Having spent almost all his working life in the theatre in a wide variety of roles, Ashley has extensive experience of a wide range of large and medium scale theatrical and artistic performance related venues and productions.
After receiving a Japanese government bursary to study in Tokyo, for three months, Ashley was employed by his sponsors for a further three years working on commercial and theatre lighting design projects and productions throughout Japan.
On his return to the UK, he took up a post at the Barbican Theatre where he has spent the last 15 years overseeing the flying of international touring productions and project management of large scale capital works within the Grade II listed theatre, most notably working on the replacement power flying system, grid and galleries in addition to numerous other projects aimed at improving and upgrading the theatre’s infrastructure.
In 2013 he was invited to oversee the build and building management of The Drowned Man, a co-production between Punchdrunk and the National Theatre based over four storeys in a disused GPO sorting office, a production which ran for two years.
Ashley’s diverse experience in a wide variety of settings give him a unique outlook into venue and stage design.