Ashley Griffin

Ashley Griffin

Ashley Griffin is most well known as the first person in history to be nominated for a major award for both playing and directing Hamlet. As a performer, Ashley has appeared extensively on and Off-Broadway as well as in T.V. and film. Highlights include work at The Gershwin Theater, Lincoln Center, Playwrights Horizons, Manhattan Theatre Club and The Public Theater, as well as on The Greatest Showman, Homeland and Diabolical, among others. She holds a BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and has trained at RADA, the National Theater and the Boston Conservatory.

Artist Bio

Ashley Griffin is most well known as the first person in history to be nominated for a major award for both playing and directing Hamlet. As a performer, Ashley has appeared extensively on and Off-Broadway as well as in T.V. and film. Highlights include work at The Gershwin Theater, Lincoln Center, Playwrights Horizons, Manhattan Theatre Club and The Public Theater, as well as on The Greatest Showman, Homeland and Diabolical, among others. She holds a BFA from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and has trained at RADA, the National Theater and the Boston Conservatory.

As a writer, Ashley’s work has been produced/developed at New World Stages, Manhattan Theater Club, Playwrights Horizons, A.R.T. and La Mama. Ashley received the WellLife Network Award and a county commendation for her Off-Broadway play Trial (directed by Lori Petty and heralded as “If this show were on Broadway it would win the Pulitzer,”) which is currently in talks for a transfer. She is currently working with producers Neil Gooding (The Ferryman on Broadway,) and Brian Spector (The Inheritance on Broadway) on transfers/new productions of her work. She is the creator of the pop culture phenomenon Twilight: The Musical which received rave reviews from E! EW, MTV and others. Her pilot Blank Paige has received interest from Amazon and she has several film/T.V. projects in the works.

Ashley has been nominated for five NYIT Awards in multiple categories including Best Actress, Best Director and Best New Play.

Press

...intriguing... – The New York Times

The Neurology of the Soul – “(Ashley Griffin is) intriguing…addressing the audience.”

...a warrior of stage direction... – The Harlem Times

Hamlet – “A warrior of stage direction…she transports us through eras, characters and story lines clearly and with ferocious grace…It is truly stunning what she can do with…nothing but the simplest stage magic.”

...physical and emotional... – Paper Tiger Reviews

Snow – “Astrid is, in the hands of her architect Griffin, a tragic and arresting centerpiece to the story. Astrid is a physical and emotional challenge for any actress, and Ashley plays her roles with the commitment of one who created them, but more importantly, understands them.”

...remarkable... – Theaterart.com

Hamlet – "Griffin not only directs this piece but also does a remarkable job leading it as Hamlet. ....Griffin has directed a ... deeply moving production. I applaud her..."