Ashlin Halfnight is an award-winning writer for theater, film, and television. Ashlin is also a former professional hockey player, drafted by the NHL's Hartford Whalers and signed by the Carolina Hurricanes . He played in two World Junior Championships and captained the 1997 Harvard varsity hockey team.
Ashlin, a former schoolmate of Varsity Hockey Coach Andrew Will, spoke to students about knowing your self and your role within a community. Solely focused on hockey for much of his early years, Ashlin had no idea what opportunities lay beyond the ice, but by doing a little searching within and exploring the rewards of self-reflection Ashlin discovered a life that far exceeds his once single-minded goal of winning a game. He encouraged the boys to think beyond "the win" and to be open to passions that carry long-term satisfaction.
Ashlin's recent credits include the Emmy-Award-winning Netflix show, Bloodline, the feature film, Commencement, a coming-of-age thriller currently in post-production in Canada, and The Resting Place, which will have its world premiere at The Magic Theater in San Francisco in October 2018. He is a Fulbright scholar, was the 2006 artist in residence at the National Theater of Hungary, and holds an MFA in playwriting from Columbia University.