Member Profiles

Yasen Peyankov


Yasen Peyankov has been a Steppenwolf Theatre Company ensemble member since 2002 and last appeared in The Wheel. Steppenwolf directing credits include Hushabye, Russian Transport and The Glass Menagerie for Steppenwolf for Young Adults. Yasen also directed the Bulgarian premiere of August: Osage County at the National Theatre in Sofia, Bulgaria. Other directing credits include Uncle Vanya, Stars in the Morning Sky, Macbeth, Roberto Zucco, Go Away Go Away, Slavs! (European Repertory Company); Overweight, Unimportant, Misshape: A European Supper (Trap Door Theatre); and Ladybird (Rushforth Productions) among others. On stage he has also appeared in productions at Goodman Theatre, Court Theatre, European Repertory Company, Next Theatre Company. Seattle Repertory Theatre, American Conservatory Theatre and made his Broadway debut in Superior Donuts in 2009. Film and television credits include A Very Harold and Kumar Christmas, Contagion, Transformer 3, Crime Fiction, The Company, The Mob Doctor, The Beast, Gifted Hands, Karen Sisco, Alias, The Practice, The Unit, Numb3rs and others. He has translated and adapted Russian plays by Anton Chekhov, Mikhail Bulgakov, Nikolai Kolyada, Alexander Galin and Vassily Sigarevall. His translation of Chekhov's Ivanov, was produced by European Repertory Company and was published by Ivan R. Dee. He is the recipient of a Joseph Jefferson Award, Fox Fellowship and serves as the Head of Theatre in the School of Theatre and Music at the University of Illinois at Chicago where he teaches acting and directs.

Watch & Listen

  1. Frankie And Johnny In The Clair De Lune

    Frankie And Johnny In The Clair De Lune

  2. Cherry Orchard

    Cherry Orchard

  3. Lost Land

    Lost Land

  4. The Diary of Anne Frank in Rehearsal

    The Diary of Anne Frank in Rehearsal

  5. The Diary of Anne Frank in Production

    The Diary of Anne Frank in Production

  6. I Sing America

    I Sing America

  7. Superior Donuts in Rehearsal

    Superior Donuts in Rehearsal

  8. Superior Donuts in Production

    Superior Donuts in Production

  9. Yasen Peyankov on Tom and the American Dream

    Yasen Peyankov on Tom and the American Dream

  10. The Glass Menagerie in Rehearsal

    The Glass Menagerie in Rehearsal

  11. The Glass Menagerie "MaTEENe"

    The Glass Menagerie "MaTEENe"

  12. The Tempest in Production

    The Tempest in Production

  13. Ensemble Conversations: Yasen Peyankov

    Ensemble Conversations: Yasen Peyankov

  14. Hot L Baltimore in Rehearsal

    Hot L Baltimore in Rehearsal

  15. Hot L Baltimore in Production

    Hot L Baltimore in Production

  16. Tina Landau Directs Hot L Baltimore

    Tina Landau Directs Hot L Baltimore

  17. Frank Galati adapts and directs The March

    Frank Galati adapts and directs The March

  18. Hot L Baltimore Audience Response

    Hot L Baltimore Audience Response

  19. Penelope in Rehearsal

    Penelope in Rehearsal

  20. Penelope in Production

    Penelope in Production

  21. Penelope Teaser

    Penelope Teaser

  22. Penelope Audience Response

    Penelope Audience Response

  23. Playwright Enda Walsh on Penelope

    Playwright Enda Walsh on Penelope

  24. Three Sisters in Rehearsal

    Three Sisters in Rehearsal

  25. Three Sisters in Production

    Three Sisters in Production

  26. <i>THREE SISTERS</i> Audience Response

    THREE SISTERS Audience Response

  27. Mainstage Debuts in <i>THREE SISTERS</i>

    Mainstage Debuts in THREE SISTERS

  28. 2013/14 Season: <i>RUSSIAN TRANSPORT</i>

    2013/14 Season: RUSSIAN TRANSPORT

  29. 2013/14 Season: <i>THE WHEEL</i>

    2013/14 Season: THE WHEEL

  30. Joan Allen - <i>THE WHEEL</i>

    Joan Allen - THE WHEEL

  31. <i>THE WHEEL</i> in Production

    THE WHEEL in Production

  32. Inside <i>THE WHEEL</i>

    Inside THE WHEEL

  33. <i>RUSSIAN TRANSPORT</i> in Rehearsal

    RUSSIAN TRANSPORT in Rehearsal

  34. <i>RUSSIAN TRANSPORT</i> in Production

    RUSSIAN TRANSPORT in Production

  35. <i>RUSSIAN TRANSPORT</i> - Trailer


  36. 2014/15 Season - <i>GRAND CONCOURSE</i>

    2014/15 Season - GRAND CONCOURSE

  37. FIRST LOOK REPERTORY - <i>Hushabye</i> in Rehearsal

    FIRST LOOK REPERTORY - Hushabye in Rehearsal

  38. <i>GRAND CONCOURSE</i> in Rehearsal

    GRAND CONCOURSE in Rehearsal

  39. <i>GRAND CONCOURSE</i> - Trailer


  40. <i>GRAND CONCOURSE</i> in Production

    GRAND CONCOURSE in Production

  41. <i>GRAND CONCOURSE</i> - Audience Response

    GRAND CONCOURSE - Audience Response

  42. <i>BETWEEN RIVERSIDE AND CRAZY</i> - Rehearsal Photos


Credits & Awards


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