Yoni Weiss is 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 examines 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 curates their Incubator program for young artists around the world to develop new works throughout all stages of the writing process.
Yoni (yo-knee, joʊni, \ˈyō-nē) is an avid LGBTQ+ activist, collector of cast recordings, musical theatre encyclopedia-in-progress, book-hoarder, and had his Harvey Fierstein impression approved by Harvey Fierstein.
Directing: I Do Believe in Fairies (Dixon Place/HOT! Festival), I’m a Fucking Icon (The Tank), Crowds Out Front (Manhattan Theatre Club Studios), The Nina Variations, Elegies: A Song Cycle, Mass Cycle (Doghouse Ensemble Theatre). Theatre: Hester Street (Manhattan Theatre Club, dir. Sarna Lapine), Right Before I Go (The Town Hall, dir. Michael Wilson), Animal Farm (State Puppet Theatre, Bulgaria), Safer Than Home (Theatre Row, dir. Ianthe Demos). Feinstein’s/54 Below: Stories of Me and You: The Songs of Jacob Ryan Smith, Ben Lohrberg: Dream with Me, Rusty Magee: Revisited (dir. Billy Recce), The Happy Time: 50th Anniversary Concert (dir. Michael Rupert), 54 Sings Jane Eyre, 54 Sings Alice in Wonderland (dir. Robbie Rozelle). Educational: A Little Night Music (dir. Roger Ellis), Angels in America (Parts 1 & 2) (dir. Kaleb Tank), City of Angels (dir. Sara Brians).
He currently attends Pace University’s School of Performing Arts for a Bachelor of Arts in Directing as part of the International Performance Ensemble and is an alumnus of Interlochen Arts Academy.