Hi, I'm Ashley.
Actor | Musician | Comedian
Ashley Rapuano is a Los Angeles & Las Vegas based actor. She graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas for Stage and Screen Acting. While in Las Vegas, she also studied at Vegas Theatre Hub, studying in their improv, clown, and solo show programs. She was also involved in several shows, such as Cirque Du Soleil & Nevada Ballet Theatre's Laberiñto and Nevada Conservatory Theatre's subUrbia. She also did many staged shows in various theaters in Las Vegas.
After graduating, she moved to New York City, where she studied at Upright Citizen's Brigade, The People's Improv Theatre, and HB Studios - all while doing stand-up and various sketch and improv comedy shows several nights a week in the city. Her solo show about her grandmother with Dementia, Lessons With Lola, premiered in New York. She also did several television shows, web-series, and staged plays all over the city.
Ashley now resides in Los Angeles. She is currently studying at Upright Citizen's Brigade. She's studied with Giovanni Ortega at East West Players - an Asian American theatre organization where she developed another solo show - From Inday to Asawa, Kenzo Lee's Actor's Therapy, and a ton additional, and is currently one of the co-facilitators for Filipinx Actors Barkada. She continues to do all kinds of comedy, create short films, and more.
Ashley is also a regular voiceover actor for Arcade Cloud and Gamenesia, animated gaming parody Youtube channels with a large following.
Ashley also is part of the Las Vegas indie rock duo Take The Skies - playing drums, singing, and guitar. They released their first single in 2021. She is happily engaged to Jared Sanchez, who is also their music producer.
She also works for Tremendous Communications, a marketing and PR agency dedicated to celebrating Asian Americans in entertainment.
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'FROM INDAY TO ASAWA' is a solo show written and performed by Ashley Rapuano, in development with East West Players for The Body Series by Giovanni Ortega.
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 Lily Sanchez, Ashley's grandmother. Written about true events and situations, the production covers topics such as Dementia, Filipino culture and traditions, arranged marriages, and much more.
A story written with love about love.
"Laughter is not our medicine. Stories hold our cure. Laughter is just the honey that sweetens the bitter medicine."
“The role of the artist is to make the revolution irresistible.”
-Toni Cade Bambara
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.