Director / Writer
Ashlin Halfnight is an award-winning playwright, screenwriter, director, and producer. He is a Fulbright Scholar, Howard Stein Playwriting Fellow, and was an artist in residence at the National Theater of Hungary. Recently, he wrote and directed Maybe There’s A Tree, a comedic feature starring Colin Mochrie and Creed Bratton, and penned the screenplay for the post-apocalyptic drama Astraea, with Dan O’Brien of NBC’s Whitney, both of which are currently in post-production.
In 2012, he adapted his award-winning play Diving Normal for the screen; it was produced later that year with Sandra Bernhard and Tonye Patano. The film became a “must see” at the Dallas International Film Festival, and was awarded both Best Feature and Best Actress at the Beverly Hills Film Festival.
His short films include Dead Hairy Hipster, Upstate In April, and the upcoming The Crack in Everything. His television pilot Academy, about the dark underbelly of a Canadian prep school, was produced in Toronto in June of 2014. Ashlin’s plays have been seen across the United States and Canada, as well as in Europe, and The New York Times has called him a “gifted young playwright… deliriously imaginative,” with “an ear for the inarticulate angst of young people stuck in limbo.”
A former professional hockey player, Ashlin holds an honors BA in English and American Literature from Harvard University and an MFA in playwriting from Columbia’s School of the Arts. He has lectured, taught or been on faculty at St. Andrew’s College, The Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute, New York Conservatory of Dramatic Arts, The Studio New York, The Actor’s Studio, and Brooklyn College’s MFA program.
He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and son, and is currently at work on a feature film This Time of Year, expected to shoot in the summer of 2015, in Great Barrington, Massachusetts.