Austin Dean Ashford
I was born and raised in the Bay Area, but my passion for performance has taken me all over the world. During my time in Marshall, Texas - I competed for The Great Debaters of Wiley College, where I earned 21 national championship titles.
I went on pursue a dual-MFA in Acting and Play-writing at the University of Arkansas, graduating the class of 2019. In the past two years, I’ve had the privilege of sharing my work and receiving top honors at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival in DC, the United Solo Festival in New York City, the San Diego International Fringe Festival, and the Dunedin and New Zealand Fringe Festivals.
Most recently, I was selected as a OneBeat Colombia Fellow to join musicians from around the world to collaboratively write, produce, and perform original music, and develop strategies for arts-based social engagement. When I'm not on stage or in the classroom, I'm playing my ukulele and dreaming of the beach.