Ashley Marinaccio is a director, writer, performer and photographer 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 been a featured TED speaker. Her theatrical work has been seen off-Broadway, at TED conferences, The White House, The Apollo, United Nations and on tour throughout the United States and Europe. Her work has received critical acclaim from The NY Times, New Yorker, Huffington Post, Ms. Magazine, Ebony, NY Press, Time Out NY, Backstage, Show Business and has been featured in segments on Buzzfeed, NBC, BBC, Al Jazeera, MTV, VH1 and NY1.
Ashley has traveled extensively throughout the world as an artist, researcher and teacher. Her interests include utilizing theatre for peace building, healing and empowerment in conflict zones and in marginalized communities both home and abroad.
Ashley is co-founder/Artistic Director of Girl Be Heard and co-founder/director of Co-Op Theatre East. She is an alumna of 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 Rebel Theater Company.
Ashley 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 from Pace University. She is a member of SAG/AFTRA, League of Professional Theatre Women and American Anthropological Association. Ashley is a faculty member at Pace University's School of Performing Arts.