Ashley directed the new musical Memphis, which opened on Broadway in October 2009, receiving the Outer Critics Circle Award nomination for Outstanding Directorand Tony Award nomination, Best Direction of a Musical.
He previously directed the musical Xanadu (2007) on Broadway, as well as several other plays and musicals. He has directed many stage works off-Broadway, including Jeffrey (1992), for which he received the Lucille Lortel Award, Outstanding Director, and at the Manhattan Theatre Club.
- Leap of Faith (2012)
- Memphis (2009)
- Xanadu (2007)
- The 24 Hour Plays (2005) (Special Benefit):"That Other Person"
- All Shook Up (2005)
- The Smell of the Kill (2002)
- The Rocky Horror Show (2000) (Revival) Tony Award nomination
- Voices in the Dark (1999)
- Jackie (1997) (Production consultant)
- Off-Broadway (select)
- Blown Sideways Through Life written by Claudia Shear (1993 and 1994), also TV film 
- Jeffrey (1992 and 1993), also the film 
- Fires in the Mirror: Crown Heights, Brooklyn and Other Identities written by Anna Deveare Smith (1992) Lucille Lortel Award, Outstanding Director
- Communicating Doors written by Alan Ayckbourn (1998)
- Valhalla (2004) written by Paul Rudnick Lucille Lortel Award nomination, Outstanding Director
- LaJolla Playhouse broadway.com, April 10, 2007
- BiographyVariety, accessed June 22, 2009
- Gans, Andrew."Memphis, La Cage, Zeta-Jones, Finneran and More Are Outer Critics Circle Award Winners" playbill.com, May 17, 2010
- "Nominations, 2009-10" tonyawards.com, retrieved May 18, 2010
- "The Kennedy Center Sondheim Celebration" sondheimguide.com, retrieved May 18, 2010
- Internet Movie Database listing imdb.com