Heartbeat Opera consists of an ever-growing, ever-deepening company of artists. Our Associate Artists are frequent collaborators who have played essential roles in defining our company and creating our body of work. We recognize their extraordinary contributions and commitment. Associate Artists do not necessarily work on every Heartbeat project, but they do take an ongoing, active interest in our growth.
Chloe Treat // Choreographer
Chloe Treat (Choreographer) is a New York based director and choreographer. Born and raised in the great, if not occasionally problematic state of Texas; she directs and choreographs musicals, plays, operas, outdoor dance rituals and feminist westers. Chloe was the associate on Natasha Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 and choreographer of the American premiere of a Philip Glass opera as well as Santa Fe Opera’s (R)evolution of Steve Jobs. Chloe has choreographed three operas with Heartbeat; Daphnis and Chloe, Lucia di Lammermoor and Carmen. Between operas, Chloe is developing a storytelling workshop which aims to democratize the craft of storytelling.
Kristin Gornstein // Mezzo-Soprano
Mezzo-soprano Kristin Gornstein brings her “rich-voiced mezzo-soprano” and “lines of an uncannily silky legato” [New York Times] to work that ranges from traditional to edgy and imaginative. She makes her home in New York, often singing with new and innovative companies including Heartbeat Opera, On Site Opera, and Loft Opera. She was most recently lauded for her recent portrayal of Ramiro in Mozart’s La finta giardiniera in a co-production between On Site Opera and Atlanta Opera. Recent role debuts also include Angelina in Rossini’s La cenerentola with Salt Marsh Opera, and Paul in the world premiere of Kurt Vonnegut and Richard Clark’s Happy Birthday, Wanda June with Indianapolis Opera. Visit her at www.kristingornstein.com.
Emma Jaster // Movement Director
Emma Jaster (Movement Director) has spent her life in the study and practice of physical expression- spiritual, profane, ethereal, clown, musical, and silent. Her work has brought her to India, Italy, Poland, Taiwan, and France, choreographing for actors, singers, dancers, students, and puppets. She has been called a “splendid mover” (The Washington Post) and “a master of her craft” (Baratunde Thurston). She performed from childhood with her mime father, Mark Jaster and attended the Lecoq school for physical theatre in Paris. She is the founder of an international collective of artist mothers whose work can be found under #mamaisamaker. www.emmajaster.com @notapapercrane
Reid Thompson // Scenic Designer
Reid Thompson (Scenic Designer) is a Brooklyn-based scenic designer for plays, musicals, and opera. Set designs for Heartbeat Opera: Butterfly, Lucia Di Lammermoor, Dido & Aeneas, Kafka-Fragments, Daphnis & Chloe, Miss Handel and The Fairy Queen. Recent NYC design credits: Too Heavy For Your Pocket (Roundabout) Among The Dead and House Rules (Ma-Yi); Half Moon Bay (Lesser America); A Delicate Ship (Playwrights Realm); The Electric Baby (Fordham); Empathitrax (Colt Coeur); Tartuffe, The Love of The Nightingale (Atlantic Theater School); Dust Can’t Kill Me, Lisa and Leonardo (NYMF 2016). Recent regional: Speech and Debate (Barrington Stage); Too Heavy For Your Pocket (Alliance); Into The Woods (Princeton/McCarter); Lucretia (Stony Brook Opera); Erismena (Yale Baroque Opera); Little Shop of Horrors, The Homecoming, Bells Are Ringing (Berkshire Theater Festival); Disgraced (Asolo Rep); Fault (Theater Squared); Merrily We Roll Along (Yale Dramat); A Streetcar Named Desire (Yale Rep). Upcoming: Mad Forest & The Seagull (Columbia University); Up And Away (PCLO); Gloria (Asolo Rep). BFA: School of the Art Institute of Chicago; MFA: Yale School of Drama. Reid is a proud member of Wingspace and USA-829. www.reidthompsondesign.com
Beth Goldenberg // Costume Designer
Beth Goldenberg (Costume Designer) designs costumes for opera, theatre, music and multimedia performance. Collaborations with Heartbeat include Carmen, Lucia di Lammermoor, Kafka Fragments and Daphnis & Chloé. Other design credits include work with Glimmerglass, Juilliard, On Site Opera, Second Stage Theatre, The New Group, Red Bull Theater, Lesser America, Dallas Theatre Center, La Jolla Playhouse, Hartford Stage, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Asolo Repertory Theatre, Barrington Stage Co, the string quartet ETHEL, and the Ringling Museum, among others. She holds an MFA from New York University. www.bethgoldenbergdesign.com
John Taylor Ward // Bass-Baritone
John Taylor Ward’s (Bass-Baritone) performances have been praised for their “Stylish abandon” (Alex Ross, The New Yorker) and their “finely calibrated precision and heart-rending expressivity” (Washington Post). He is a frequent collaborator with Paul O’Dette, Stephen Stubbs, and the Boston Early Music Festival; William Christie and Les arts florissants; Sir John Elliott Gardiner and the English Baroque Soloists; the Grammy award-winning ensemble, Roomful of Teeth. Other credits include the U.S. premiere of Claude Vivier’s Kopernikus under the direction of Peter Sellars as well as appearances at the Salzburg and Berlin Festspieles, the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and the Edinburgh International Festival. Ward is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music and holds three advanced degrees from the Yale school of Music. He is a founding core member of Cantata Profana and is the founding associate artistic director of the Lakes Area Music Festival.
