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- Ashley is the 2019 Ann Shaw Fellow with TYA/USA! She will travel to Bologna, Italy to attend the Visioni Di Futuro, Visioni Di Teatro (International Festival of Theatre and Culture for Early Childhood) at La Baracca Testoni Ragazzi. There, she will witness theatre and dance performances for very young audiences from all over the world as well as participate in a conference for early childhood educators.
- Check out the Omaha World Herald article about Ashley and Kerfuffle!
- Recently directed Nested, a new piece for very young audiences centered around home, family, and separation. The piece be performed December 7-15, 2018 at the Union for Contemporary Art.
- Check out the Omaha Magazine article, "Causing a Kerfuffle", featuring Ashley talking about her work and life in Omaha!
- Finishing up the year as one of five 2018 Artist Fellows at the Union for Contemporary Art!
- Performed as Ms. Walker in Goosebumps: The Phantom of the Auditorium at The Rose Theater, October 26-November 11!
- Directed The Caterpillar's Footprint, presented at OutrSpaces with Kerfuffle in Summer 2018, and in partnership with The Lied Center at Educare in May 2018.
- Recently added to the Nebraska Arts Council Teaching Artist Roster and facilitating an early childhood residency with Heartland Family Services.
- Adapted and directed Wynken Blynken and Nod at The Rose Theater in February 2018 for children ages 2-5 and families. Read a review in The Reader!
- Doing lots and lots of long form improvisation! Hosts Wow! That's What I Call Improv Vol. 1 every third Thursday at 9pm at The Backline Theatre and coaching the Harold house team, Scholastic Science Fair!
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. 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. Other plays for young and very young audiences include The Caterpillar's Footprint, 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. 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 a co-chair of the American Alliance for Theatre and Education's Early Childhood Network, on the Nebraska Arts Council Teaching Artist Roster, and she is proud to be one of the five 2018 Artist Fellows at the Union for Contemporary Art.
An interview with Ashley by BJ Cary, Cary On Photos