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Hi, I'm Ashley Wool. When I'm not baking too many cookies, petting my cats, or writing pop/rock songs that I occasionally share, you may find me performing in musical theatre.
Most recently, I had the honor of originating the role of Jessica in the new musical, How to Dance in Ohio, which received its world premiere at Syracuse Stage in 2022. It was awesome getting to originate a canonically autistic character, especially after more than a decade of refusing to acknowledge my own autism diagnosis. It was thrilling to hear giddily enthusiastic responses from the press--but more tellingly, to hear from autistic audience members who felt represented, validated and respected in ways that, historically, we haven't been. (I might have written a few words on that subject before.) It was also profoundly empowering getting to work with an incredibly diverse team of world-class talent, all of whom were deeply invested in the work, and embraced the "hard conversations" with open hearts and a staunch commitment to equity, justice, and compassion.
My roots are in Westchester County, NY, where I built much of my resume performing in community and regional theatre, including stints as an artist-in-residence for the conservatory programs at the White Plains Performing Arts Center and Infinity Repertory Theatre and leading roles with Little Radical Theatrics in Yonkers and City Island Theatre Group in the Bronx. I received my B.A. in musical theatre from SUNY Geneseo, where I also recorded my first EP of original music and served on the executive board of the Geneseo Chamber Singers. I've also moonlighted as a teaching artist, dramaturg, and occasional playwright.
The Industry People™ say this is where I'm supposed to describe my brand. At a showcase I did a while back, one agent wrote on my feedback sheet, "unclear; can't tell if you're a man-eater or a comedienne." I think that pretty much nails it.