Ashley is a born and raised New Yorker. She grew up singing in church and always loved performing. While in New York, Ashley performed in over a dozen shows, including singing at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, 54 Below, and more. She left New York to attend Harvard University where she pursued a degree in Sociology with a minor in Theater and a certificate in Spanish. Now she's back in NYC to pursue her career full-time. Check out the News section for more highlights or download Ashley's headshot and resume below!
Ashley is starring as Alice in the developmental lab of the new musical Alice's Wonderland, directed by Stephanie Klemons (Hamilton, If/Then, In the Heights). The show is a revamp of the classic tale, crafted for modern ears by the brilliant J. Quinton Johnson (Hamilton, ABC's "Dirty Dancing") and Julia Reiw (Thumbelina at A.R.T.). Invited audience presentations will be held at Amas Musical Theatre in NYC. Ashley will also be performing as "Superstar" in the upcoming new musical The Oldenburg Suite happening live in concert this January in NYC. You can also find Ashley performing in numerous shows and concerts at 54 Below, Don't Tell Mama, and more in the coming months. Check her instagram @ashleylalaa for live updates.
Ashley was asked to solo at Harvard's (Virtual) Commencement this year. She was honored to be featured alongside world-renowned performers, Yo-Yo Ma and Conan O'Brien. Watch her rendition of "Home" from The Wiz on Harvard's official Youtube. Additionally, Ashley was asked to perform in the Dalton School's Annual Benefit alongside Neil Patrick Harris for a fun evening of singing about food. Check out her take on Sara Bareilles' "What Baking Can Do." Ashley also performed alongside Gaten Matarazzo and Meg Donnelly in Harmonize Against Hunger, a virtual benefit concert raising money for Project Broadway and Feeding America. Most recently, Ashley collaborated for a cover of Hamilton's "First Burn" that featured Harvard women of color. Hamilton's official Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter re-shared the video, which was well received by fans!
Education & Recognition
Ashley recently graduated early from Harvard University with a degree in Sociology, a minor in Theater, and a certificate in Spanish. While at school, she continued working professionally at the American Repertory Theater (in 5 different mainstage equity shows, including two world premieres), the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, Lincoln Center, and in readings & workshops in NYC. Ashley was the first student to be cast in several A.R.T. productions as an undergrad, working with Tony Award winning directors Diane Paulus and Sergio Trujillo. She also starred in two short films in Boston, one of which was directed by Paulus. Ashley received the 2019 Harvard Arts Award for Excellence in Musical Theater and was a finalist for multiple other awards at Harvard. She was also nominated for Best Actress in a Musical in Boston by Broadway World for her performance in Violet (on a Moving Bus) directed by Sammi Cannold. Ashley is a member of Actor's Equity Association.
Making History with the Hasty Pudding
Ashley was one of the first six women, and the first ever black woman, to be cast in Hasty Pudding Theatricals. Hasty Pudding is the third oldest theater group in the world and is renowned for its original comedy musicals. For nearly 200 years, it produced shows featuring all male casts. In 2019, Ashley made history starring as Princess Theresa in their original production "France, France Revolution." Her role was a parody of the classic damsel in distress. Ashley sang the show's 11 o'clock number "Head Over Heels" every night to nearly sold out audiences in Boston, New York City, and Bermuda during the 40 show run. In 2019 Hasty Pudding honored actors Bryce Dallas Howard, Milo Ventimiglia, and Marc Anthony. The cast roasted these actors live as part of the show. Moreover, every show ended with a 15-minute long dance number. Ashley was honored to be part of this historic moment for women in theater.