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Artistic Ethos


Ashley Renee Thaxton-Stevenson

(she/her) is a theatre maker and educator, raised in the foothills of Southern California, with British, Black and Korean ancestors. 


As a director/dramaturg and performer, Ashley specializes in new play development, theater for young audiences, and contemporary applications of Shakespeare. She holds an BA from NYU Gallatin's School of Individualized Study and an MFA in Acting from Brooklyn College.

As an educator, Ashley supports youth, emerging artists, and arts organizations to deepen their creative practices through student-centered training, collaboration, and a spirit of generosity.


Ashley is the co-director of YouthWorks at BAX/Brooklyn Arts Exchange, an Adjunct Faculty Member with NYU’s Program in Educational Theatre (recipient of a Spring 2021 USG Departmental Award), Faculty Member and Community Engagement Coordinator with Fiasco Theater, and a Core Ensemble Member of the Verbatim Performance Lab

When she’s not making theatre, she is reading novels, building spreadsheets, and having disco dance parties with her toddler and spouse.


Photo by Alex Leyva

Artistic ETHOS: ​

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So what does that mean?


We commit to remove barriers so that members of our community are allowed to show up as their full selves. We commit to making sure that the physical, emotional, spiritual, and material needs of our community are being met.  We commit to actively antiracist and anti-oppressive practices. 


We commit to always being in service of a greater purpose by staying connected to our ancestors and our history, being inspired by the diversity, beauty, and complexity of all creation, and growing excited by that which mystifies us. 


We commit to creating conditions where generations can be together, learn from one another, and help carry each others' burdens. 


We gather in purposefully non-hierarchical practice, where the contributions of all are needed and valued. The circle is always wiser. 


Our aim is​ and always will be the freedom and dignity of all - both in what we create and how we create it. 


There is great power when we create together in this way - for the restoration of us as individuals and artists, for our audiences, and for our communities. 


While this work is not easy, and the learning is never done, we want to delight in one another and in that which we are creating! We are renewed, and we begin again.

This statement was created after participating in an Anti-Racist Theatre Workshop with Nicole Brewer. 

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ASSISTANT DIRECTOR, The Verge* by Susan Glaspell, directed by Jessie Austrian, Fiasco Theater/Classic Stage Company/Expand the Cannon, 2024 

ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR, Fiasco Theater's Pericles, directed by Ben Steinfeld, Classic Stage Company/Fiasco Theater, 2024

CO-DIRECTOR, BAX YouthWorks Program, 2024

DIRECTOR, Everything You Wanted, by Jess Honovich, NYU Educational Theater Mainstage Production, Fall 2023 

ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR, Pericles,* directed by Ben Steinfeld, Fiasco Theater Without a Net Production, 2022

DIRECTOR, Tokophobia by Jenny Gillett, The Center at West Park, 2022

CO-DIRECTOR, BAX YouthWorks Program, 2022

DIRECTORGumiho by Nina Ki, Brave New World Repertory Theater, 2022

DRAMATURG, A Midsummer Night's Dream, directed by Robert Thaxton-Stevenson, NYU Looking for Shakespeare

DIRECTOR, Moon Bear, by Nina Ki, produced by Stay True Theatre, 2021

CO-DIRECTOR, BAX YouthWorkSTREAMS Program, 2021

DIRECTOR, A Demon Inside*, by Nina Ki, produced by Fresh Fruit Festival, 2021

DIRECTOR Origen Story by Nina Ki, produced by Waterhouse Collective, 2020

DIRECTOR, Sea Longing; A Full Length Audiodrama* by Nina Ki, produced by Actors' Theatre of Boston & The Parsnip Ship, 2020

DRAMATURG The Winter's Tale, directed by Amy Coreileone, NYU Looking for Shakespeare, 2020 

DRAMATURG A More (Un)Perfect Union, directed by Steve Hart, Wombat Theatre Company, 2020

DIRECTOR Everything You Wanted*, Developmental Reading, by Jess Honovich, 2019

DRAMATURG Comedy of Errors, directed by Amy Cordileone, NYU Looking for Shakespeare, 2019

DIRECTOR The Living History Project* by Molly Powers Gallagher, at New Victory LabWorks, 2019

DRAMATURG The Two Noble Kinsmen, directed by Amy Cordileone, NYU Looking for Shakespeare, 2018

DRAMATURG The Tempest, directed by Nan Smithner, NYU Looking for Shakespeare, 2017

WRITER/PERFORMER Vaguely Black, directed by Tara Elliott, APAP, 2016

DRAMATURG Romeo & Juliet, directed by Nan Smithner, NYU Looking for Shakespeare, 2016

CO-CREATOR/PERFORMER Show Us Womanish, Lineage Performance Arts Center, 2015

WRITER/PERFORMER Between, directed by AC Dumlao, Gallatin Arts Festival, 2014

CO-CREATOR/PERFORMER Show Us Womanish, Gallatin Arts Festival, 2014

*Denotes developmental reading/workshop

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