Ashley Tata is a freelance director of new opera and multi-media performance and the Creative Director of Immersive Escape Productions where she devises environmental and immersive experiences. Recently: the multi-channel-video, immersive escape room, Paradiso: The Memory Room; the multi-media pop-up series “Out of Bounds” (PROTOTYPE Festival); Kate Soper’s Ipsa Dixit (EMPAC; Dixon Place) -- hailed by Alex Ross in the New Yorker as a "21st century masterpiece"; Molière's Don Juan at the Fisher Center at Bard College; 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); 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, Beijing, China); Lainie Fefferman’s oratorio Here I Am featuring Newspeak Ensemble and Va Vocals (Roulette); and Morningside Opera Company’s A Weimar Flute, incorporating texts of Weimar-era writers with Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte (Housing Works Bookstore). As an assistant she regularly 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. 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.