Member Profiles

Yasen Peyankov


Yasen Peyankov has been an ensemble member since 2002. Previous Steppenwolf directing credits include The Fundamentals, Between Riverside and Crazy, Grand Concourse, Russian Transport, Hushabye for First Look and The Glass Menagerie for Steppenwolf for Young Adults. He also translated and directed the Bulgarian premiere of August: Osage County at the National Theatre in Sofia. On stage he has appeared in 18 productions at Steppenwolf, as well as productions at Goodman Theatre, Court Theatre, European Repertory (which he co-founded), Next Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco and made his Broadway debut in Superior Donuts in 2009. Some of his many film and television appearances include A Very Harold and Kumar Christmas, Contagion, Transformers 3, Crime Fiction, The Company, The Mob Doctor, The Beast, Gifted Hands, Karen Sisco, Alias, The Practice, The Unit, Numb3rs and currently he has a recurring role on Madam Secretary. He has also translated and adapted Russian plays by Anton Chekhov, Mikhail Bulgakov, Nikolai Kolyada, Alexander Galin and Vassily Sigarev, all of which developed into productions. He is the recipient of a Jeff Award, Fox Fellowship and is the Head of Theatre at the School of Theatre and Music at UIC, where he teaches acting and directs plays.

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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; Goodman Theatre: 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

Member Profiles

Yasen Peyankov

Yasen  Peyankov