Christopher has served as Artistic Director of La Jolla Playhouse since October 2007. During his tenure, he has helmed the Playhouse’s world-premiere productions of Arthur Kopit’s A Dram of Drummhicit, Claudia Shear’s Restoration, as well as Glengarry Glen Ross, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and the acclaimed musicals Xanadu and Memphis, which went on to win four 2010 Tony Awards on Broadway, including Best Musical. Prior to joining the Playhouse, he directed the Broadway productions of Xanadu (Drama Desk nomination), All Shook Up and The Rocky Horror Show (Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Award nominations), as well as the Kennedy Center Sondheim Celebration productions of Sweeney Todd and Merrily We Roll Along.

Other New York credits include: Leap of Faith, Blown Sideways Through Life, Jeffrey (Lucille Lortel and Obie Awards), The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told, Valhalla, Regrets Only, Wonder of the World, Communicating Doors, Bunny Bunny, The Night Hank Williams Died, Fires in the Mirror (Lucille Lortel Award), among others. Mr. Ashley also directed the feature film Jeffrey and the American Playhouse production of Blown Sideways Through Life for PBS. Mr. Ashley is the recipient of the Princess Grace Award, the Drama League Director Fellowship and an NEA/TCG Director Fellowship.

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