Summer 2022- Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival
A Chorus Line
Up next! Ashani returns to Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival as the AEA Assistant Stage Manager for their production of A Chorus Line! Directed by PSF Associate Artistic Director Dennis Razze, runs June 22 thru July 10 at the LaBuda Center for the Performing Arts in Center Valley, PA.
Spring 2022: Pretty Woman 1st National Tour
Recently, Ashani worked as the Sub 2nd ASM on the1st Broadway National Tour of Pretty Woman: the Musical! She quickly stepped into the position, learned the track, and ran her first Broadway-style deck in a matter of days. She was honored to fill in for the show in her hometown of Charlotte, NC (Blumenthal Performing Arts) and Durham, NC (DPAC).
Summer 2021: Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival
During the summer of 2021, Ashani worked as the Assistant Stage Manager for Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream. The production ran from July 7-August 1 on PSF's newest Air Product Open Air Theatre on the DeSales University campus. This contract also gave Ashani her membership in the EMC Program under the Actors Equity Association!
Photo courtesy of Lee A. Butz
May 2021: First Ever Charlie Blackwell Scholarship
Ashani is so honored to have won one of the very first Charlie Blackwell Scholarships for the 2021 Broadway Stage Management Symposium! This event is held in NYC every year, with last year being completely virtual, and congregates all Broadway, touring, and professional stage managers for a weekend of networking, mingling, and learning. In addition to getting to attend this amazing event with a waived registration, Ashani was granted the opportunity to network with some of her SM idols such as Narda Alcorn (the scholarship she won), Cody Renard Richard, and Beverly Jenkins, and many more in May of 2021!
Spring 2021: Into the Woods
Ashani's final main stage production as a Stage Manager at Western Carolina University was the late Stephen Sondheim's timeless, Into the Woods! This show was performed as an off-sight, fully masked, and outdoors at the Village Green in Cashiers, NC on April 17-18, 2021. Directed by Hunter Foster, Choreographed by Jen Cody, and Music Directed by Ike Webster.
Spring 2021: 35MM: A Musical Exhibition
To wrap up senior year, Ashani stage-managed (and designed lights!!) for the Black Theatre Ensemble's production of 35MM: A Musical Exhibition by Ryan Scott Oliver! The show was filmed and streamed for one night only on YouTube. This concluded the group's final performance of the school year and Ashani's last task as Vice President for BTE.
Fall 2020: Metropolis: An Afrofuturist Musical
Ashani worked as the Production Stage Manager for the workshop of a new musical titled Metropolis, in conjunction with New Light Theatre Project and WCU School of Stage and Screen. The musical is written by AriDy Nox and Brandon Webster and directed by Zhailon Levingston. Two songs were workshopped and performed virtually via NY Theater Barn and Darkroom in late October 2020.
Fall 2020: The Translation of Likes
During her senior year, Ashani was the stage manager for a virtual production of The Translation of Likes written by Nambi E. Kelley and directed by Daniel Carlton! As SM, Ashani led her department through their first-ever Zoom and OBS (Open Broadcaster Software) production!
Summer 2019: National Black Theatre Festival
Three years ago, Ashani reached out to Jackie Alexander, Artistic Director of the North Carolina Black Repertory Company, in regards to seeking an internship or small production role in his upcoming production of "Jelly's Last Jam". To her dismay, she was hired by Alexander to serve as the Assistant Director on the production, and additionally, assistant stage manager when the tech process began in late July. While working on the show, Ashani also was provided the opportunity to serve as a company manager intern, assistant, and event planner for multiple social events during the week of the largest Black theatre festival in the country. She was able to assist and meet Andre De Shields, Brain Stokes Mitchell, Tonya Pinkins, and many more Black celebrities, actors, and legends.