Fati D. Ashley is a Ghanaian-American arts purveyor and creator. Ashley's engagement with Fine Art ranges from work as a professional figure model to being a self-taught painter. As a lifetime literary enthusiast, reading and writing are the cornerstones of her creative process. She is a published poet whose writing has been produced by professional theaters. Holding a BA in English with a Comparative Literature concentration and an MA in English (Rhetoric and Composition), Ashley has experience as a line editor and publication editor. Ashley's appetite for theater began long before she knew the importance of a dramaturge and before she was awarded Best Actress by the Honorary Thespian Society. Since dramaturgy utilizes her acumen in literary analysis, research, and love of theater it is a well-suited discipline. Florida-based. Will travel.
Echoes of Us
"Directed by Tony Award nominee Michele Shay, ECHOES OF US is a series of curated monologues from writers spanning the African diaspora that dramatize the interconnections of who we are as Black people. Featuring Vanessa Bell Calloway, Anna Maria Horsford, L. Peter Callender, Jason Dirden, Sola Bamis and Desean Terry, this creative expression of blackness is a unique live experience that speaks to the evolving nature of our lived experiences and transcends across generations."
The Banyan Review
"The Banyan Review is an online, international journal promoting poetry, art, and the natural world. We publish four issues annually, and our “Intervals” section features poets, artists, thinkers, and essayists between published issues."
The Glass Menagerie
As part of the production team for the non-traditional casting of The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams, featuring members of the global majority. Researching Depression Era St.Louis, MO, with respect to socio-economic conditions of black and brown people, exposed a well of contextual material for the actors and audiences. Working closely with director, Monica Ndounou of The Craft Institute and Dartmouth College to infuse culturally specific details. Staged in San Francisco by the African-American Shakespeare Company. Now Showing https://www.african-americanshakes.org/