Joann Maria Yarrow

  • Female
  • Joann Maria Yarrow directs, choreographs, and produces theater and film around the world. She began her career as a director and choreographer while with Double Edge Theatre in Boston. She went on to train with Odin Teatret in Denmark consequently co-founding A Laboratory for Actor Training with Vernice Miller in New York. Concurrently, Joann worked at La Mama ETC with East Coast Artists’ director, Richard Schechner and spent three years working for Broadway director, Harold Prince on the productions of Parade, Whistle down the Wind, Candide, Show Boat, and Phantom of the Opera. She has since staged theater in Denmark, London, Madrid, Boston, New York, Los Angeles and Brazil. Joann received her BFA from Boston University and her M.F.A. in Directing from the University of California at Irvine. She has taught at the Universidad de Alcalá in Madrid, the NYU Madrid Program and Union College in New York. She co-directed the film “Unspoken” as well as produced the documentary, "Beyond Offence," dealing with issues of diversity on college campuses. As the Executive Artistic Director of Teatro Prometeo for eleven years, she created the only Spanish-language theatre conservatory in the nation. Joann directed numerous productions as well as translated, adapted and commissioned new works that have toured internationally and presented at the International Hispanic Theatre Festival of Miami. Joann is a featured director in the book “The art and practice of directing in Latin America: Central America and United States.” She is a member of the Latinx Theater Commons and is a founding alumnus of Lincoln Center’s Director’s Lab West in Los Angeles. Alongside Jim Hammond, Joann produces directs the ARTrepreneur program in Fort Lauderdale that offers young artists the tools to turn their passion into a career. She has been awarded funding from Knight Foundation, Scripps Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.


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