ashley hollingshead is a director, performer, and collaborator currently living on the unceded lands of the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde/Portland, Or. They hold a MFA in European Devised Performance Practice from Columbia College Chicago. Their practice mashes up personal narrative, pop culture, and sweet dance moves (made by a non-dancer body).
ashley hollingshead (they/them) is a director and creator currently living on the unceded lands of the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde/Portland, Or.
Their work mashes-up pop-culture, personal stories, found text, movement, repurposed songs, and every day events into something that is simultaneously larger than life and close to home. They are most interested in making and creating theatre that explores what it means to be alive RIGHT NOW. ashley is intrigued by the tiny stories of the everyday, as well as the milestones that mark our lives. ashley makes theatre to remind one of what is good in the world and that there is still room for hope. And dancing. There’s always room for dancing.
ashley is currently directing under the production title social sciences. Recent projects include DANCE DANCE REVOLUTION: Emma Goldman’s American Years, Drought/Flood, devised with the undergraduates of Columbia College and Pestilence WOW! written by Savannah Reich and performed as part of Rhino Festival in Chicago. Other work includes INDEPENDENT WOMEN, a devised theatrical performance exploring the mash up of women entering the workforce in WWII and Destiny’s Child’s Independent Women pt. 1.
Additionally, ashley has worked with DFBRL8R Gallery (Chicago), Corey Smith (Chicago), Lucky Pierre (Chicago), The Working Theatre Collective (Portland), Action/Adventure Theatre (Portland), Hand2Mouth (Portland), foolsFURY (San Francisco),and Rorschach Theatre (Washington DC).
ashley recently received their MFA in European Devised Performance Practice at Columbia College Chicago