Ashley Receives Arts Encouragment Award

Freddie Ashley recently was awarded the a Loridans Arts Encouragement Award from the Charles Loridans Foundation. Ashley who teaches in the KSU Department of Theatre and Performance Studies and serves as the literary manager at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta.

He is one of three area artists to receive this newly created award. The other recipients are percussionist Stuart Gerber and artist Danielle Roney.

“These new awards programs are intended to recognize, encourage, and reward a select group of individual Atlanta artists from across a number of disciplines,” said Robert G. Edge, chairman of the Loridans Foundation and a partner with Alston & Bird in Atlanta. “We want to honor people at various stages of their artistic careers—those who are clearly accomplished, exceptional artists but who remain largely ‘behind-the-scenes’ and may be unfamiliar to the public as well as those who are only now emerging but who have already demonstrated remarkable promise.”

Ashley said he had not known that he was nominated for the award. "It was a huge surprise and honor."

Ashley is an actor, director and dramaturg. In addition to his work at the Alliance Theatre, where he has acted as dramaturg for 25 productions, he has also directed for Theatre Gael, Actors Express, Dad's Garage, Aurora Theatre, and others. As an actor, he has performed with Actor's Express and Theatre Gael. He has been called a consummate "actors' director" whose productions consistently exhibit profound attention to detail and extraordinary sensitivity. In 2004, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution named him one of the top five faces to watch in the Atlanta arts scene. In 2005, the Atlanta Sunday Paper named him one the area's top ten directors.

The Arts Encouragement Award includes a $10,000 grant which Ashley may use at his discretion.


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