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Wayne Ashley is the Founding Executive Producer of FuturePerfect Productions, a New York-based interdisciplinary production company focused on the intersection of live performance, media, visual art and technology. The former Director of Arts in Multimedia at Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), Ashley founded the company in 2009 in order to develop large-scale works through close and often long-term relationships with some of today’s most interesting artists, scientists, researchers and organizations.  Ashley generates and supports new directions in performance and visual culture through commissions, touring, consulting, project management, residencies, presentations and conferences. In his capacity as Executive Producer, Ashley has initiated and sustained compelling projects with choreographers, statisticians, aquatic acoustic specialists, theater directors, playwrights, software developers, computational biologists, musicians, video game designers and roboticists, to name a few. These encounters have given access to completely different conceptual tools, audiences, spaces and funding structures. Some of these projects have included: Kurt Hentschlager’s immersive fog, strobe and pulse light installation ZEE, a 20-minute work that took place mostly in the mind and caused  viewers to hallucinate and experience what Ashley calls “dramaturges of the brain.” The Norwegian performance collective Verdensteatret’s And All the Questions Marks Started to Sing—an “animation machine” comprised of kinetic and electromechanical objects that combined images, sculptures, text, sound, bodies and video into deeply poetic compositions. The experimental theater company Elevator Repair Service’s performance installation Shuffle—staged in one of the periodical rooms of the New York Public Library—featured company members performing algorithmically generated dramatic texts produced on-the-fly every 20 minutes from a computer database containing novels by F. Scott Fitzgerald, William Faulkner and Ernest Hemingway. Presently Ashley is collaborating with French theater director Jean Lambert-wild on his new adaptation of Richard III for two actors and real-time animations; and is the international producer of AquaSonic, an evening-length musical concert for liquid space by the Danish ensemble Between Music.