Catherine Aselford

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Catherine Aselford began her career performing in Bus Stop at the Source in 1982, graduating with a B.F.A. from Catholic University two years later. She has acted or directed at Horizons Theatre; Cherry Red Productions; The Shakespeare Theatre; Adventure Theatre; The Center Company; New Works Theatre; Washington Theatre Wing; Notorious Women Productions; and now Guillotine Theatre, of which she is Artistic Director. She has appeared in John Waters' A DIRTY SHAME, Cherry Red's silent movie TRAPPED BY THE MORMONS (Google it -- it's real!), West Wing, Unsolved Mysteries, America's Most Wanted and numerous television commercials. Plays she has directed for The Georgetown Theatre Company include John Middleton's The Changeling, Milan Kundera's Jacques and His Master, Carlo Goldoni's The Servant of Two Masters and John Morogiello's BUSHWA, Jack the Ticket Ripper, and Gianni Schicchi. She has directed or produced at least one Capital Fringe Festival show each year from 2006-2018.

Catherine has taught drama classes and arts camps for Arlington, Fairfax, and Prince George’s Counties and for the D.C. Department of Recreation. From 2000 to 2007, Catherine ran It’s Elementary Summer Theatre Camp. She has taught afterschool or Saturday classes at the Kennedy Center Programs for Children and Youth, Washington International School, and the JCC of Greater Washington. Between theatre jobs, Catherine serves as an assistant classroom teacher (and occasional substitute) in several Northern Virginia school districts.

Catherine has worked as an arts administrator in the non-profit arts field since 1986. She has developed many public programs, including the annual D.C. SWAN (Support Women Artists Now) Day (2008-2017), seven weeks of public performances and events for the 2010 Montgomery County MD The Big Read, and several D.C. Banned Book Week Read-Outs.

Catherine's community service includes recruiting, training and coordinating dozens of volunteers to raise money for the homeless through Taste of Georgetown; serving on the Arlington Public Schools Advisory Committee on Curriculum; serving on the Board of The Actors' Center and managing their Saturday Morning Workshop Series; serving on the Board of Artomatic, serving on the Arlington Commission for the Arts, and volunteering with school and youth groups in D.C., MD and VA.