Ashley Hamilton

Assistant Professor

  • Faculty
  • College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Department of Theatre

What I do

Dr. Hamilton is an Assistant Professor of Theatre at the University of Denver also the Founder and Co-Director of the DU Prison Arts Initiative (DU PAI).

Professional Biography

Ashley Lauren Hamilton is an Assistant Professor of Theatre at the University of Denver and the Founder and Co-Director of the DU Prison Arts Initiative (DU PAI). Ashley's work is vast, ranging from teaching full time, creating theatre and performance in medium and maximum security prisons and directing and devising collegiate and professional work in Colorado and New York. Ashley's research focuses on the complexities of teaching and creating theatre in prisons and how this practice can be used as a resource for authentic dialogue, affectual experience, transformation and lasting rehabilitation – leading her to launch DU PAI in 2017. Ashley has a PhD in Applied/Educational Theatre from New York University where she focused on applied theatre, theatre for social change and devising theatre. Ashley also has an MA from New York University in Applied/Educational Theatre, Theatre for Communities and a BFA in Performance from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Ashley is also in the process of becoming a registered drama therapist (RDT).

Degree(s)

  • Ph.D., Educational and Applied Theatre, New York University, 2017
  • MA, Applied and Educational Theatre, New York University, 2013
  • BFA, Performance, The University of Colorado at Boulder, 2010

Licensure / Accreditations

  • Drama Therapy Certification (RDT)

Research

Ashley's research focuses on the complexities of teaching and creating theatre and arts practices in prisons and how this practice can be used as a resource for authentic dialogue, affectual experience, transformation and lasting rehabilitation.

Performances

Cradle Two Grave
  • Denver, CO
Tick, Tick Boom!
  • Denver