AshleyRose is the founder of the Somerset Shakespeare Company—sponsored by Somerset Community College in Somerset, Kentucky. The program seeks to bring arts opportunities to an under-served area in Appalachia. For many of these young actors it’s the only opportunity to participate in the arts they get all year.
Every summer, casting only local kids aged 11-18, they produce an hour-long cut of a Shakespearean play. In one week the directors and actors go from auditions and casting to a full, off-book production with complete costumes and sets. They have produced A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Macbeth, and Romeo & Juliet, among others.