Theater artist Evan Yionoulis (NYC) will develop The Dread Pirate Project, which, through the real-life story of the rise and fall of a young online black market mogul, explores the nature of identity, the elusive quest for 21st century anonymity, and the deceptively thin membrane between the digital and natural worlds.
Princess Grace Foundation-USA Works-in-Progress Resident Artist
Evan Yionoulis is a writer and Obie award-winning theatre director whose productions of new works and classics have been performed in New York, across the country, and internationally. She has been a resident director at Yale Repertory Theatre since 1998.
Her numerous productions include: Richard Greenberg’s The Violet Hour (Broadway), Three Days of Rain (Manhattan Theatre Club), and Everett Beekin (Lincoln Center Theater), as well as their premieres at South Coast Repertory; Adrienne Kennedy’s Ohio State Murders (Lortel Award for Best Revival) and the Off-Broadway premiere of Howard Brenton’s Sore Throats for Theatre for a New Audience; Tom Stoppard’s Hapgood (Williamstown Theatre Festival), The Real Thing (Huntington Theatre Company), and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (Studio Theatre).
At Yale Repertory Theatre, she has directed Cymbeline, Richard II, Ibsen’s The Master Builder, George F. Walker’s Heaven, Brecht’s Galileo, Gozzi’s The King Stag (which she adapted with composer/lyricist Mike Yionoulis and Catherine Sheehy), Caryl Churchill’s Owners, and numerous other productions including the world premiere of Kirsten Greenidge’s Bossa Nova.
Also with Mike Yionoulis, she is developing Redhand Guitar, a multi-platform project about five generations of musicians across an American century. Their short film Lost and Found premiered at Cleveland International Film Festival.
She has directed Seven, a documentary theatre piece about extraordinary women from across the globe who work for human rights, in New York, Boston, Washington, Aspen, London, Deauville, and New Delhi.
Other credits include productions at the Mark Taper Forum, NY Shakespeare Festival, the Vineyard, 2econd Stage, Primary Stages, American Music Theatre Festival, Dallas Theatre Center, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Denver Center, Portland Stage, PlayMakers Rep, and many others.
Early in her career, she received a Princess Grace Foundation Fellowship and was subsequently awarded the Foundation’s prestigious statuette as well as this Works in Progress residency for The Dread Pirate Project. She has received the support of writer’s residencies at Weston Playhouse and, upcoming, 100W in Corsicana, Texas.
She is Professor (adjunct) in the Yale School of Drama’s Departments of Acting and Directing and on the Executive Board of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.