Yoni (joʊni, \ˈyō-nē) Weiss is a New York-based collaborative theatre artist.I am a New York-based collaborative theatre artist.
As a director, he is focused on combining the expressive languages of ensemble-based theatre and musical theatre into a hybrid theatrical style. Through intimate staging, in-depth dramaturgical analysis, and a generative ensemble process, he examine familiar texts through an offbeat lens and re-investigates forgotten works of the twentieth century for contemporary audiences. His work often involves queer history in conversation with present queer experiences as a means of exploring nostalgia, trauma, and identity.
He is a a Co-Artistic Director of Doghouse Ensemble Theatre, where he curate their Incubator program for young artists around the world to develop new works throughout all stages of the writing process.
He currently attends Pace University’s School of Performing Arts for a Bachelor of Arts in Directing as part of the International Performance Ensemble. He is an alumnus of Interlochen Arts Academy.
New York: I Do Believe in Fairies (Dixon Place); Crowds Out Front (Manhattan Theatre Club’s Creative Center); Hester Street (Manhattan Theatre Club, dir. Sarna Lapine, starring Tovah Feldshuh); Right Before I Go (The Town Hall, dir. Michael Wilson, starring Vanessa Williams); Safer Than Home (Theatre Row, dir. Ianthe Demos). International: Animal Farm (Stara Zagora, Bulgaria, dir. Veselka Kuncheva). Feinstein’s/54 Below: Stories of Me and You: The Songs of Jacob Ryan Smith; 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.