Evan Yionoulis

Professor in the Practice of Acting and Directing & Resident Director Yale Repertory Theatre


Evan Yionoulis, Professor in the Practice in Acting and Directing, is an Obie-award winning director who has directed new plays and classics in New York and across the US. She has enjoyed collaborations with major American playwrights, including Richard Greenberg, with whose Violet Hour she reopened the renovated Biltmore Theatre (Broadway). She also directed his Everett Beekin at Lincoln Center Theater and received an Obie Award for her direction of his Three Days of Rain at Manhattan Theatre Club. She directed Adrienne Kennedy’s Ohio State Murders (2008 Lortel Award for Best Revival) and the Off-Broadway premiere of Howard Brenton’s Sore Throats for Theatre for a New Audience.

As a resident director at Yale Repertory Theatre, she has directed Cymbeline, Richard II, The Master Builder, George F. Walker's Heaven, Brecht's Galileo, Gozzi's The King Stag (which she adapted with composer Mike Yionoulis and Catherine Sheehy) and numerous other productions including Caryl Churchill’s Owners 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, South Coast Repertory, the Vineyard, the Cherry Lane, 2econd Stage, Dallas Theatre Center, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Denver Center, Portland Stage, and many others. Lost and Found, her first short film, made with Mike Yionoulis, premiered at the Cleveland International Film Festival. They are collaborating on Redhand Guitar, about five generations of musicians across an American century, and The Dread Pirate Project, about the malleability of identity between the digital and natural worlds. She is a recipient of a Princess Grace Fellowship, Statuette, and Works in Progress Grant.