Louisa Proske directs opera, classical theatre, and new plays with equal passion. She 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), Così fan tutte (LoftOpera), Don Giovanni, Carmen, Lucia di Lammermoor, Daphnis & Chloé, Miss Handel (all Heartbeat Opera), 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 Co-Artistic Director of Heartbeat Opera (“a radical endeavor” - The New Yorker, “pioneers” - The Wall Street Journal).
Theatre productions include 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 such prominent opera and theatre directors as 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 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.
More information about Louisa's teaching practice can be found on her faculty page at Maggie Flanigan Studio
Upcoming directing projects:
La Bohème (Pittsburgh Festival Opera, July 2018)
The White Devil (Red Bull Theater, Spring 2019)
Der Freischütz (Heartbeat Opera, Spring 2019)
Don Giovanni (Chamber Music North West, June 2019)