Ethan Heard

Originally from Washington, DC and now based in New York City, Ethan Heard is a director of plays, musicals, and opera. He is Founding Co-Artistic Director of Heartbeat Opera, a new company that re-imagines classics and distills them to their essence. Most recently, he directed Sondheim and Wheeler’s A Little Night Music at Berkshire Theatre Festival starring Kate Baldwin, Gregg Edelman, and Penny Fuller; directed a workshop of Weill’s The Seven Deadly Sins (Heartbeat); and assisted writer/director Steve Cosson on The Civilians’ The Great Immensity (Public Theater). While earning his MFA at Yale School of Drama, he directed Sunday in the Park with George,Julius Caesar, Lottie in the Late Afternoon, Rodeo, and Eligible Receivers. He also served as Artistic Director of Yale Cabaret where he directed Pierrot Lunaire, All This Noise, The Future Gone Out of Business, and Lovesong and co-created Basement Hades and Trannequin! a new musical. Other directing includesThe Cat and the Canary (Berkshire Theatre Group),L’incoronazione di Poppea and The Producers (Princeton University), The Gay Ivy (Dixon Place), Proof and Iphigenia and Other Daughters (Santa Fe Theater Festival), Ardo Ardo andL’Orfeo (Yale Baroque Opera Project), and Pullman WA and in a word (Williamstown Workshop). Assistant directing includesOur Town (Nicholas Martin), Pregnancy Pact (Mark Brokaw),Broke-ology (Thomas Kail), Acis and Galatea (Gilbert Blin), The Judy Show (Amanda Charlton), and Amahl and the Night Visitors(Annette Jolles). Ethan received his BA in Theater Studies from Yale College. He won the Sledge Prize for Performing Arts and toured the world with the Yale Whiffenpoofs, singing more than 200 concerts in 25 countries. He has taught theater at Princeton University and Friends Seminary and is a proud member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.