Freddie Ashley was appointed Artistic Director of Actor's Express in July 2007. He has directed AE productions of Stupid Fucking Bird, Rent (Suzi nomination), Bad Jews, Murder Ballad, The Rocky Horror Show (Suzi nomination), End of the Rainbow (Suzi nomination), Six Degrees of Separation, Seminar, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Kiss of the Spider Woman, The Motherfucker with the Hat, Edith Can Shoot Things and Hit Them, Spring Awakening (Suzi nomination), Broadsword, Albatross, Becky Shaw (Suzi nomination), Slasher, Fair Use, Grey Gardens (Suzi Bass Award winner, Best Director of a Musical), Zanna Don't, Mauritius (Suzi nomination), Finn in the Underworld, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, When Something Wonderful Ends, dark play or stories for boys (Atlanta Journal-Constitution Top Ten of 2007, Suzi nomination), The Great American Trailer Park Musical (Suzi nomination), I Am My Own Wife (AJC Top Ten of 2007) and The Last Sunday in June.
Other directing credits include Cabaret (Atlanta Lyric Theatre), The Last Schwartz (Jewish Theatre of the South); A Man of No Importance (Theatre Gael, AJC Best Musical Revival of 2004); Lawrenceburg (World Premiere - Dad's Garage, AJC Top Ten of 2006); and A Body of Water, Academy, A Catered Affair (Suzi nomination), Camelot, Glorious, Wait Until Dark, Waving Goodbye, Moon Over Buffalo, As It is In Heaven and Lend Me a Tenor (Aurora Theatre).
Prior to joining AE, Ashley served as Literary Manager of the Alliance Theatre (recipient of the 2007 Regional Theatre Tony Award), where he served as dramaturg for 30 productions. Play development activities include work with Jewish Theatre of the South, Kennedy Center, the New Group and Page 73 Productions. He has received the Elliot Hayes Award for Dramaturgy from the Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas and in 2007 was awarded an Arts Encouragement Award from the Charles Loridans Foundation. He serves on the faculty of Kennesaw State University and holds degrees from the University of Southern Mississippi and the former Shorter College.