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Evan Yionoulis, an Obie award-winning director and nationally recognized teacher of acting, is Juilliard’s Richard Rodgers director of the Drama Division. She comes to Juilliard after 20 years on the faculty of Yale School of Drama, where she was a professor in the practice of acting and directing and a resident director at Yale Repertory Theatre. She was Lloyd Richards chair of the department of acting there from 1998 to 2003. She has directed new plays and classics in New York, across the country, and internationally, including, most recently Guillermo Calderón’s Kiss at Yale Repertory Theatre and Adrienne Kennedy’s He Brought Her Heart Back in a Box for Theatre for a New Audience, where she also directed Kennedy’s Ohio State Murders (which won a Lortel Award for best revival). Her other credits include Richard Greenberg’s The Violet Hour (Broadway), Three Days of Rain (Obie Award for direction, Manhattan Theatre Club), and Everett Beekin (Lincoln Center Theater). With composer/lyricist Mike Yionoulis, she is developing Redhand Guitar, about five generations of musicians across an American century and The Dread Pirate Project, about identity and anonymity across the digital and natural worlds. She is a Princess Grace Awards recipient and serves on the executive board of SDC, the labor union representing stage directors and choreographers, as secretary.