Co-Artistic Directors: Louisa Proske & Ethan Heard
Louisa Proske directs opera, classical theatre, and new plays with equal passion. Opera productions include Agrippina (Juilliard Opera, Lincoln Center Debut), Così fan tutte (Loft Opera), Carmen, Lucia di Lammermoor, Daphnis & Chloé, Miss Handel (Heartbeat Opera), Falstaff (Dell’Arte Opera), Gianni Schicchi, Riders to the Sea, La Voix Humaine (all Yale Opera); the world premiere of Invisible Cities at the Italian Academy New York; Nostalgia Kills You and ReAnimator Requiem (Experiments in Opera); Anthony Braxton’s Trillium J (as Associate Director). She is the proud Founding Co-Artistic Director of Heartbeat Opera.
Theatre productions include Gaslight, This, peerless (nominated for Berkshire Theatre Award for Outstanding Direction) and Engagements (all Barrington Stage Company), One Day When We Were Young (Assembly, Edinburgh), Pinkalicious the Musical (Hangar Theatre, Ithaca), The Winstons (Juilliard School of Drama); Rum 'n Coca Cola in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, ‘Tis Pity She’s A Whore (The Tank), Cymbeline and As You Like It at Yale School of Drama, and a European tour of Macbeth.
Louisa has assisted such prominent opera and theatre directors as Willy Decker, Harry Kupfer and Robert Woodruff. Louisa’s translation of Fassbinder's film script In a Year with 13 Moons was presented at Yale Repertory Theatre, directed by Robert Woodruff and featuring Bill Camp and Joan Macintosh. Louisa is an alumna of the Drama League Director’s Project and the Soho Rep. Writer-Director Lab. She is also on faculty at Maggie Flanigan Studio teaching Shakespeare Acting and Script Analysis.
Don Giovanni (Heartbeat Opera, May 2018)
La Bohème (Pittsburgh Festival Opera, July 2018)
The White Devil (Red Bull Theater, Fall 2018)
Ethan Heard directs plays, musicals, and opera, ranging from new work to Shakespeare, Sondheim to Monteverdi. Ethan is Founding Co-Artistic Director of Heartbeat Opera and Resident Director of Cantata Profana. He also teaches acting and directing at Yale School of Drama, Yale Institute of Sacred Music, and Princeton University.
With Heartbeat, Ethan has directed Dido & Aeneas, Kafka-Fragments, The Seven Deadly Sins, and the drag extravaganzas Miss Handel and The Fairy Queen. Other opera productions include the world premieres of Rene Orth and Mark Campbell’s Empty the House (Curtis Institute of Music) and Jason Cady, Aaron Siegel and Matthew Welch’s Sisyphus (Experiments in Opera), Erismena and L’Orfeo (Yale Baroque Opera Project), L’incoronazione di Poppea (Princeton University), and Pierrot Lunaire (Yale Cabaret).
Recent musical theater includes: Little Shop of Horrors, Bells Are Ringing starring Kate Baldwin and Graham Rowat, A Little Night Music starring Kate Baldwin, Gregg Edelman, and Phillipa Soo (Berkshire Theatre Group), the world premiere of Mark Campbell and Marisa Michelson’s The Other Room starring Phoebe Strole (Inner Voices), Sunday in the Park with George (Yale School of Drama), Merrily We Roll Along (Yale Dramat), and The Producers (Princeton).
Plays include: Amelia Roper’s Lottie in the Late Afternoon, MJ Kaufman’s Eligible Receivers, and Julius Caesar (YSD), The Cat and the Canary (BTF), The Gay Ivy (Dixon Place), Ellen McLaughlin's Iphigenia and Other Daughters and Proof (Santa Fe Theater Festival), Young Jean Lee's Pullman WA, and Lauren Yee’s in a word (Williamstown Workshop).
While earning his MFA at Yale School of Drama, Ethan served as Artistic Director of Yale Cabaret, where he co-created Basement Hades (with original music by Daniel Schlosberg) and Trannequin (a musical about a transgender mannequin). He received his BA in Theater Studies from Yale College and won the Sledge Prize for Performing Arts. He toured the world with the Yale Whiffenpoofs, singing more than 200 concerts in 25 countries. He has assisted directors Thomas Kail, Nicholas Martin, Steve Cosson, Mark Brokaw, and Annette Jolles.
He is currently developing Marisa Michelson's Desire & Divinity Project and Megan Loughran and Alex Trow's F Theory. Ethan is a proud member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.
Co-Music Director: Jacob Ashworth
As violinist, conductor, and Artistic Director of the vocal and instrumental chamber ensemble Cantata Profana, and as Co-Music Director of Heartbeat Opera, Jacob Ashworth brings his passion for collaboration to every style of classical music. Praised as a baroque violinist by the NY Times for his “diligent attention to period style” and hailed by the Boston Globe for his “exacting and sensitive” interpretations of modern works, Jacob enjoys a richly varied performing life, from recitals of classics and commissions with duo partner pianist Lee Dionne to staged productions of Schoenberg's Pierrot Lunaire and Kurtag’s Kafka-Fragments (the latter called "a flat-out triumph for its two fearless performers" by Opera News), leading period instrument ensembles, and conducting baroque and modern operas.
Co-Music Director: Daniel Schlosberg
The music of composer and pianist Daniel Schlosberg has been performed by the the Dover Quartet, Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, Buffalo Philharmonic, Amphion Quartet, Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, Antico Moderno, and Lorelei Ensemble, at such venues as Carnegie Hall (New York), Victoria & Albert Museum (London), St. John’s Cathedral (Hong Kong), and Melbourne Recital Centre (Melbourne). Recent work includes the score for a music-theatrical adaptation of Lorca’s Once Five Years Pass at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, and music direction of Brecht’s Caucasian Chalk Circle at the Yale Repertory Theatre, where he premiered a score by David Lang. He cofounded the composer/performer ensemble INVISIBLE ANATOMY, which debuted last spring with concerts in New York City and at the Beijing Modern Music Festival. Schlosberg received a 2014 Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and 2014 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Yale University and a master’s from the Yale School of Music. His work has been described as “witty” by the Wall Street Journal.
Producing Director: Jennifer Newman
A New York based theatre-maker Jennifer has worked with Franco Dragone, Julie Taymor, Donald Byrd, David Rousseve, Ronald K. Brown, Michael Jackson, The Radio City Rockettes, and has performed on Broadway in Saturday Night Fever and Disney’s The Lion King. As a director and choreographer her theatre work includes: Three Women, by Patterson, Loring, and Zainabu; The Children, by Phillip Howze; Bull Rusher, by Eisa Davis; Woman Bomb, by Ivana Sajko; and October in the Chair, adapted from short stories by Neil Gaiman.
Having studied at the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center and The American Dance Festival she holds a BA in Dance from UCLA and an MFA from the Yale School of Drama. Jennifer has been an artist in residence at The Field, Mabou Mines, Baryshnikov Arts Center, and 651 Arts, and Sisters Academy.
As a teaching artist, Jennifer has taught workshops across the United States as well as in Sweden, South Africa, China, and Mexico. Her class focuses on classical and modern technique with an emphasis on performance and expression with a specialization in helping students to create personal work inspired by individual experiences. She is currently on faculty at Central Connecticut State University.