Hey there! Thanks for coming to my website! My name is Ashani (uh-shawn-knee) and I am an AEA stage manager based out of Charlotte, NC! A graduate of Western Carolina University, I obtained my BA in Stage and Screen with a concentration in Stage Management in May 2021. Born & raised in Charlotte, NC, I began my theatrical journey singing in my church children's choir, performing in a variety of plays and musicals, and studying musical theatre at Northwest School of the Arts for middle and high school. Once at WCU, I started out in the BFA Musical Theatre program until sophomore year when I quickly found my calling (haha, get it?) and crazy love for stage management!
Upon switching my major, the endless work and opportunities began almost immediately. One of my proudest moments came just a few months later when I was offered the position of Asst. Stage Manager and Asst. Director for the 2019 National Black Theatre Festival's opening show, "Jelly's Last Jam". While in college, I also made many memories working as assistant director, assistant stage manager, and stage manager for multiple main-stage productions in the School of Stage and Screen while also directing independent projects with WCU's Black Theatre Ensemble in which I also served as the Vice President from 2019-2021. I am also a PROUD member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated!
So the answer is no, I never slept :)
However, despite my busy schedule, there are so many things I love outside of theatre! When not stage managing, you can find me watching reruns of Glee or Grey's Anatomy, eating some variation of pasta or pizza, or blaming my life choices on being a Gemini!
Thanks for visiting! Take a look around, reach out for any additional info, and hey maybe hire me if that tickles your fancy!