An interview with Ashley by BJ Cary, Cary On Photos
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 Theatre for the Very Young Special Interest Group, 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.