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 Don Giovanni for Opera On Location, which ReviewsHub called “Exhilarating,” and Cosi Fan Tutte for St. Paul’s Opera.
Ashley was Associate Director under Martin Constantine for the 2017 Opera Works programme at the English National Opera. She was recently the assistant director on Macbeth and observing director on Les Vêpres Siciliennes at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Her other assisting work includes acclaimed director Stephen Unwin's productions of Les Mamelles de Tirésias and Une éducation manquée (Royal College of Music), and Don Giovanni at the Lyric Opera Studio Weimar.
She has worked as a Staff Director with Olivier award-winning company OperaUpClose, on numerous productions including Carmen, La Traviata and Ulla’s Odyssey. She also wrote the libretto for the company’s Shakespeare inspired opera, Music Oft hath Such a Charm.
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. Her 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. She was also a literary researcher for the Ustinov Studio at the Theatre Royal, Bath.
Ashley's upcoming work includes Directing Partenope for Hampstead Garden Opera, La Traviata for Opera On Location and writing the libretto/adaptation for Carmen at the King’s Head Theatre.