Jamilyn Manning-White // Soprano
Jamilyn Manning-White (Soprano), praised by The New Yorker as "agile and fiery", "vibrant and masterful" by Opera News, and "superb" by The New York Times, has recently been seen in Heartbeat Opera’s Lucia di Lammermoor, The Fairy Queen, Mozart in Space, La Voix Humaine, on the historic NY High Line with Heartbeat, and has been a proud ambassador since the company’s inception in 2014. Other credits include performances with Broadway’s A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Women’s Project, Glimmerglass Festival, Metropolitan Opera Guild, New York Festival of Song, Gotham Chamber Opera, Teatro Nacional de Santa Ana, Orlando Philharmonic, American Festival Chorus, Hartford Symphony, and the Bangor Symphony.
Oliver Wason // Lighting Designer
Oliver Wason (Lighting Designer) is thrilled to be a part of Heartbeat, having designed Carmen, Butterfly, Lucia di Lammermoor, Dido and Aeneas, Kafka Fragments, and Daphnis and Chloe, as well performances on the Highline and at National Sawdust. Recent designs include: Agrippina (Juilliard Opera); Peer Gynt and the Norwegian Hapa Band, Among the Dead (Ma-Yi); Sagittarius Ponderosa (NAATCO); Stones in his Pockets (Shanghai Dramatic Arts Center); Little Shop of Horrors, Bells Are Ringing, A Little Night Music (Berkshire Theater Festival); Wonderland (Atlantic); peerless (Yale Rep, Barrington Stage); Accidental Death of an Anarchist (Berkeley Rep, Yale Rep). Currently visiting faculty at Northeastern University. oliverwason.com
Beth Lauren // Development Associate
Beth Lauren has over 20 years of fundraising experience in non-profit and has logged almost as many years working in the entertainment industry as a writer, director, and producer. She was the Director of Development at both the National Council of Jewish Women NY and the National Comedy Center, and managed capital campaigns and fundraising events for a number of NYC-based non-profits. Beth wrote and produced the feature film Fairytale of New York and wrote, produced and directed several short films. Beth’s memoir, Reeling: Misadventures in Moviemaking, Money and Love will be published by Boulevard Books in early 2019.
Mary Weitzman // Marketing Director
Mary Weitzman is an arts marketing professional with over 25 years of experience with both visual and performing arts organizations in NYC, most recently at Wave Hill in the Bronx. She has overseen Webby-award winning website designs and social media campaigns. After the tragic events of September 11th, she served on the team working to rebuild Lower Manhattan, spearheading a $4.6M marketing campaign for the arts. For over a decade she sat on the Cultural Committee of NYC & Company as a liaison for the tourism industry. She holds a BFA in Painting from Boston University, and an MA in Arts Administration from Columbia University.
Aleba Gartner // Press Representative
Aleba & Co. is a New York City-based boutique public relations firm that specializes in adventurous arts and music programming. Since 1997 we have represented the full spectrum of classical, world and new music—artists, institutions and curators who both define and defy their categories.
Jon(athan) Key // Co-Graphic Designer
Jon(athan) Key is a Black Art Director, Designer and Writer. He is a graduate of RISD where he received his BFA in graphic design. He currently serves as a contributing art director to The Tenth Magazine a Black, queer arts and culture magazine. Jon is a co-founder and the design director of Codify Art, a Brooklyn-based multidisciplinary artist collective whose mission is to create, produce, and showcase work that foregrounds the voices of people of color. Together they are Morcos Key, a Brooklyn based design studio.
Wael Morcos // Co-Graphic Designer
Wael Morcos is a graphic designer and type designer from Lebanon. After receiving his MFA from RISD in 2013 he moved to New York where he worked with 2x4, MTWTF, Commercial Type and Base Design. Wael has been named Print Magazine’s 15 under 30 and was named a Young Gun by the Art Director’s Club.
Siobahn Sung // Social Media Manager
Siobahn Sung (soprano) enjoys a varied performance career, in which she engages in projects that are multiplanar and innovative. She is enthusiastic about stagecraft, storytelling, and congruence in theatre (which drew her to Heartbeat, with whom she made her debut in Butterfly last season). In addition, Siobahn is a co-artistic director of Murmur Waves Ensemble, an educator, and a consummate connector of people. She is thrilled to be joining Team Heartbeat as Social Media Manager, as she believes that audience involvement in technology is paramount to nurturing the future of all performing arts. Her favourite hashtag is #codpiece.