYMNS VideoWATCH: La Jolla Playhouse Presents The Bengsons' SOVEREIGNTY HYMNS
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 3, 2022

La Jolla Playhouse has announced the presentation of Sovereignty Hymns, a commissioned work that features a video series of original songs exploring questions about reproductive liberty.

LISTEN: Eden Espinosa Sings 'Woman Is' From the Original Cast Recording of LEMPICKA VideoLISTEN: Eden Espinosa Sings 'Woman Is' From the Original Cast Recording of LEMPICKA
by Stephi Wild - May 24, 2022

The first song from the upcoming Original Cast Recording of the musical Lempicka has been released. Listen as Eden Espinosa sings 'Woman Is'!

VIDEO: First Look at the World Premiere of BHANGIN' IT at La Jolla Playhouse VideoVIDEO: First Look at the World Premiere of BHANGIN' IT at La Jolla Playhouse
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 6, 2022

La Jolla Playhouse is presenting its world-premiere production of Bhangin' It: A Bangin' New Musical, featuring book by Mike Lew and Rehana Lew Mirza, music and lyrics by Sam Willmott, with additional music by Grammy Award nominee Deep Singh, running in the Mandell Weiss Theatre through April 17, 2022.

VIDEO: TUTS Presents Talkback With COME FROM AWAY Cast, Diane and Nick Marson & Capta VideoVIDEO: TUTS Presents Talkback With COME FROM AWAY Cast, Diane and Nick Marson & Captain Beverley Bass
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Mar 29, 2022

The National Tour of Come From Away is playing MARCH 22 ‚Äď APRIL 3 at the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts. TUTS presents a¬†virtual talk back with cast members of Come From Away and true to life counterparts, Diane and Nick Marson and Captain Beverley Bass.

VIDEO: COME FROM AWAY Says Farewell to Joel Hatch VideoVIDEO: COME FROM AWAY Says Farewell to Joel Hatch
by Marissa Tomeo - Mar 20, 2022

This afternoon, Broadway veteran Joel Hatch has played his final show with the company of the hit musical, Come From Away. A member of the original cast, Joel Hatch has been with the show since it opened on Broadway just over five years ago on March 12th, 2017. He portrayed 'Claude & others' other characters throughout the production. Gene Weygandt will begin performances in the roles on Tuesday, March 22. Gene joins the company directly from the Australia cast of Come From Away.

VIDEO: Nick Duckart Talks Bringing COME FROM AWAY To Chicago VideoVIDEO: Nick Duckart Talks Bringing COME FROM AWAY To Chicago
by Stage Tube - Feb 25, 2022

Come From Away is now in Chicago through March 6th, 2022. Watch as Nick Duckart who plays Kevin J and others talks about bringing a bit of Gander to the Windy City.

VIDEO: Jeanna de Waal & Judy Kaye Talk DIANA on NBC NIGHTLY NEWS VideoVIDEO: Jeanna de Waal & Judy Kaye Talk DIANA on NBC NIGHTLY NEWS
by Michael Major - Nov 19, 2021

Jeanna de Waal and Judy Kaye appeared on NBC Nightly News to discuss Diana: The Musical with Joe Fryer. The two stars opened up about Diana's impact and what sets the musical apart from other adaptions of the beloved Princess' life.

VIDEO: Watch the Cast of DIANA Perform 'If' on GOOD MORNING AMERICA VideoVIDEO: Watch the Cast of DIANA Perform 'If' on GOOD MORNING AMERICA
by Michael Major - Nov 4, 2021

Jeanna de Waal, Erin Davie, Judy Kaye, and Roe Hartrampf and the cast of Diana, The Musical appeared on Good Morning America this morning to perform the musical's closing number, 'If'. The production resumed previews on Broadway Tuesday night.

VIDEO: Go Inside DIANA, THE MUSICAL's First Curtain Call! VideoVIDEO: Go Inside DIANA, THE MUSICAL's First Curtain Call!
by Team BWW - Nov 3, 2021

DIANA, THE MUSICAL has officially begun previews at the Longacre Theatre (220 West 48th Street), where it will officially open on Wednesday, November 17th. Check out footage from the first curtain call.

VIDEO: Watch Willemijn Verkaik & More in Rehearsals for Dutch COME FROM AWAY VideoVIDEO: Watch Willemijn Verkaik & More in Rehearsals for Dutch COME FROM AWAY
by Nicole Rosky - Oct 30, 2021

In just days, Come from Away continues to share its message across the world as it begins performances in the Netherlands. Below, watch as the company, led by Willemijn Verkaik as Beverly Bass, comes together to rehearse!


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?
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 .

What awards has Christopher Ashley won?
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.