Co-Artistic Directors: Louisa Proske & Ethan Heard
Louisa Proske brings her talent for creating vivid theatrical worlds, her raw passion and attention to detail to productions in opera, classical theatre and contemporary drama. She is the recipient of a 2018 Princess Grace Award and was chosen as the Musical America New Artist of the Month for May 2018. Opera productions include Agrippina (Lincoln Center Debut - Carnegie Hall/ Juilliard Vocal Arts), La Bohème Warhola (Pittsburgh Festival Opera), Così fan tutte (LoftOpera), Don Giovanni, Carmen, Lucia di Lammermoor, Daphnis & Chloé (all Heartbeat Opera), Falstaff (Dell’Arte Opera), Gianni Schicchi, Riders to the Sea, La Voix Humaine (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.
The White Devil (Red Bull Theater, Fall 2018)
Don Giovanni (Chamber Music North West, June 2019)
Der Freischütz (Heartbeat Opera, Fall 2019)
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 Butterfly, Dido & Aeneas, Kafka-Fragments, The Seven Deadly Sins, the drag extravaganzas All the World's a Drag!, Queens of the Night: Mozart in Space, Miss Handel, and The Fairy Queen, and a special appearance on the High Line. Other opera productions include the world premieres of Rene Orth and Mark Campbell’s Empty the House (Curtis Institute of Music) and Cady, Siegel and 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, A Little Night Music (Berkshire Theatre Group), the world premiere of Mark Campbell and Marisa Michelson’s The Other Room (Inner Voices), Sunday in the Park with George (Yale School of Drama), Merrily We Roll Along (Yale Dramat), Next to Normal and Into the Woods (Princeton). He also remounted Jay Chou's The Secret for John Rando and Broadway Asia in Shanghai.
Plays include: Middletown (The New School), Megan Loughran and Alex Trow's F Theory, Amelia Roper’s Lottie in the Late Afternoon, MJ Kaufman’s Eligible Receivers, and Julius Caesar (YSD), The Cat and the Canary (BTG), 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 Mel Marvin and Jonathan Levi’s Truth & Reconciliation. Ethan is a proud member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.
Upcoming: Stradella’s La Susanna, a co-production with Opera Lafayette, April-May, 2019.
Co-Music Director: Jacob Ashworth
Jacob Ashworth is the “impressive Artistic Director” (New York Times) of Heartbeat's sister company, the baroque and modern “crack ensemble” (New Yorker) Cantata Profana, which he founded in 2012 at the Yale School of Music. He has also been Co-Music Director of Heartbeat Opera since the beginning. As a violinist and conductor, Jacob has gained a reputation from early baroque to contemporary music as a consummate stylist and ingenious curator of music, receiving the CMA/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming in 2016 for his work with Cantata Profana. His performances have been called “exacting and sensitive” (Boston Globe), “richly detailed” (New York Times), and “a flat-out triumph” (Opera News). With Heartbeat, he has made a specialty of leading operas from the violin, "doing powerful work from the music stand" (Opernwelt). Jacob earned his doctorate from Yale under renowned violinist Ani Kavafian, and studied baroque violin with Robert Mealy as a member of the Yale Baroque Ensemble. Jacob has performed extensively on period instruments, including as concertmaster for Nicholas McGegan with Mark Morris Dance Group, and with Trinity Baroque Orchestra, Staunton Music Festival, Juilliard 415, Helicon Ensemble, and New York Baroque Incorporated. His album, “Hermestänze,” appears on MSR Records, and features cycles for solo violin by composer Susan Kander, played “expressively and knowingly throughout” (Gramophone).
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.
Managing Director: Amrita Vijayaraghavan
Amrita Vijayaraghavan is a singer, writer, producer, multi-instrumentalist, and armchair ethnomusicologist. In addition to her work in operations, finance, and business management, she frequently works as a technical and creative producer, and a production/stage manager. Her background is in events, festival production, artist management, and artistic planning.