ABOUT

Ashley Tata is a director of new opera, devised, environmental performances, original works of theater and stagings of the classics. These include Molière's Don Juan at the Fisher Center at Bard College; the premieres of George Lam’s Dolly Parton-fan inspired opera Heartbreak Express (Rhymes with Opera); thingNY’s opera This Takes Place Close By (Knockdown Center); Mojiao Wang's opera Encounter (National Centre for the Performing Arts, Beijing Modern Music Festival); Lainie Fefferman’s oratorio Here I Am featuring Newspeak Ensemble and Va Vocals (Roulette); Morningside Opera Company’s A Weimar Flute, incorporating texts of Weimar-era writers with Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte (Housing Works Bookstore); and a multi-media concert staging of David T. Little’s opera Soldier Songs with video by filmmaker Bill Morrison (Atlas Theatre, DC and The Holland Festival, Beth Morrison Projects). As an assistant she works with Beth Morrison Projects and directors Robert Woodruff, Jay Scheib, Daniel Fish and JoAnne Akalaitis in such venues as the Brooklyn Academy of Music, The Lincoln Center Theater Festival, Spoleto Festival, USA, Fort Worth Opera and LAOpera. Her work has taken her to Kiev, Ukraine for the International Bulgakov Theater Festival, to Poland to train at the Centre for Theatre Practice Gardzienice, to Prague to create a piece of environmental theater at the 2011 Quadrennial and to Berlin to conduct research for her MFA thesis production of Bertolt Brecht’s The Good Person of Szechwan. In 2007 she founded Enthuse Theater & Co. as a platform to create her own work. In addition to producing plays by emerging playwright Samara Weiss, the company of performers and designers have created a series of immersive, site-specific, devised works through the occupation of abandoned locations around the US: an abandoned farm in Maine and a former auto-shop in New Orleans. Entitled The Decay of Cities, the pieces examine cultural, structural and social decay in contemporary American society. Starting in 2012 she has been working almost exclusively in the world of New Music Opera creating multi-media works of music-theater that have been seen in theaters as far-flung as the Muziekgebouw in Amsterdam and the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing, China. She is the recipient of the Lotos Foundation's Emerging Artist Award in Arts and Sciences. She received her BA in Theater Studies from Marymount Manhattan College and MFA in Directing from Columbia University where she studied with Anne Bogart and Brian Kulick.