Director, Writer, Executive Producer
Ashlei Shyne, is an LA-based comedy writer, actress, filmmaker and activist hailing from Dayton, Ohio. Go Buckeyes! This actress turned filmmaker, is best-known starring as Aaliyah Jones in her groundbreaking comedy series “#TMI”. As a writer, she is passionate about writing character-driven comedies centered around Black women and the LGBTQ+ community. Ashlei is a alumni of Amy Aniobi’s (Executive Producer of HBO’s Emmy-nominated comedy, “Insecure”) 2021 Tribe Writers’ Fellowship. Over the years she’s honed her comedic timing at the Upright Citizen’s Brigade, IO West and Second City LA. During her time studying improv. She founded Rainbow Bright Comedy: a BIPOC LGBTQ+ improv troupe.
As an activist Ashlei serves on the board of Still Bisexual, and on the #Out4MentalHealth San Fernando Valley Task Force. She has served on the Community Engagement Committee for the Human Rights Campaign Los Angeles. As well as the 2018 & 2019 planning committee that brought the world’s first city-sponsored Bi Pride to the city of West Hollywood. Ashlei’s love for community and visibility has helped her create programs like Sacred Space: A Black LGBTQ+ Wellness Event, which centers around providing a safe space where Black LGBTQ+ members can receive healing from other Black LGBTQ+ wellness practitioners. Bi Visibility in Film, a one-day film festival that celebrates Bi+ stories and storytellers.
Ashlei’s past time is spent traveling, Googling useless information, and tending to her forty-plus plant children.