Ashley “Ash” Marinaccio is a theatre artist and scholar who is dedicated to documenting the socio-political issues that define our times by creating work that challenges the status quo and transforms the way we see the world. She is listed as one of Culture Trip’s “50 Women in Theatre You Should Know”. As a director, performer, and playwright, her work has been seen off-Broadway, at the White House, United Nations, TED conferences across the United States, Europe, and Asia. Ash is a Level II Ph.D. student in Theatre and Performance at the CUNY Graduate Center, where her research interests include exploring theatre practices in war zones, applications of theatre in social justice movements, politics, and performance in times of crisis, community-based theatre, intersections between anthropology and theatre, and documentary theatre. At the Graduate Center, Ash is part of the Interactive Technology and Pedagogy certificate program, a New Media Lab and ARC Research Fellow. She is the founding Artistic Director of the theatre company and United Nations NGO Girl Be Heard, where she received numerous accolades, including LPTW’s Lucille Lortel Visionary Award. She is a co-founder/director of Co-Op Theatre East and creator/host of Stage Left.