Ashley Pearson is a London-based writer and director. Her work is narrative-driven, highly visual and meticulously crafted. Pearson specializes in opera, new work and reimagined classics. Her work has been called “bright and witty,” “dramatically mature,” and “all round brilliant.” She believes in fostering strong collaborative relationships with performers and challenging audiences — her work is unapologetically thought-provoking. Her recent directing work includes Partenope for Hampstead Garden Opera and Violetta for Opera Allegra as part of Grimeborn at the Arcola.
Ashley was Associate Director under Martin Constantine for the 2017 Opera Works programme at the English National Opera. Her work as an Assistant and Staff Director includes Berenice and Macbeth (Royal Opera House); Les Mamelles de Tirésias and Une Éducation Manquée (Royal College of Music); Don Giovanni and Die Fledermaus (Lyric Opera Studio Weimar); Carmen, La Traviata and Ulla’s Odyssey (OperaUpClose).
Ashley’s work as a playwright and librettist has been seen across the UK. Her work as a librettist includes La Traviata (Opera on Location), Carmen, La Bohème and Tosca (King’s Head Theatre), and Music Oft hath Such a Charm (OperaUpClose, UK tour). Her work as a playwright includes League of Youth, Coverage (Riot Act) and Mary, Mary (Theatre Mensch).
Ashley holds a Masters in Theatre Directing from East 15 Acting School, and has studied directing at GITIS (Russian University of Theatre Arts) and Seacoast Theatre Centre.
Additional directing credits include Orpheus in the Underworld, Die Zauberflöte (St. Paul’s Opera), The Chairs (Corbett Theatre), Nerves of the Heart (Quest), Woyzeck and Cocaine Down the Drain (Powerhouse).
She was an apprentice director with New York Stage and Film’s Powerhouse Theatre Festival and holds a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences specializing in theatre, abstract mathematics, and film studies from Quest University Canada.