Ashley Tata is a New York-based director of contemporary opera, multi-media performances and immersive experiences.
Her work has been seen in venues and festivals throughout the U.S. and internationally including National Sawdust, The Kitchen, EMPAC, Dixon Place, HERE Arts Center, PROTOTYPE Festival, The Crossing the Line Festival, the Holland Festival, The National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing, Fargo-Moorhead Opera, and the Richard B. Fisher Center at Bard College. In the 2018/19 season, her production of Kate Soper's Ipsa Dixit will be presented at the Miller Theater as part of their Composer Portrait series, she will be the director in residence at Harvard University where she will develop a new work, she will stage the NYC premiere of Huang Ruo's opera Bound with Fresh Squeezed Opera and her staging of David T. Little's Soldier Songs will be presented with Opera ATX, Austin Opera. The LA Opera Off Grand presentation of Soldier Songs at the Ford Theatres in 2018 represents her fourth time working with LA Opera, having previously assisted Robert Woodruff on David T. Little and Royce Vavrek's Dog Days (2015), Daniel Fish on Ted Hearne and Mark Doten's The Source (2016) and was associate director to Jay Scheib on Keeril Makan and Scheib's Persona (2017). She earned her MFA at Columbia University and has taught at Marymount Manhattan College, Colgate College, Bard College, LIU Post and NYU. She is the recipient of the Lotos Foundation's Emerging Artist Award in Arts and Sciences and a winner of the 2017 Robert L. B. Tobin Director/Designer grant.