Isengart

[ease ’n guard]

Welcome to my homepage!

I am a New York-based director, writer, performance coach and, incidentally, free-lance chef.
In 2017, after 20 years of performance stints across New York's clubs, museums and entertainment venues and guest spots in Berlin, Vienna, Cologne, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Cincinnati, and Kitchener, Ontario, I took an open sabbatical from the stage to focus on writing about food and culture, publishing two books and writing a food column for Slate.  
My culinary memoir/cookbook, The Art of Gay Cooking, published in 2018 by Outpost19, is a literary appropriation of The Alice B. Toklas Cookbook that follows in the footsteps of my partner Filip Noterdaeme's memoir, The Autobiography of Daniel J. Isengart, an adaptation of The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas. Illustrated by Filip Noterdaeme, the cookbook also sports a foreword by Jeremiah Tower, the legendary godfather of modern American cuisine.
From July – November 2018, I was the sole writer of Slate's first and only weekly food and cooking advice column, The Pickle. it was fun while it lasted.
As of 2019, I am going to focus on coaching classically trained singers for their appearances in recital and on the concert stage as well as directing opera. The year began well with my directing  of a staged concert of Bizet's Carmen with the KWS Orchestra under the baton of Andrei Feher, January 2019. This was the second opera I staged with the orchestra (back in 2016, I had staged Die Fledermaus for the KWS, then under the baton of Edwin Outwater.) In both cases, I was also called upon to act as the production's narrator, roles I gladly took on (and wrote the scripts for.)
I am no longer active on any social media platform, preferring to be social in real time and in real places.