Ashley Rodbro is a writer, director, producer, and stage manager originally from Wadsworth, Illinois and currently residing in Manhattan.
As a writer, her play, Running Interference, was recently produced in the 2015 New York International Fringe Festival. Running Interference was a Time Out New York Critics’ Pick and won the Fringe’s Best Ensemble award. She also conceptualized and co-created a technology based iPhone variety hour called Beyond the iChatter as a part of Ars Nova’s ANT FEST in 2011. She has been a reader for Ars Nova’s Play Group selection committee for the past seven years and a reader for their ANT FEST festival selection for three years. She also worked for two years as the theatrical consultant for internet musician Jonathan Coulton, vetting theatre projects based on his music. She was an adjudicator for the Dayton Playhouse's 2015 FutureFest play festival, providing critical feedback on a panel for six playwrights and voting to choose a festival winner.
As a director, she directs the Muse Match concert series focused on creating new musical theatre collaborations. She is also the director and co-creator of the environmental musical Uncool: The Party, performed at Musical Theatre Factory and at CAP 21. Other directing credits include Brenda by Cory Finley (NY Fringe 2013), Scarlett Fever by “Vanity Fair” writer Josh Duboff (NY Fringe 2012), and I’m From Outer Space by Tim Duncheon (Ars Nova 2010).
As a producer, she recently finished line producing Ars Nova’s ANT FEST, a festival for emerging artists that brought new work from over 200 artists to the stage in 26 shows in 26 days.
As a stage manager, she has almost exclusively stage managed new plays and musicals, including most recently By The Water (SM, Manhattan Theatre Club), Charlatan (PSM, Ars Nova—Drama Desk nominee), Shida (PSM, Off-Broadway) and NBC’s Annual Comedy Showcase in New York (PSM). Upcoming: Romance Language Off-Broadway.
She is a graduate of Yale's Theater Studies department and is the former president of the Yale Dramat. She is currently the Secretary of the Board for the Yale Dramat's Alumni Associates organization.