About

WHEATY ASH: Ashley Earles-Bennett

Photo by Dennis Ho.

Ashley-E-B-01I do not consider myself a photographer per se, but rather someone that just really enjoys the art of “capturing the moment.” I also enjoy writing short stories and script ideas. I am very happily married, have an awesome baby daughter, and am guardian to my two sisters. I love my dogs (and all dogs really) and vegan food! I encourage you to BE NICE to everyone. Contact me at wheatyash@gmail.com

Work
I am the Marketing Director at a dynamic theatre, Actor’s Express. Before that, I was the Director of Public Relations for the University of North Florida’s School of Music from 2007-2016. Prior to my appointment at UNF I was Creative Manager for a cell phone carrier whose duties included creating static and animated content (utilizing 3rd party celebrity, college sports, and artist materials) and managing a team that created and prepared content for distribution by major cell phone companies.

In addition, I served as Assistant to the Senior Vice President of Marketing for a major website firm, specializing in advertising materials for Web Acquisition Services, which included working with major clients to ensure a successful design solution. I specialize in a wide variety of design services and have won several awards including Employee of the Year Honoree.

Education
I graduated with honors from the University of North Florida with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications focusing on Advertising and Photography (as well as additional studies in Journalism) and continued my studies through UNF’s Post Baccalaureate Program in English/Literature. In 2008 I was awarded a UNF Grad Program Scholarship for “Excellent Scholarship” and received the same award in 2009. I earned a Master of Arts Degree in English (as a member of Sigma Tau Delta – International English Honor Society) in 2010.

In March 2014 I was accepted into NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development for a summer Studio Arts program. In 2015 I was accepted into, and attended, Yale University’s Writer’s Conference where I did workshops with American novelist, screenwriter, professor, playwright, and essayist Trey Ellis. I continued my studies through MOOC courses via HarvardX.

Works Featured
I have been published/highlighted by: Arbus Magazine, Folio Weekly, EU Magazine, Jacksonville.com, PHOTOJAX (2014), Rookie Magazine (tumblr), Perversion Magazine, Homoground (for my music videos for Four Families), The GA Voice, The Atlanta Journal Constitution, Crazy Dave’s Music Experience, Collective Con, DownBeat Magazine, Catapult Books (photo of author), the UNF Journal Magazine, Jacksonville Business Journal, and other.

News

* In August 2016 I began working as the Marketing Director at Actor’s Express theatre company.

* In March 2015 I was accepted into the Yale 2015 Yale Writers’ Conference. I attended in June 2015.

* In March 2014 I was accepted into NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development for a summer Studio Arts program.
(I didn’t attend due to cost.)

* I was also appointed as the official photographer for the Tallahassee Film Festival and Girls Rock Jacksonville. (Through 2016.)

Favorite Placed Traveled (So Far!)

* Paris, FRANCE
* London, ENGLAND
* Prague and Teplice, CZECH REPUBLIC
* Dresden, GERMANY
* Cape Town, SOUTH AFRICA
* New York, NEW YORK
* Oahu and the Big Island, HAWAII
* Hancock, VERMONT
* San Francisco, CALIFORNIA