As an award-winning fiction writer and playwright, my work is interested in exploring narration and the human journey in many forms. My work looks at the ways we build community, how memory shapes our present identity, and the intersection of physical and verbal communication. With many projects always in process, my interests are varied and shaped by my deep love of character-driven stories and endless curiosity about the world.
My theater production credits include the OFFCom and OFFFest recommended one-woman show ON ARRIVING; the one-act play "Poe's The Fall of the House of Usher,” which was a City Lit (Chicago) Art of Adaptation Festival winner; THE DARLING CHILDREN at New York International Fringe; and LIFE, DEATH, & EVERYTHING IN-BETWEEN, a collaborative movement play, at Capital Fringe. LOST SOCK LAUNDRY, developed through the Clamour Theatre’s Clay & Water Playwrights’ Retreat and the Broadway Bound Incubator Reading Series, was awarded the OnStage Award by the OnStage! Festival which included a translation and staged reading in Rome; and ELEPHANT: A COMEDY was named a finalist in the Award of Excellence in Playwriting by the Association for Theater in Higher Education. In addition, many short plays have been produced in a variety of cities across the United States.
My fiction writing has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and was a finalist for both the Calvino Prize and the Iron Horse Literary Review’s Single-Author Issue. My work can be found in a variety of journals, both print and online.
I split my time between New York and southeast Virginia, where I teach a variety of writing and special topics courses in literature and drama at Christopher Newport University. I also try to visit both London and Vietnam as often as possible.
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Christina Rose Ashby, Director