2005 Masters of Fine Arts (MFA) Dance and Technology, with a interdisciplinary minor in Film, Video, and Sound-Design from The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH.
2001 Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Dance from Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle, WA.
2016-2017 The College at Brockport/SUNY, New York Full-Time Visiting Guest Artist, Assistant Professor
2014-2016 California Polytechnic State University Teaching- Performing and Visual Arts to future K-12 teachers, focus on Dance, Theater, New Media, and Music (LS 370) in San Luis Obispo, CA
2010-2014 LaGuardia Community College/CUNY Teaching- Choreography: The Art of Making Dances & Contemporary Dance Technique/Theatrical Dance
2006-2014 The Leadership Program (K-12th) Teaching- dance, dance and technology, video, choreography, chess, and peer discussion in Manhattan, Harlem, Brooklyn, and Queens
2009 SOS: State of Space (Adult) Taught an 8-week Performance and Technology workshop at WOW Café Theatre in NYC
Liftoff- Artist in Residence through New Dance Alliance and Karen Bernard in NYC, Summer 2016
Guest Master Class Instructor of Contemporary Dance Class and Choreography Class at Kenyon College in Ohio, Fall 2014
Assistant to Choreographer Dean Moss at The Kitchen (Theater) NYC, Summer 2014
Performed her solo work at Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Summer 2011
Dance/USA scholarship recipient to attend the summer 2008 National Performing Arts Conference (NPAC) in Denver, CO and Dance/USA in New York, NY.
Traveled the USA solo art project for nine-months in 2008, kept a blog, vlogs, and rehearsed while on the road (http://id-iloveamerica.blogspot.com/)
Recipient of the DanceWEB scholarship for 2007 ImpulzTanz Summer Dance Festival, Vienna, Austria.
Artist Resident at Atlantic Center for the Arts (ACA) in New Smyrna Beach, FL. under direction of John Jasperse, Nov. 2006.Education
2005 Masters of Fine Arts (MFA) Dance and Technology, with a
interdisciplinary minor in Film, Video, and Sound-Design from
The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH.
2001 Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Dance from Cornish College of the
Arts, Seattle, WA.
2016-2017 The College at Brockport/SUNY, New York
Full-Time Visiting Guest Artist, Assistant Professor
Teaching- Undergraduate and Graduate Dance Majors:
Choreography, Modern Dance Technique, Professional
Development, Dance Video Documentation and Creative Dance Film,
Digital Literacy, and Dance Improvisation
Offering individual feedback to students regarding their choreography,
performance projects, and future in the field of dance
A member of the Graduate Dance Committee, attending meetings,
discussions, and taking action to promote the Graduate Dance Program
Served on the Ballet Search Committee
Attending and participating in department decisions at faculty meetings
Artistic Director of DANCE/Hartwell, Concert Coordinator
Heading the ACDA submissions and a leading master class at the 2017 regional
2014-2016 California Polytechnic State University
Teaching Liberal Studies- Performing and Visual Arts to future K-12 teachers, focus on Multicultural Dance, Theater, New Media/Video, and Music (LS370)
Rubrics, teaching advanced and focused students, written and project based assignments
2010-2014 LaGuardia Community College/CUNY
Teaching College Students: Modern Dance Technique, Choreography, Theatrical Dance, and Improvisation
Grading scale for written assignments and performance critiques
2011-Present Videographer: Dancing Camera & Independent, NYC
Video weekly Movement Research at Judson Church, Monday evenings
Video weekly 92nd Street Y, Friday’s at Noon performances
Video Independent Choreographers and Performances throughout NYC
Knowledge of various video cameras, dvd burning systems, framing, focusing, video and sound editing, etc.
2006-Present Ashley A. Friend: Outside the Outside
Established a dance company in California/NYC (originally called Ashley A. Friend: The Contemporary Dance Core)
Working with a NYC based dance manager, Jodi Kaplan & Assoc., 2011-2013
Promotion: radio and newspaper interviews, plus PBS Public television documentary post-performance interview
Design posters and concert programs using Photoshop & other media programs
Organize donations and sponsors for promotion to generate and expand audience
Booking guest choreographers for performances
Post-production includes development of a DVD/video from the concert
Final Cut Pro and DVD Studio Pro used in Post-Production, sound edited in Soundtrack Studio Pro
2006-2014 The Leadership Program
Teach dance, drama, video, chess, and teen-talk programs in Brooklyn, Queens, and Harlem, New York
Work with a range of students from various economic, religious, and ethnic backgrounds
Clearly communicate expectations with the school, administrative staff, janitors, principals, teachers, students, and parents
2001-Present Pilates Mat and Reformer Instructor
2015-2016, Barré/Pilates classes at Five Season Pilates and Los Osos Fitness in Los Osos, CA
2003-2005, Pilates group mat instructor, 3 to 4 Pilates classes per week at Gold’s Gym in Columbus, OH
2006-2008, Pilates private reformer and mat instructor at Hudson Street Pilates, NY.
