Yagil Eliraz Luke Harlan Leora Morris


Yagil Eliraz is a director from Israel and a third-year MFA candidate at Yale School of Drama. His productions at Yale include Shakespeare's Coriolanus and The Rules, a new play by Jiréh Breon Holder, both at the School of Drama; and Solo Bach, a movement theatre piece he conceived for actors and a solo violinist, at Yale Cabaret.

Yagil’s directing credits prior to Yale include an opera of Sophocles’s Oedipus, for which he adapted the libretto, at the Israel Festival 2011; Andorra by Max Frisch at the Nurit Katzir Jerusalem Theater Center; Hanoch Levin’s Schitz at The Cameri Theatre of Tel Aviv; Men’s Business by Franz Xaver Kroetz at the Tmuna Theatre; The Madwoman of Chaillot by Jean Giraudoux, at the Nissan Nativ Acting Studio; as well as stagings of new plays focusing on contemporary issues. Yagil's first theatre piece, a monodrama that he wrote, directed, and performed, called A.H. – Before He Changed Our History,about the formation of the young Hitler's personality, was performed in Israel and in Chicago. Yagil also served as artistic director and chief producer of the Small Bama Festival of Tel Aviv University and the Israel Festivals Arena. He taught directing at Bezalel, Israel’s leading academy of arts and design, and founded the theatre-directing program at the Tel Aviv Tzavta Theater. In 2008 Yagil won the Morasha Foundation’s grant for outstanding artists, and in 2011 he represented Israel in the Prague Quadrennial with his opera adaptation of Oedipus. He is honored to have been awarded the Yale University President’s Public Service Fellowship this year.

In December 2015, Yagil’s production of Aeschylus’s The Oresteia, translated by Ted Hughes, will be presented at Yale School of Drama.



Luke Harlan is a third-year MFA candidate at Yale School of Drama. He is a director, performer, and producer. In 2014 he served as the Co-Artistic Director of Yale Summer Cabaret’s 40th Anniversary Season, where he directed Middletown by Will Eno, A Map of Virtue by Erin Courtney, and All Saints by Mary Laws. At Yale School of Drama, Luke has directed The Winter's Tale by William Shakespeare and This Flat Earth by Lindsey Ferrentino. At Yale Cabaret, he has directed Tarell Alvin McCraney's The Brothers Size.

Hailing from New York, Luke has developed new plays at The Public Theater, New York Theatre Workshop, Tectonic Theater Project, The New Group, Ensemble Studio Theatre, and New Dramatists. Luke is the founding Artistic Director of Engine Company No. 11, co-founder of the Working Theatre Director’s Salon, recipient of the SDC National Directing Award, Directing Fellow at the O'Neill National Playwright's Conference, and member of the T.S. Eliot US/UK Exchange. His credits include the world premieres of Honky by Greg Kalleres (Urban Stages; Critic's Pick, The New York Times), The Assembly's home/sick (writer/performer, Critic's Pick, The New York Times), 1ROVE (The Bushwick Starr, Engine Company), Westward Mutations by Kristen Palmer (Hunter College), Dogs of Oklahoma by Eric John Meyer (Brick Theatre), Memorist by Nick Jones (Flea Theater), Shift by Joe Tracz (Old Vic Theatre, UK), Sousepaw: A Baseball Story by Jonathan Goldberg (National Tour), Fighting a Fish (Kennedy Center), and Insatiable Hunger, a new musical (Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater).

Luke’s production of Thornton Wilder's The Skin of Our Teeth will be presented at Yale School of Drama in October 2015.



Leora Morris, from Toronto, Canada, is a third-year MFA candidate at Yale School of Drama. Her productions at Yale include Shakespeare’s The Troublesome Reign of King John and Riverbank: A Noh Play for Northerly Americans by Brendan Pelsue; an original devised work, love holds a lamp in this little room, Yale Summer Cabaret; an original musical, White Oleander; for the Yale Drama Coalition; and He Left Quietly by Yaël Farber, based on the life experiences of Duma Kumalo, for Yale Cabaret.

As Artistic Director of her own Toronto-based company, Theatre Hetaerae, Leora directed He Left Quietly (2014 SummerWorks Best Production), Horse (2011 Toronto Fringe Awards for Best Direction, Production, and Ensemble), Engaged at the Rhubarb Festival, The Mistress Project at Theatre Passe Muraille, and Grannie Didn’t Go to Florida at the Cooking Fire Festival. Leora has worked as a dramaturg and director for new theatre and dance works across Canada, serving as Associate Dramaturg for the 2013 Banff Playwrights Colony and as Apprentice in New Play Development at Tarragon Theatre. As an Associate Artist with Small Wooden Shoe, Leora co-curated and directed the Reading Difficult Plays and Singing Simple Songs series and associate directed productions of Brecht’s Galileo and Evan Webber’s Antigone Dead People, which recently toured to Japan. In 2012 she was honored with Toronto’s Ken MacDougall Award for Emerging Directors. Leora is a graduate of McGill University and George Brown Theatre School (acting). This year, she is serving as co-artistic director of Yale Cabaret’s 48th season.

Leora’s production of Women Beware Women by Howard Barker and Thomas Middleton will be presented at Yale School of Drama in January 2016.



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Header Photo, left to right: Luke Harlan, Leora Morris, Yagil Eliraz. Photos by T. Charles Erickson, 2015.