Founded in 2021 by Ash Marinaccio with the mission of experimenting with documentary form and bringing together artists working across documentary genres for conversation and collaborations in live performance, Docbloc believes in the power of documentary storytelling and that solidarity is created when artistic movements are connected and collaborations are fostered.

Docbloc’s Vision and Goals:

 – to experiment with documentary form and bring together artists working across documentary genres in theatre, photography, film for conversation and collaborations in live performance

– to explore intersections between theatre, lived experiences, and journalism

– to build a community of multi-disciplinary artists working across documentary genres

– to create documentary work across platforms, in person and online

– to use multiple techniques to capture and tell stories in order to portray the complexities of lived experiences

– to work in partnership with communities in bringing live performance to spaces where it is not often used as a tool for activism



Founded in 2021 by multidisciplinary documentarian Ash
Marinaccio, Docbloc’s mission is to bring artists and communities working across documentary genres together for live performance collaborations.

Docbloc was formalized as a public humanities component of Ash’s Ph.D. dissertation research in the Theatre and Performance program at the CUNY Graduate Center and combines her decades worth of experience in multidisciplinary documentary work with her Ph.D. research investigating documentary theatre, theatre in war/conflict zones, and precarity. Elements from Ash’s dissertation research and other posts, photographs, and videos, related to documentary theatre, the creative development process and can be found at Docblog.

Docbloc’s first workshop, “Paterson,” about the heroin and opioid crisis on the Jersey Shore was produced in April 2021 in collaboration with NYU’s Verbatim Performance Lab and HB Studio in June 2021. Our first full production “20 Years Later,” will be streamed virtually in September 2021.

Docbloc’s Founder

Ash Marinaccio is multidisciplinary documentarian working in theatre, film, and photography. For her work, Ash has received a Lucille Lortel Visionary Award from the League of Professional Theatre Women, been listed as one of Culture Trip’s “50 Women in Theatre You Should Know”, a recipient of a Drama League Residency, a NY Public Humanities Fellow, and is a TED Speaker. Ash is the founding artistic director of the United Nations recognized NGO Project Girl Performance Collective (which rebranded to Girl Be Heard in 2011), a founding director of the theatre collective Co-Op Theatre East, and creator of the digital documentary series Stage Left, which is currently being screened in film festivals across the United States.