Pirronne Yousefzadeh appointed permanent Associate Artistic Director

Playwrights’ Center is thrilled to announce that our Interim Associate Artistic Director, Pirronne Yousefzadeh, has agreed to step into the position permanently. Pirronne has spent just over a year at the Center, supporting and uplifting playwrights in countless ways and bringing her unique joy and vision to their processes. She’s become a key member of the community on whom theater artists rely, and we’re all so glad she’ll be remaining with us.

If you’re in the Twin Cities and have not yet experienced Pirronne’s work: The Most Spectacularly Lamentable Trial Of Miz Martha Washington, written by Pulitzer Prize winner James Ijames and directed by Pirronne, is at Mixed Blood Theatre through March 31.  Don’t miss it!


Pirronne Yousefzadeh (She/Her/Hers) is a director, writer, and educator. Prior to this appointment, she served as Producing Artistic Director at the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center and as the Associate Artistic Director and Director of Engagement at Geva Theatre Center. Her recent directing credits include The Most Spectacularly Lamentable Trial of Miz Martha Washington by James Ijames (Mixed Blood), the world premiere of The Ants by Ramiz Monsef (Geffen Playhouse), the world premiere of It’s Christmas, Carol! by Mark Bedard, Brent Hinkley, and John Tufts (Oregon Shakespeare Festival), the world premiere of Heartland by Gabriel Jason Dean (59E59), Vietgone by Qui Nguyen (Geva Theatre Center), the world premiere of Kid Prince & Pablo by Brian Quijada (Kennedy Center), and The Wolves by Sarah DeLappe (Actors Theatre of Louisville). 

Over the last twenty years, Pirronne has built a freelance career centering and uplifting the stories of global majority communities with work that embraces high theatricality and joy. Her development and directing work have taken her to The Public/Joe’s Pub, Playwrights Horizons, New York Theatre Workshop, Ars Nova, Soho Rep, Atlantic Theater Company, Ma-Yi Theater Company, Rising Circle Theater Collective, The Woodshed Collective, Partial Comfort Productions, Noor Theatre, La Mama, New York Musical Theatre Festival, Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Lark Play Development Center, New Dramatists, The Kennedy Center, Williamstown Theatre Festival, American Conservatory Theater, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Cleveland Playhouse, La Jolla Playhouse, Pioneer Theatre Company, Huntington Theatre Company, Two River Theater Company, Playmakers Repertory Company, Milwaukee Rep, Kitchen Theatre Company, Dorset Theatre Festival, InterAct Theatre Company, On the Boards, Perseverance Theatre, and Hangar Theatre, where she was a 2006 Drama League Directing Fellow.

Pirronne is a Usual Suspect at New York Theatre Workshop, New Georges Affiliated Artist, member of Ensemble Studio Theatre, Wingspace, and No More 10 out of 12s, and an alumna of the 2050 Fellowship at NYTW, Sagal Fellowship at Williamstown Theatre Festival, SDC Denham Fellowship, Lincoln Center Directors Lab, Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab, Ensemble Studio Theatre’s Resident Director Program, New Georges Jam, and Drama League Directors Project. In 2020, she was a finalist for SDCF’s Zelda Fichandler Award.

With Rocío Mendez, Sarafina Bush, and Cecilia Durbin, she has co-created Building Better (Play) Worlds, a workshop series on creating anti-racist production processes; the collective has taken these workshops to NYU, Hofstra University, and Fordham University, among others. Pirronne is also a founding member of Maia Directors, a consulting service for artists and organizations who wish to engage with stories from the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia.   

Pirronne received her M.F.A. in Directing from Columbia University, where she was a Shubert Presidential Fellow and Matthews Fellowship recipient and studied under the invaluable mentorship of Anne Bogart, Brian Kulick, and Robert Woodruff. She graduated summa cum laude with a degree in Theatre and English Literature from Washington University in St. Louis and completed additional coursework at Shakespeare’s Globe in London and The Public Theater. She is a proud member of Stage Directors and Choreographers Society and is represented by Ben Izzo at The Michael Moore Agency.