ashley turba has been the fortunate collaborator of the writer Sibyl Kempson for many of her theatre plays.
a BMI member hailing from Philadelphia, PA and originally from Jacksonville, FL, she met sibyl while originating the role of Erin in Richard Maxwell’s Showy Lady Slipper at P.S. 122 in NY, NY, for which they toured Europe and began to conceive of little musicals. This begot a trilogy of early musicals including SPARGEL TIME!, Industrialisation und Die Fütür, and The Wytche of Problymm Plantation, which performed at Little Theatre at Tonic and Dixon Place, NY, NY. Flash forward ten years, and she is being reunited with Miss Kempson to collaborate on LET US NOW PRAISE SUSAN SONTAG, which has been workshopped at Duke University, Sarah Lawrence College, and is now premiering at Abrons Arts Center, NY, NY in April, 2015.
her pop-infused melodies are influenced by the 80’s, rush, polka, led zeppelin, joni mitchell, sheena easton to shania twain, with an occasional gregorian chant.
in the ten year gap between collaborations with Miss Kemspon, ashley was performing and becoming a proud AEA member and has been seen in regional theatre and new works at North Shore Music Theatre, Trinity Repertory Theatre, Society Hill Playhouse, and in her hometown at the Alhambra Theatre. she has worked one-on-one with composers George Stiles, Johnny Rodgers, Sue Fabisch, Pat Rasile, Kenneth Higney, and Jack Pearson.
she is also a singer and independent recording artist and can be heard on many recordings, including her solo EP Don’t Give Up, produced by Kenneth Higney and Jack Pearson in 2002, for which she wrote the following track, In God’s Hands.