Ashley Laverty is a theatre maker originally from Massachusetts. Ashley is the founding Artistic Director of Kerfuffle, a theatre company devoted to creating performances with and for 2-5 year olds, and she directed the premiere production, The Caterpillar's Footprint in March 2016. Ashley's plays for young audiences include Nadine's Coloring Book,Where Our Stuff Goes, and Dotty Dot!, written in collaboration with Travis Kendrick, Ryan Cavanaugh and John Wascavage. As an actress, Ashley has performed nationally for young audiences with the National Theatre for Children, VEE Corporation, Omaha Theater Company for Young People, Roxy Regional Theatre, Vital Theatre Company, and Storyland, a family amusement park. Ashley is the Director of Early Childhood and a Teaching Artist at The Rose Theater in Omaha, Nebraska, where she designs curriculum and facilitates creative drama and musical theatre classes for young people ages 4-15; teaches curricular topics using creative drama tools in Omaha Public Schools; acts in Mainstage TYA productions; and writes and directs Theatre for the Very Young plays, such as Wynken, Blynken and Nod, and The Music Makers. She holds an M.F.A in Theatre for Youth from Arizona State University and a B.A. in Theatre Arts with a concentration in Musical Theatre from Point Park University's Conservatory of Performing Arts. She is proud to be one of the five 2018 Artist Fellows at the Union for Contemporary Art.
News and Projects
- Currently one of five 2018 Artist Fellows at the Union for Contemporary Art
- Adapting and directing Wynken Blynken and Nod at The Rose Theater in February 2018. The piece will be best enjoyed by children ages 2-5 years old and their families. Read a review in The Reader!
- Co-produced Bittersweet: A Valentine's Day Hangover and Mister & MissCast: A Gender Bending Musical Theatre Cabaret at The Max in downtown Omaha with Three Ladies.
- Performed and served as Student Director in The Best Christmas Pageant Ever the Musical! at The Rose Theater in December 2017. Check out the Omaha World Herald article about the young actors in the cast and Ashley's work with them.
- Hosts Wow! That's What I Call Improv Vol. 1 every third Thursday at 9pm at The Backline Theatre. Recently graduated from The Backline's Long Form Improvisation program.
- Participated as 1 of 25 artists in Omaha Creative Institute's Artist INC Program in Fall 2017. Her work will be featured in Variable Gain-Artist INC 2017 Exhibition on January 5, 2018 at the downtown Omaha Public Library branch.
- Directed an all-female staged reading of 1776 as part of the Omaha Community Playhouse's alternative programming series in July 2017.
- Wrote and directed The Music Makers, currently touring Omaha preschools as a part of the Rose Theater's Preschool Drama Infusion Program.
- Devised and directed Woman: A Meme as a part of Woman in Omaha in partnership with Woven: grounding feminist thoughts and practices in Omaha at Jess Benjamin Studios in October.