ABOUT

Ashley Tata is a New York City-based director of new opera and multi-media performances. Recently: a semi-staged performance of excerpts from the new opera Turing by Eamonn Farrell and William Antoniou (National Sawdust, NYC); Cut Piece for Pants Suit — after Yoko Ono’s Cut Piece which was co-created/directed with JoAnne Akalaitis (Madison Square Park, NYC); the multi-media pop-up series “Out of Bounds” (PROTOTYPE Festival, NYC); Kate Soper’s Ipsa Dixit (EMPAC; Dixon Place, NYC) -- hailed by Alex Ross in the New Yorker as a "21st century masterpiece"; Molière's Don Juan at the Fisher Center at Bard College (NY); 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, Amsterdam, Beth Morrison Projects); the premieres of George Lam’s Dolly Parton-fan inspired opera Heartbreak Express (Rhymes with Opera, NYC); thingNY’s environmental opera This Takes Place Close By (Knockdown Center, NYC); Mojiao Wang's opera Encounter (National Centre for the Performing Arts, Beijing Modern Music Festival, Beijing, China); Lainie Fefferman’s oratorio Here I Am featuring Newspeak Ensemble and Va Vocals (Roulette, NYC); and Morningside Opera Company’s A Weimar Flute, incorporating texts of Weimar-era writers with Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte (Housing Works Bookstore, NYC). As an assistant and associate director she regularly works with Beth Morrison Projects and with 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, LAOpera at REDCAT and the Park Avenue Armory. She is an associate with Michael Counts on many of his live performance experiences and the Creative Director of Immersive Escape Productions where she devises environmental, multi-platform, immersive escape rooms and experiences including Paradiso: The Memory Room and The Path of Beatrice. Her work has taken her to Kiev, Ukraine for the International Bulgakov Theater Festival, to Poland to train at the Centre for Theatre Practices 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. She is the recipient of the Lotos Foundation's Emerging Artist Award in Arts and Sciences and the winner of the 2017 Robert L. B. Tobin Director/Designer grant for her team's design of Tom Cipullo’s Glory Denied. She received her BA in Theater Studies from Marymount Manhattan College, graduating Summa Cum Laude, and her MFA in Directing from Columbia University where she studied with Anne Bogart and Brian Kulick. In April her production of David T. Little’s Soldier Songs will be staged at Fargo Moorehead Opera. ashleytata.com