Yoni (joʊni, \ˈyō-nē\) Weiss is a New York-based director and preserver of musical theatre history. He is a Co-Artistic Director and Literary Manager of Doghouse Ensemble Theatre.
He currently attends Pace University’s School of Performing Arts for a Bachelor of Arts in Directing as part of the International Performance Ensemble.
Raised in the suburbs of Detroit, he attended a litany of Jewish day schools before moving away from home to attend Interlochen Arts Academy. At Interlochen, he received the Upstart Crow Award and a Fine Arts Award for Excellence in Theatre. Yoni continues to work with Interlochen as a New York Alumni Ambassador.
New York: Hester Street (Manhattan Theatre Club, dir. Sarna Lapine, starring Tovah Feldshuh, Adam Kantor); Right Before I Go (The Town Hall, dir. Michael Wilson, starring Vanessa Williams, Lois Smith, Judith Light, Ellen Burstyn, Elizabeth Ashley); Safer Than Home (Theatre Row, dir. Ianthe Demos). International: Animal Farm (Stara Zagora, Bulgaria, dir. Veselka Kuncheva). Feinstein’s/54 Below: Ben Lohrberg: Dream with Me; Kander & Ebb’s The Happy Time: 50th Anniversary Concert (dir. Michael Rupert); 54 Sings Jane Eyre (dir. Robbie Rozelle); 54 Sings Alice in Wonderland (dir. Robbie Rozelle); Matthew McCollum: Songs for the Dead. Doghouse Ensemble Theatre: The Nina Variations; Elegies: A Song Cycle; Mass Cycle. Pace University: City of Angels (dir. Sara Brians); A Little Night Music (dir. Roger Ellis). Education: Pace School of Performing Arts, Directing (International Performance Ensemble), Interlochen Arts Academy.
He is most proud of hijacking his brother’s 1st birthday party to put on his own one-man production of Annie, for which he forced his parents to help him make posters and playbills at age 6.