Hey there, folks! My name is Tyler Ashman (he/him/his), and I’m a rising senior in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public Policy and International Affairs, originally from Southern California. I’m a theater and music theater certificate student who mostly writes, acts, and produces — though I’ve dabbled in almost everything!
Though I started at the Lewis Center as a performer and a stage manager, I have since expanded to all sorts of theatrical opportunities at Princeton. I’ve been the President of the Playwright’s Guild, written a musical for PUP, fight choreographed for Theater Intime, worked with and produced pieces for Princeton Research Day, and even helped with the CJL play. Most importantly, I am the co-Head Writer for the Troupe Writers Workshop, which puts on two original sketch comedy shows every year. I have been passionate about making comedy accessible on campus for those with no experience, so definitely let me know if you’re interested in that!
Though my Princeton theater experience has been overwhelmingly positive, it wasn’t always that way. During my freshman year, I massively overcommitted and struggled to find my place in the community. Additionally, I faced unique challenges as an actively practicing person of faith. The theater community is very supportive of different backgrounds, but communicating religious conflicts (Shabbat, holy days, faith community gatherings, etc.) or experiencing uncomfortable situations that clash with your convictions can be difficult. My journey has challenged me to both rigorously manage my schedule to make space for my Christian faith and ask questions about the fine line between myself and the characters I play. Fortunately, I’ve gotten pretty good at advising people about all aspects of Princeton theater, so feel free to use me as a resource.
All this to say: If you’d like to chat about anything related to life, theater, classes, politics, faith, writing, or anything in between, I’m your guy. Welcome to Princeton - can’t wait to meet you soon!