Actor | Comedian | Fan of Sharks

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Ashley Rapuano (she/her/hers) is an actor and comedian based on the West Coast. With compassion and charisma, she transforms people's perspectives by taking them on an adventure within themselves, others, and the world. She recently moved from New York City, where she wrote and produced her one woman show "Lessons With Lola" about her Filipino grandmother with Dementia, studied and performed comedy at The People's Improv Theater and Upright Citizens Brigade, studied at HB Studio, and starred in several films currently in festival submission.

Most recently, you can catch her on "Homicide City" (click to watch) and "In Pursuit with John Walsh" on the Investigation Discovery channel.

If not on screen or doing comedy, Ashley can be found practicing Muay Thai, yoga, meditation, playing guitar, or planning her next adventure. Ashley identifies as Mestiza Filipino, with her mother being from Cebu City, Philippines and her father being Mediterranean. She speaks conversational Spanish and is learning Tagalog & Bisaya. She has a bachelor's degree in Stage and Screen Acting from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and frequently spends time in Las Vegas, where she is originally from. She strongly believes in using art to amplify voices and create change.

"A lively and engaging presence on camera, a great comic sense, authenticity and warmth." -HB Studios Faculty Panel

PRESS, INTERVIEWS, ETC, click the links below!

Medium's Rising Stars

Eccentric Artists Featured Artist Journal Entry

More interviews, live performances, stand up, etc are available (at by request.

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The Glick Agency

Theatrical Representation

Barbara Pollans


GS Entertainment Management


Todd Zeller

323-860-0270 Ext. 19


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Lessons With Lola

Lessons With Lola is a comedic drama written, produced, and performed by Ashley Rapuano with direction and dramaturgy by Kerry Ipema. The show premiered at the 2018 People's Improv Theater Solocom Festival (NYC) and has done several runs since.

The story is about Lilia Sanchez (Lily), Ashley's grandmother. Written about true events and situations, the production covers topics such as Dementia, Filipino culture and traditions, arranged marriages/mail order brides, domestic abuse, and much more.

LESSONS WITH LOLA tells the story of Lily, a Filipino grandmother living with her daughter's family in the United States. It documents a slice of what families encounter on a daily basis when living with a loved one who suffers from Dementia. Combined with family style love and advice, an evening with Lola is just what you never expected you needed.

A story written with love about love.

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"Laughter is not our medicine. Stories hold our cure. Laughter is just the honey that sweetens the bitter medicine." 
-Hannah Gadsby

“The role of the artist is to make the revolution irresistible.”

-Toni Cade Bambara

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Land Acknowledgement

Honoring Native Lands

Ashley Rapuano recognizes that she is based on the unceded land of the Southern Paiutes, descendants of the Tudinu, or Desert People,  who have lived along the Colorado River since 1100 A.D. and extended north and west into the areas known today as Southern Nevada, Utah, and California. Ashley also recognizes that she has, and continues to, benefit from the use of Southern Paiute land.  

If you want to know more about the Las Vegas Paiute Tribe visit their website here.

Ashley acknowledges that she is on the traditional land of the Tongva People. For thousands of years, the Tongva people lived on this land we occupy today, and were considered the most powerful indigenous peoples to inhabit the Los Angeles basin. Along with the Tongva, we also recognize the Chumash, Tataviam, Serrano, Cahuilla, Juaneno, and Luiseno People, for the land that Ashley also occupies around Southern California. We pay respects to their elders past and present. Please take a moment to consider the many legacies of violence, displacement, migration, and settlement that bring us here today. 

For more information on land acknowledgements click here.