Illana Stein is a New York based director originally from Fort Worth, Texas. She has a passion for working on Shakespeare and the classics and developing language-driven new works. Ms. Stein has directed Off-Broadway and Off-Off. She won an Overall Excellence Award in Directing for or what she will by Charly E. Simpson which premiered at the New York International Fringe Festival in 2012.
Regionally she has worked all over the country including assisting at Signature Theatre Company, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Yale Repertory Theatre, Hangar Theatre, The Pearl Theatre Company, and Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. She was Assistant to the Artistic Director for 3 years at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company where she assisted on over 20 plays with the resident acting ensemble as well as directed touring productions and assisted with casting.
As an Associate Director she has worked on acclaimed productions of (NY Times Critic's Pick, Drama Desk nominee for Best Revival) Tamburlaine the Great, directed by 4-time Olivier winning director, Michael Boyd, and Pericles directed by Trevor Nunn, both at Theatre for a New Audience. She was Associate Director on Fingersmith by Alexa Junge, directed by Bill Rauch at American Repertory Theatre.
Most recently, she directed the regional premiere of A Lost Leonardo by David Davalos at Amphibian Stage Productions. She is a recipient of a 2018 Drama League First Draft Residency with her collaborators, Sean Hudock and Deborah Yarchun. Ms. Stein is in the directing company of New York Madness and a member of the 2012 Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab.
Along with 6 directors, and 30 actors, I was invited to be part of Theatre for a New Audience’s 2017 Actor Director Lab. We spent 2 weeks in an intense, hands-on Shakespeare led by Alison Bomber, former head of Voice and …
Casting is underway for A Lost Leonardo by internationally renowned playwright David Davalos and premiering at Amphibian Stage Productions this fall. The team welcomes NYC-based actor Matt Amendt to the lead role of Leonardo! Full casting announced soon.
Thrilled to be back directing at Amphibian Stage Productions for a staged reading of Daedalus by playwright David Davalos. Davalos is most known for his play Wittenberg that played to rave reviews at Amphibian Stage Productions and has been performed Off-Broadway, regionally …