Ashley Bates was born in Bossier City, Louisiana on April 24, 1990. She grew up all over the country, but has lived most of her life in Panama City, Florida. She graduated from The Baptist College of Florida in 2014 with a B.A. in Psychology, and taught high school English for one year before deciding to pursue acting as a career. She has been in several theatre productions, including Shakespeare's "As You Like It" and "The Taming of the Shrew," and Rob Urbinati's "Death by Design." She is currently acting in "Dark of the Moon" by Howard Richardson and William Berney at the Kaleidoscope Theatre in Lynn Haven, FL.