Ashembaga Jaafaru studied Theatre Arts and English at Hamline University. She is completing a year of service as an AmeriCorps Promise Fellow and will soon join the Great River Shakespeare Apprentice Company (Winona, MN) in May. Her past credits include: various plays at Hamline University, Making Waves: Hamline University Social Justice Theatre Troupe, Penumbra Theatre (Summer Institute), Eugene O’Neill Center (National Theatre Institute), and MN Fringe Festival productions.
Ashe is an avid learner and enjoys playwrighting, acting and directing. Some of her favorite methodologies for theatre stem from the techniques/practices of Augusto Boal and Paulo Freire with pedagogy and theatre of the oppressed. She strongly believes in art for social change and the power of what the stage can do for people. Her goals for the future are to continue to cultivate her craft as an actor and pursue grad school, to continue to be involved with youth teaching theatre, and to be an actor for a theatre company.