Ashley Gates Jansen is a theater artist and teacher at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts; she received her BFA in directing there. After receiving a Masters degree in Pastoral Counseling and being ordained by the Renewal of the Spirit Institute in 2002, Ash became a non-denominational “street minister” who goes wherever she is called. She is also a certified master life coach trained by Dr. Martha Beck and has extensive experience working with artists, addictions, mental illness, spiritual despair, and personal relationships. She is committed to helping others rediscover their inner divinity, grace, power, and wisdom. Ashley is married to a great guy and has two irreverent and marvelous children.