Stage director Louisa Proske is the recipient of a 2018 Princess Grace Award and was chosen as the Musical America New Artist of the Month for May 2018. She is the founding co-artistic director of Heartbeat Opera. Recent and upcoming opera productions include Virgil Thomson’s The Mother of Us All co-presented by the New York Philharmonic, MetLiveArts, and The Juilliard School; Handel’s Rinaldo at Glimmerglass Festival; Handel’s Agrippina, presented by Juilliard as part of Carnegie Hall’s La Serenissima festival; La Bohème Warhola at Pittsburgh Festival Opera; Mozart’s Così fan tutte at LoftOpera; Mozart’s Don Giovanni, Bizet’s Carmen, Donizetti’s Lucia di Lammermoor, Offenbach’s Daphnis et Chloé, and Miss Handel at Heartbeat Opera; Verdi’s Falstaff at dell’Arte Opera; Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, Vaughan Williams’s Riders to the Sea and Poulenc’s La Voix humaine at Yale Opera; the world premiere of Christopher Cerrone’s Invisible Cities at Columbia University’s Italian Academy; Jason Cady’s Nostalgia Kills You and Matthew Welch’s ReAnimator Requiem at Experiments in Opera; and Anthony Braxton’s Trillium J.
Ms. Proske’s recent theater productions include peerless, nominated for a Berkshire Theatre Award for Outstanding Direction; Gaslight, This, and Engagements at Barrington Stage Company; One Day When We Were Young at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival; Pinkalicious the Musical at Ithaca’s Hangar Theatre; The Winstons at Juilliard; Rum ʼn Coca Cola in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, and ʼTis Pity She’s A Whore at The Tank; Cymbeline and As You Like It at Yale School of Drama; and Macbeth in Europe.
Louisa Proske has assisted such prominent opera and theater directors as Willy Decker, Harry Kupfer, and Robert Woodruff. Her translation of Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s film script In a Year of 13 Moons was presented at Yale Repertory Theatre, directed by Mr. Woodruff and featuring Bill Camp. She is an alumna of the Drama League Director’s Project and the Soho Rep. Writer-Director Lab. She holds an MFA in theater directing from Yale School of Drama and a BA in English Literature from Cambridge University.