2009, Private summer mat and reformer classes, CA
2003-05 Video/Administrative Assistant to Bebe Miller Company
Video documentation of rehearsal process for company’s current project
Developed and edited a video DVD of Miller and company’s creative process over three years (FCP & DVD SP)
Worked in the Motion Capture Laboratory at the Advanced Center for Computer Arts and Design (ACCAD) on the OSU campus and prepared and cleaned the captured data to be used in animation
2003-2004 Graduate Assistant, The Arts and Sciences Curriculum Office,
The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
Assistant to the director of the Arts and Sciences Curriculum office at The Ohio State University, Columbus
Collected information on departmental subcommittees, provided minutes for the curriculum meetings, attended the Department of Dance curriculum meetings
Thorough knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, and data organization and scheduling
2002 Grant from The California Arts Council, Choreographer
Choreographed a performance entitled Power Down for the middle-school students of The Atascadero Fine Arts Academy. Power Down was performed at various elementary schools around San Luis Obispo County.
Correspondence with the school principals of the various sites, publicity, and interaction with the public. Grant Director: Dr. Susan Duffy, Former Chair: Liberal Studies Dept. Cal Poly State University, Central Coast Center for Arts Ed. (CCCAD)
2000-2002 Artist in Residence, Children’s Creative Project
Taught dance in the elementary schools (K-6)
Complete/methodical lesson plans and classroom management skills
Required concise and thorough communication with the teachers, students, and parents in the various institutions where I was an instructor (Mary Buren Elementary, Carissa Plains School, Branch Elementary, Pachecco Elementary) in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties, CA.
Performance and Choreography
Outside The Outside: Choreography: Ashley A. Friend, Music Mix/Voiceover by
A. Friend. Dancers: The College at Brockport SUNY, Department of
Dance Students. Quartet- Hartwell Theatre, Brockport, NY (11.2017),
Rochester, NY (11.17), Duet- Farmington, NY (3.17), Solo-Northeast
ACDA, NJ (3.2017), Solo-Performance Mix Festival, University
Settlement, New Dance Alliance, NYC (6.17) 15 min.
“Owned”: Choreography: Ashley A. Friend, Music Mix/Voiceover by A. Friend,
dancers: A. Friend and Stacy Lynn Smith Performed at Byrdcliffe
Theater in Woodstock, NY (7.2015), Women in Motion Brooklyn, NY
(9.2015), New Dance Alliance, NYC (12.2015), Poetry Church (Music
by Daniel J. Brennan), San Luis Obispo, CA (1.2016) 30 min.
Riddle Glazer: Choreography: Ashley A. Friend, Music Mix by A. Friend,
performed as a solo by Kay Ottinger at Movement Research for Judson
Church, NYC- 2014. As a solo by A. Friend at Byrdcliffe
Theatre in Woodstock, NY (8.2014). As a trio with A. Friend, Kay
Ottinger, & Stacy Lynn Smith at New Dance Alliance, NYC (12. 2014) 20 min.
Territory- Sans Sans: Choreography & Dancing: Ashley A. Friend, Music by The
Pixies. Performed at Jazz at Lincoln Center, NYC (1.2013), 10 min. solo
Make Room for the Holy Spirit: Choreography & Dancing by the collaborative
dance group called Open Source Ashley A. Friend, Jeremy Olson,
Tony Nissan, & Vanessa Walters. Red Bean, NYC
(12.2013), Autism Benefit, NYC (3.2013) 15 min. quartet.
Ire: Choreography & Dancing: Ashley A. Friend, Music mix by David Morneau,
Text by A. Friend. (Part of evening work Territory.) Excerpt at The Alvin
Ailey Citygroup Theater (1.2012), HATCH (3.2012), show/share
(5.2012), Byrdcliffe Theater (Woodstock, NY 7.2012), 92nd Street Y
Friday’s at Noon (12.2012), Women in Motion (2.2013) 15 min. solo.
Sound Moves: Collaborators: Jens Biedermann (Switzerland), Ashley A. Friend
(USA), Jeannette Ginslov (South Africa/Denmark), Thabiso Pule (South
Africa), Music by Fernando de Miguel (Switzerland), work-in-progress
at the Gilles Jobin dance center, Geneva, CH (7.2011).
Tehachapi: Choreography and Dancing: Ashley A. Friend, Music by L.V.
Beethoven and sound mix by A. Friend. Work-in-progress for
Movement Research at Judson Church (2.2011).
