Yasen Peyankov received a Joseph Jefferson award for Steppenwolf’s Morning Star. Other memorable appearances at Steppenwolf include The Wheel, Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, Hysteria and The Duel, produced in association with European Repertory, the Chicago company Yasen co-founded. His translation of Chekhov’s Ivanov, produced by European Repertory, was nominated for a Joseph Jefferson Award for Best Adaptation and is published by Ivan R. Dee. Yasen was born in Varna, Bulgaria and trained at the The National Academy of Theatre and Film Arts of Sofia, Bulgaria. He is an Associate Professor and Director of Theatre Studies at the Performing Arts Department at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
(Steppenwolf Theatre Company bio)
His Awards and credits in the U.S
The Company; Novocaine; U.S. Marshalls; Payback
European Repertory Company: Co-founder; Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead; Ivanov; Scenes from an Execution; Agamemnon; Caligula The Goodman: The Odyssey Court Theatre: Hamlet; Piano; Twelfth Night American Theatre Company: Medea Director Rushforth Productions in Los Angeles: Ladybird University of Illinois at Chicago: We Won’t Pay! We Won’t Pay!, Featuring Loretta; Balm in Gilead; The Seagull European Repertory Company: Macbeth; Out at Sea; Roberto Zucco; Uncle Vanya; Stars in The Morning Sky; SLAVS!; Go Away Go Away Adaptor/Translator The Seagull(University of Illinois at Chicago); Uncle Vanya; Ivanov (published by Ivan R. Dee); Zoyka’s Apartment; Stars in the Morning Sky; Go Away
The Beast (A&E);E-Ring(NBC); The Evidence(ABC); The Unit(CBS) The Practice (ABC); Karen Sisco(ABC); Alias (ABC); Walker: Texas Ranger (CBS); Early Edition (CBS); Turks (CBS)
2002-2003 Fox Fellowship; Joseph Jefferson Award for Best Supporting Actor (Morning Star); Joseph Jefferson Nomination for Best Actor
Yasen Peyankov was born and raised in Bulgaria where he graduated from the National Academy of Theatre and Film Arts in Sofia . He was trained in the traditions of the Russian naturalistic theatre and the system of K.S. Stanislavski.
Since his arrival In Chicago in 1990 he co-founded the European Repertory Company in 1992 and has worked as an actor in some of the finest theatres in the city—Steppenwolf, Goodman, Court, Next, American Theatre, and many others. His role as Greenspan In “Morning Star” at Steppenwolf earned him a Joseph Jefferson Award for Best Supporting Actor. He also received a nomination for Best Adaptation for his translation/adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s Ivanov, which was consequently published by Ivan R. Dee.
Since 2002, he has been a member of the Steppenwolf Theatre Ensemble, where he has appeared in Time to Burn, The Time of Your Life (also In Seattle and San Francisco), Berlin Circle, Hysteria, Morning Star, Frankie and Johnny In the Clare De Lune (also In Dublin), Cherry Orchard, Lost Land, The Pillowman, Diary of Anne Frank. He has also directed for University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), European Repertory Company, and Rushfort in Los Angeles , and translated and adapted plays by Anton Chekhov, Mikhall Bulgakov, Nikolal Kolyada, and Vaslly Slgarev. Mr. Peyankov has also appeared on film in The Company directed by Robert Altman, Gifted Hands, Payback , US Marshals, Novocain, Lana’s Rain, and in television shows such as The Beast, The Unit, The Evidence, Alias, Numb3rs, The Practice, Early Edition, and others.
Most recently Mr. Peyankov appeared in the World Premiere of Superior Donuts by Tracy Letts at Steppenwolf and directed his own translation of Anton Chekhov’s Seagull at UIC and the Glass Menagerie for Steppenwolf. In May Mr. Peyankov traveled with a group of UIC students to Sofia, Bulgaria to participate in a Theatre Workshop taught by some of the best theatre artists currently working in Sofia.
Mr. Peyankov has been teaching acting at UIC since 2000, and accepted the position of Master Actor in the fall of 2007. He has also taught at The Steppenwolf Summer School, Steppenwolf West, Act One Studio, and the University of Chicago. He is a recipient of a 2002 Walter and Eva Fox Fellowship.
In September of 2009 Yasen Peyankov made his Broadway debut reprising the role of Max Tarasov in Tracy Letts’ newest play Superior Donuts.