First Name
Ilana
Middle Name
M
Last Name
Brownstein
City
State or Province
MA
Country
Job Title
Director of New Work
Biography
Ilana M. Brownstein is a dramaturg and director specializing in new plays and public arts advocacy. In addition to her role as the Director of New Work at Company One Theatre, she is the Founding Dramaturg at Playwrights' Commons, and on faculty at the BU School of Theatre, where she runs the dramatic literature core curriculum and theatre minor program. Previously, she created the Playwriting Fellows program and Breaking Ground Festival at The Huntington, programs celebrated as part of a 2013 regional Tony Award.

Productions with C1 include Josh Wilder’s LEFTOVERS, Jackie Sibblies Drury’s REALLY, Young Jean Lee's WE'RE GONNA DIE, Aditi Kapil's DISPLACED HINDU GODS TRILOGY and LOVE PERSON, The Tiger Lillies' SHOCKHEADED PETER, Natsu Onoda Power's ASTRO BOY AND THE GOD OF COMICS, Kirsten Greenidge’s SPLENDOR, Rajiv Joseph’s BENGAL TIGER AT THE BAGHDAD ZOO, Lauren Yee's HOOKMAN, and Lydia R. Diamond's VOYEURS DE VENUS.

A select list of playwrights with whom she’s worked includes Mia Chung, Qui Nguyen, Idris Goodwin, Kirstoffer Diaz, Melinda Lopez, Theresa Rebeck, August Wilson, Wendy Wasserstein, Mat Smart, Cecelia Raker, Nina Louise Morrison, Steve Bogart, Natalia Naman, Jeni Mahoney, David Valdes Greenwood, A. Rey Pamatmat, Jenny Weiner, Kate Snodgrass, Ken Urban, Ronan Noone, Stephen Belber, David Rambo, Etan Frankel, Nathan Louis Jackson, Tommy Smith, Daniel Goldstein & Michael Friedman, Naomi Iizuka, Joyce Van Dyke, David Lindsay-Abaire, Lisa Kron, Dominic Taylor, Crystal Skillman, Obehi Janice, and the gentlemen of Culture Clash.

Ilana is the senior dramaturg for the C1 PlayLab program, which has provided script and professional development to 40+ playwrights over 6 seasons. She has participated in new play projects with the Eugene O’Neill National Playwrights Conference, and the Baltic American Playwrights’ Conference; Boston University’s New Play Initiative, and the Professional Theatre Initiative; Boston Playwrights’ Theatre; the Denver Center New Play Summit; the Kennedy Center; Chicago Directors Lab; Yale Rep; Yale Cabaret; Ensemble Studio Theatre; The New Harmony Project; Actors Theatre of Louisville; and on Broadway. In her public-facing work, she is a frequent moderator/facilitator, panelist, and invited delegate at conferences and convenings, and has adjudicated numerous dramaturgy and playwriting residencies and awards.

She holds an MFA in Dramaturgy (Yale), and a Directing BA (College of Wooster). Ilana is a Kilroys nominator for The List, served on the National Advisory Board for HowlRound/A Center for The Theatre Commons, and is a two-time winner of the LMDA Elliott Hayes Award for excellence in dramaturgy (2008, 2014).

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Areas of Expertise
Languages Spoken
English, French
Interested in freelance opportunities
Yes