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Christopher Ashley
CHRISTOPHER ASHLEY (Artistic Director, La Jolla Playhouse) most recently directed Xanadu on Broadway at the Helen Hayes Theatre, which opened in June 2007. Since graduating cum laude from Yale University in 1986, Mr. Ashley has directed over 60 productions, including Broadway musical productions All Shook Up (Palace Theatre 2005, national tour 2006) and The Rocky Horror Show (2001 Tony Award, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle nominations: Best Direction of a Musical, Circle in the Square Theatre). At the Kennedy Center Sondheim Celebration he directed both Sweeney Todd (2002, Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Direction of a Resident Musical) and Merrily We Roll Along; at New York Theatre Workshop, Valhalla (2004, Lucille Lortel Award nomination), The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told (1998) and Blown Sideways Through Life (1993); at the Minetta Lane Theatre, Jeffrey (1993, Lucille Lortel Award, Outstanding Director, Obie Award, Director); at the WPA Theatre, The Naked Truth (1994) and The Night Hank Williams Died (1989); at the Joseph Papp Public Theater, Fires in the Mirror (1993, Lucille Lortel Award, Outstanding Director); at the Goodspeed Opera House, They All Laughed (2001) and the world premiere of Lucky in the Rain (1997); at the Lucille Lortel Theatre, Bunny, Bunny (1998); at the Variety Arts, Communicating Doors (1998); at the Manhattan Theatre Club, Wonder of the World (2001), New Yorkers (2001), Between Us (2004) and Regrets Only (2006); at the Helen Hayes Theatre, The Smell of the Kill (2002) and at the Mark Taper Forum, Without Walls (2006). Mr. Ashley has also been the recipient of the Princess Grace Award statuette, the Drama League Director Fellowship and an NEA/TCG Director Fellowship. He also directed the feature film of Jeffrey, released by Orion Classics, and the American Playhouse production of Blown Sideways Through Life for PBS.

Bio as of November, 2009.

American Theatre Wing programs, interviews and/or credits include:

Working in the Theatre (video)
Regional Theatre - October, 2009 - Watch now.
Musicals: Directors and Choreographers - March, 2005 - Watch now.

Downstage Center (audio)
Christopher Ashley - October, 2007 - Listen Now.

SDCF Masters of the Stage (audio)
2003 Symposium: New Writers, New Worlds - June, 2003 - Listen Now.
2002 Symposium: The Director Choreographer Relationship - June, 2002 - Listen Now.
2002 Symposium: Assembling The Team - June, 2002 - Listen Now.
Mitchell, Ashley, and Mayer on Directing - March, 2001 - Listen Now.

Internet Broadway Database Listing (IBDB.com)