Ashley Teague – Director
Teague believes in theater that speaks to its time and place and addresses community concerns with artistic ferocity, with bold questions and daring choices. Theatre is uplifting and enchanting, and armed with a deep social analysis, theatre is power. Teague is the founding Artistic Director of Notch Theatre Company and recipient of the Embark Fellowship Award for Social Innovation in Entrepreneurship from the Sweater Center for Public Service. Notch creates community-responsive theatre to drive change around the pressing issues of our time, offering communities across the nation a platform to tell their stories on stage and be their own change makers. Notch is currently producing Wild Home, which takes an odyssey across rural America using theatre to tell personal stories about threatened wilderness spaces and the communities that depend on them. Wild Home has been featured on Howlround and Broadway World. Additionally, Teague is a participating partner on Remember2019: an effort to make space for the congregation of Black communities in the Arkansas Delta, by supporting and facilitating local artistic practices practices of self-determination, memory and reflection as directly related to the mass lynching of 1919, the lasting effects of racial terror and the current and future health of these communities. Remember2019 is the recipient of a Map Fund grant and has been featured by the US Department of Arts and Culture and Monument Lab. Teague co-created FIT, a play about the American eugenics movement of the 20th century that partners with the Intellectual Disabled Community, featuring actors with Down Syndrome. While with Cornerstone Theater Company, Teague developed and produced Talk It Out, which travels California creating community-engaged theater aimed at changing public policy around the school-to-prison pipeline crisis. As a creative content producer, she worked on such films as Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, Tyler Perry’s For Colored Girls, Gus Van Sant's Promised Land, Paul Haggis' Next Three Days, and Tina Chism’s Peeples. Recent directing credits include Anna Karenina: a riff (The Flea Theater & HB Studio, NYC; White Heron Theater, MA), Generation25 (Collaborative Arts Ensemble, Kigali, Rwanda), Wild Home (Delicious Orchards, CO), FIT (La Mama Studios, NYC; Spectrum Theatre/Trinity Rep, RI; White Heron Theater, MA), Sense and Sensibility (Redlands University, CA), The Language Archive (UNC/Playmakers Rep), Capsized (Cherry Lane, NYC), Twelfth Night (Gallery Players, NY), The Rehearsal (Asolo Rep/FSU, FL), CHQ Project (Chautauqua Theatre Co, NY), Scapegoat (Delta Cultural Center, AR), Willful (California State Capitol), Ajax (Casa0101/Theater of War Productions, CA). Teague's work has received numerous awards including Broadway World awards for Best Director/Choreographer, Best Musical and Best Ensemble Cast, to name a few.