Louisa Proske brings her talent for creating vivid theatrical worlds, her raw passion and attention to detail to productions in opera, classical theatre and contemporary drama. She is the recipient of a 2018 Princess Grace Award and was chosen as the Musical America New Artist of the Month for May 2018. Opera productions include Agrippina (Lincoln Center Debut - Carnegie Hall/ Juilliard Vocal Arts), Don GiovanniCarmen, Lucia di LammermoorDaphnis & Chloé, Miss Handel (all Heartbeat Opera), La Bohème (Pittsburgh Festival Opera), Così fan tutte (LoftOpera), Falstaff (Dell’Arte Opera), Gianni Schicchi, Riders to the Sea, La Voix Humaine (Yale Opera); the world premiere of Invisible Cities at the Italian Academy New York; Nostalgia Kills You and ReAnimator Requiem (Experiments in Opera); Anthony Braxton’s Trillium J (as Associate Director). She is the proud Founding Co-Artistic Director of Heartbeat Opera (“a radical endeavor” - The New Yorker, “pioneers” - The Wall Street Journal).

Theatre productions include The White Devil (Red Bull Theater - NYTimes Critic’s Pick), peerless (nominated for a Berkshire Theatre Award for Outstanding Direction), Gaslight, This, Engagements (all Barrington Stage Company), One Day When We Were Young (Assembly, Edinburgh), Pinkalicious the Musical (Hangar Theatre, Ithaca), The Winstons (Juilliard School of Drama); Rum 'n Coca Cola in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, ‘Tis Pity She’s A Whore (The Tank), Cymbeline and As You Like It at Yale School of Drama, and a European tour of Macbeth. 

Louisa has assisted Willy Decker, Harry Kupfer and Robert Woodruff. Louisa’s translation of Fassbinder's film script In a Year with 13 Moons was presented at Yale Repertory Theatre, directed by Robert Woodruff and featuring Bill Camp. Louisa is a member of SDC, an alumna of the Drama League Director’s Project and the Soho Rep. Writer-Director Lab. She holds an MFA in Theatre Directing from Yale School of Drama, and a BA in English Literature from Cambridge University, UK. She is on faculty at Maggie Flanigan Studio teaching Shakespeare Acting and Script Analysis.

Louisa is represented by Guy Barzilay at Barzilay Artists.
Heartbeat Opera is represented by Opus 3 Artists.

photo by Russ Rowland

Upcoming directing projects: 
Don Giovanni (Chamber Music North West, June 2019)
Der Freischütz (Heartbeat Opera, December 2019)
The Mother of Us All (Metropolitan Museum Live Arts/ New York Philharmonic/ Juilliard Opera, February 2020)
Title to be Announced (Glimmerglass Festival Mainstage, Summer 2020)