18
Sep
12

Meet Ashley Zielinski, the actor playing Martha Bessell in Spring Awakening at Dominion Stage.

Ashley1 239x300 Meet Ashley Zielinski, the actor playing Martha Bessell in Spring Awakening at Dominion Stage.

Photo by Joe Tresh

Ashley is originally from New Jersey where she was an avid dancer before becoming active in community theater as a performer and choreographer, as well as a mentor for children’s theater. As a former wall flower, Ashley firmly believes in using the arts as a method for shy children and teens to find their voice.

“I got made fun of a lot in grade school and became painfully shy as a result. My first audition (Evita) was petrifying but totally worth it, everyone I met was so warm and welcoming. Getting involved with the theater community was extremely liberating for me and really allowed me to become comfortable in my own skin.”

Spring Awakening is one of Ashley’s favorite musicals, because of the show’s strong alt–rock sound and more importantly, the message it presents.

ashley1 199x300 Meet Ashley Zielinski, the actor playing Martha Bessell in Spring Awakening at Dominion Stage.

Photo by Joe Tresh


“While there are certainly fun and comedic elements to the show, at its heart Spring Awakening deals with a number of issues that are very pertinent today. I strongly encourage parents to come see and discuss this show with their teens.“

Ashley’s character, Martha suffers frequent abuse in her home and bears her burden in relative silence.

“Options were very limited for young people in Martha’s position. While we have a wealth of resources today, many victims cannot bring themselves to speak of their experiences. Never assume you know what someone has been through. If you or a loved one is a victim of any form of abuse please try to confide in someone you trust, be it a parent, teacher, or friend, and know that there are resources available to help.”

Ashley 239x300 Meet Ashley Zielinski, the actor playing Martha Bessell in Spring Awakening at Dominion Stage.

Photo by Joe Tresh


A directory of abuse hotlines can be found here: StopFamilyViolence.org



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