Angela Astle is the proud creator and producer of Athena Project and is continually excited by the synergy it creates. Angela made her New York directorial debut Spring 2008 with Retro Productions’ Mill Fire (nominated for five NYITA awards). One year later, she was the Director of Flux Theatre Ensemble’s critically acclaimed Pretty Theft, written by Adam Szymkowicz, which received a very favorable New York Times review. In New York, she directed numerous never-produced-before plays at Manhattan Theatre Source, The Workshop Theatre, Peter Jay Sharp Theatre/ Playwrights Horizons, and Off Broadway at Theatre 80. She also has directed and produced three shows in three different festivals in New York in addition to working as a Venue Manager and Script Reader for the New York International Fringe Festival (2007 & 2008). Upon returning to Denver in Spring of 2010, Angela began talking to other female artists about creating a female focused arts festival and Athena Project was born.

Angela’s favorite Denver directing credits include A View From the Bridge (Edge Theatre), The Laramie Project (Evergreen Players), and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (Edge Theatre) for which she won an Edgy and Marlowe Best Director award.  In addition, she has produced 2 other festivals celebrating the work of local playwrights and numerous staged readings.  She has enjoyed developing new plays for the past 10 years. Angela is an alumni of University of Colorado at Denver with a degree in Business and Theatre and a proud member of the 2009 Lincoln Center Directors Lab. She is also the mom to two beautiful and smart children, Brooklyn (age 6) and Jonathan (age 2) and the wife of Jason Astle, the most supportive husband ever for 11 years!