Interim Artistic Director
Ashley Naftule is a writer, performance artist and native-born Phoenician. He co-created Space 55’s “Hollis’s Traveling Treehouse” series, and is the coordinator behind the theater’s “7 Minutes in Heaven” and “9 Muses” shows. He’s acted in “Night of the Chicken 3”, “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”, “King Lear”, “Dragons Harder” & “Monsters, Mutants & Other Tales of Love”. He’s been published in Four Chambers Press and the Phoenix New Times, he organizes the Trunk Space’s annual H.P. Lovecraft Birthday Party and won 3rd place in FilmBar’s 2014 Air Sex championship. He also does all the chalk artwork at Space 55.
Dennis Frederick started his involvement with Space 55 in 2011 after seeing a show rekindled his love of theatre and performance. He has since grown to work behind the scenes as Technical Director but enjoys getting to play on stage as well. Some recent credits include Dr. Bendo in the recurring series Captain Jack’s Space Attack, Ed Huddle in Dragons Harder: The Dark Matter and the voice of Father Time in Resolutions. Dennis is also a member of the Space 55 Writer’s Group and has written and performed in various solo performance pieces and skits for the 7 Minutes series, Down-Lo Solo and Heyre Be Dragons. He derives a great deal of pleasure seeing any artistic vision come to fruition and is elated to call Space 55 his home base of operations.
Marcella Grassa was most recently seen in FrogWoman and On the Verge with B3 Theater. Some of her other previous performances include The First Annual Bookburners Convention, Country Blue Saloon, Ear, Blue Galaxy, Sexual Perversity in Chicago, and Marisol at Space 55, and the ASU Gammage production Open House by Aaron Landsman. She is an ensemble member of Space 55 Theatre and The [SIC] Sense Sketch Comedy Troupe. She is also a member of a local tap dance troupe and is a certified yoga instructor.
Megan is an actor, director, and singer who has found many opportunities to grow as an artist at Space 55 since 2015. Some performances at Space 55 include Fran in The Power of Punctuation, Honey in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, the solo performer in Medea Redux, and Danny in Sexual Perversity in Chicago. Megan also had her directorial debut with Duck Variations at Space 55. Other favorite acting roles include the titular roles in Agnes of God and Sylvia with Compass Players and the solo performer in The Masque of the Red Death at Poefest with Arizona Curriculum Theater, Inc. She is a Phoenix native and enjoys creating costumes and building special props in addition to acting.