Assistant Professor of Theater and Performance
Primary Academic Program: Theater and Performance
Biography:Ashley Tata is a director and artist who makes multimedia works of theater, contemporary opera, performance, cyberformance, live music, and immersive experiences. Her work, described in the New York Times as “fervently inventive,” has been presented at venues and festivals throughout the United States and internationally, including the MIT Playwrights Lab, Theatre for a New Audience, Los Angeles Opera, Austin Opera, Miller Theater, Crossing the Line Festival, Holland Festival, Prelude Festival, National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing, and the Fisher Center at Bard. In 2020, she directed Out of the Silence: A Celebration of Music, a series of streamcast concerts for the Bard Music festival; a live online production of Caryl Churchill’s Mad Forest, a piece created with Bard undergraduates and a professional design team that subsequently transferred to the Theatre for a New Audience with student performers; and the live multicam streamcast of the four ceremonies that made up the College’s 160th Commencement weekend. She has served as a guest artist or guest teacher at the American Conservatory Theater, Columbia University, Mannes School of Music at The New School, and Harvard University, among others. She is a member of the Lincoln Center Theater’s Directors Lab, 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.
BA, Marymount Manhattan College; MFA Columbia University; also studied at American Musical and Dramatic Academy. At Bard since 2021.