Evan Yionoulis is an award-winning director who has directed new plays and classics in New York and across the U.S. She opened Manhattan Theatre Club’s Biltmore Theatre (Broadway) with Richard Greenberg’s The Violet Hour, directed his Everett Beekin at Lincoln Center Theatre and received an Obie Award for her direction of his Three Days of Rain at Manhattan Theatre Club, having directed their premieres at South Coast Repertory. She directed the critically acclaimed productions of Adrienne Kennedy’s He Brought Her Heart Back in a Box and Ohio State Murders (Lortel Award for Best Revival), as well as the Off-Broadway premiere of Howard Brenton’s Sore Throats, for Theatre for a New Audience. She directed the premieres of Daisy Foote’s Him at Primary Stages and her Bhutan at the Cherry Lane; Tom Stoppard’s Hapgood (starring Kate Burton) at Williamstown Theatre Festival.
As a writer, she adapted Carlo Gozzi’s The King Stag with Mike Yionoulis, who also wrote music and lyrics, and Catherine Sheehy, and directed its premiere at Yale Repertory Theatre. Also with Mike Yionoulis, she adapted Euripides’ Medea (premiere, Muhlenberg College) and collaborated with him on Flights of Angels, a music theatre piece based on Shakespeare’s Hamlet (workshop, Second Stage). Their short film, Lost and Found, premiered at Cleveland International Film Festival. Their most ambitious collaboration is Redhand Guitar, a multi-platform project about five generations of musicians across an American century.
She has been supported at writer’s residencies including Weston Playhouse, 100W in Corsicana, Texas, and Wildacres Retreat.
As a long-time resident director at Yale Repertory Theatre, she directed Cymbeline, Richard II, The Master Builder, George F. Walker’s Heaven, Brecht’s Galileo, and numerous other productions including Caryl Churchill’s Owners, Guillermo Calderón’s Kiss, and the world premiere of Kirsten Greenidge’s Bossa Nova.
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, the Huntington, NY Shakespeare Festival, the Vineyard, the Cherry Lane, 2econd Stage, American Music Theatre Festival, Dallas Theatre Center, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Denver Center, Portland Stage, PlayMakers Rep, and many others, by such playwrights as Warren Leight, Elizabeth Egloff, Nicky Silver, Naomi Iizuka, Keith Reddin, and Dick Beebe.
She received a Princess Grace Foundation Fellowship and was subsequently awarded the Foundation’s prestigious statuette. She was awarded a Princess Grace Foundation Works-in-Progress Residency at the Baryshnikov Arts Center in 2017 to develop The Dread Pirate Project, about malleability of identity across the digital and natural worlds.
She serves on the Executive Board of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society as Secretary.
She is the Richard Rodgers Director of the Drama Division of the Juilliard School, having formerly been Professor in the Practice of Acting and Directing at Yale School of Drama, where she taught for twenty years.