Honey Flat: Choreography and Dancing: Ashley A. Friend, Music by David Brewer
and sound mix by A. Friend, work-in progress for Movement Research
at Judson Church (2.2009), SITE Fest Chez Bushwick (3.2009), Secret Project Robot (4.2009), Dance Obispo, SLO, CA (9.2009), 92nd St Y (10.2009), evening: Joyce Soho, NYC (4.2010), The West End Theater, NYC (10.2010), Ailey Citigroup Theater, NYC (1.2011), Edinburgh Fringe Festival (8.2011), 25 min. solo.
I Hate John: Choreography: Ashley A. Friend, Original live music composition by
David Morneau, Dancers: Talya Epstein, Shenelle Eaton Foster, Lydia
Love, Michael Freeman, Ashley A. Friend, work-in-progress solo at
Dance Obispo, SLO, CA (9.2009), premiered as group work at Joyce
SoHo season, NYC (4.2010), 25 min. group.
ID: Choreography: Ashley A. Friend, Music Mix and original score by A. Friend
with additional music by The Beach Boys, evening-length work,
shown as work-in-progress at MR at Judson Church (October 2007),
produced by 92nd St Y for Sundays at Three (March 2008), Steinberg
Gallery, SLO, CA (8.2008) 45 min, solo.
Sunshine and Dirt: Choreography: Ashley A. Friend, Original musical score by
David Morneau, Evening-length work premiered at Joyce SoHo (May
2007) Excerpts of Sunshine & Dirt at DNA Works in Progress,
Conversations at the Flea (February 27, 2007) & Tea Dances (March
17, 2007) 70 min, quintet.
Untitled: Choreography and Dancing: Ashley A. Friend, Original musical score by
Jong Yul Chong, developed and performed while an artist-resident at
Atlantic Center for the Arts (ACA), New Smyrna Beach, FL.
(10.2006) 6min, solo. Under direction of mentor artist John Jasperse.
Nirvana in an Accessory: Choreography and Dancing: Ashley A. Friend, Music by
Nirvana, Movement Research Open Performance, Dance
Theatre Workshop, New York, NY. (9.2006) 15min, solo.
a “scary body” piece: Choreography and Dancing: Ashley A. Friend, Music by
Teizo Matsumura, Shakuhachi Chikurai, REIBO (Longing for the
bell), Spanos Theater, San Luis Obispo, CA. (2006) 9min, solo.
WEAVING III: Choreography and Dancing: Ashley A. Friend, Music Mix by A.
Friend (Fleetwood Mac, I’m So Afraid & Never Go Back Again;
Enya, Amarantine; Spoken Word; sound FX), Spanos Theater, San
Luis Obispo, CA. (2006) 8:15min, solo.
WEAVING II: Choreography and Dancing: Ashley A. Friend, Music by W.A.
Mozart (I Kyrie, Mass in C minor), Sullivant Theater, Columbus, OH. (2005) Spanos Theater, San Luis Obispo, CA. One-Off Weaving (2006), HATCH performance series, New York, NY (2008) 7min,solo.
TRIAGE: Part I: Choreography: Ashley A. Friend, Music by Composer David
Morneau, Sullivant Theater, Columbus, OH. (2005) 25min, 9 dancers.
WEAVING I: Choreography, Dancing, and Music: Ashley A. Friend, Sullivant
Theater Columbus, OH. (2003) Detroit, MI. American College
Dance Festival (March 2004) San Luis Obispo, CA. One-Off
Weaving (2006) 8min, solo.
Further Dance Education
Friend studies with ballet mistress Janet Panetta in NYC, since 2012. She has also studied classical ballet with Kitty Daniels in Seattle (1998-2001) and Gilbert and Sydna Reed, retired from Ballet Russe, in California (1995-1997).
Plus, numerous national and international workshops with contemporary choreographers including: K.J. Holmes (2015 & 2016), Tere O’Connor (2014), RoseAnne Spradlin (2007, 2015, & 2016), Keith Hennessy (2007), Neil Greenburg (2006), Yvonne Meier (2015 & 2016), Ishmael Huston Jones (2014), Jonathon Burrows (2007), Irene Dowd (2014 & 2015), Miguel Gutierrez (2007 & 2013), and John Jasperse (2006).
“Ashley A. Friend, WEAVING I… Starting from a fetal position, Friend‘s solo evolves by means that are alien, hesitant and always unexpected.” --Jay Weitz, Columbus Alive 2004, Top 10 of 2003: The Year in Theater and Dance
“Her body expresses the dark and scary side of life with a specificity that most of us can only dream of and a lighthearted twist that makes it all okay in the end.”
-Rachel Boggia, Professor at OSU, Graduation Speech June 2005
“Friend interwove the identity of her many outdoor rehearsal spaces into the fabric of her piece... She incorporated her physical reactions to the rocky beaches of Maine or slippery pine needles into her work, comparing the seeming handicap to a concept she frequently explores in her work.”
--Ashley Schwellenbach, New Times, SLO, CA, Travels With Isadora (Sep. 2008)