Ethan Heard

Lecturer in Directing

Ethan Heard directs plays, musicals, and operas. As Founding Co-Artistic Director of Heartbeat Opera, he has directed Butterfly, Dido and Aeneas, Kafka-Fragments, The Seven Deadly Sins, and the drag extravaganzas Queens of the Night: Mozart in Space, Miss Handel, and The Fairy Queen. Other recent opera includes the world premieres of Orth and Campbell’s Empty the House (Curtis Institute of Music) and Cady, Siegel and Welch’s Sisyphus (Experiments in Opera); Erismena and L’Orfeo (Yale Baroque Opera Project), and L’incoronazione di Poppea (Princeton University). Recent musical theater includes Little Shop of Horrors, Bells Are Ringing, and A Little Night Music (Berkshire Theatre Group), the world premiere of Campbell and Michelson’s The Other Room (Inner Voices), Merrily We Roll Along (Yale Dramat), Sunday in the Park with George (Yale School of Drama), Into the Woods and The Producers (Princeton). He served as Resident Director of Jay Chou’s new jukebox musical The Secret in Beijing and Shanghai. Plays include: F Theory (NJ Rep), Partners (American Academy of Dramatic Arts), The Cat and the Canary (BTG), Lottie in the Late Afternoon and Julius Caesar (YSD), The Gay Ivy (Dixon Place), Iphigenia and Other Daughters and Proof (Santa Fe Theater Festival), Pullman WA and in a word (Williamstown Workshop). Ethan served as Artistic Director of Yale Cabaret, where he co-created Basement Hades and Trannequin and began the tradition of Yale School of Drag. He also teaches at Princeton University and The New School and is Resident Director of Cantata Profana. BA & MFA: Yale.