Yasen Peyankov

Associate Professor - Director of Theatre Studies


Yasen Peyankov — Photo: Jenny Fontaine

The Chicago Tribune has called Yasen Peyankov “inimitable’ as a member of the famed Steppenwolf Theater Company ensemble.

He has performed in 20 Steppenwolf productions, including a Broadway run of Tracy Letts’ “Superior Donuts” and a Dublin run of “Frankie and Johnny in the Clare de Lune.” Peyankov often brings Steppenwolf professionals to speak or teach at UIC.

A native of Bulgaria, Peyankov trained in the tradition of Konstantin Stanislavski at the National Academy of Theatre and Film Arts of Sofia and co-founded the European Repertory company in Chicago in 1992.

He received a Joseph Jefferson Award, Chicago’s counterpart to the Tony, for his work in “Morning Star,” and was nominated for a Jefferson for his translation of Chekhov’s “Ivanov.”

His film credits include Robert Altman’s “The Company,” and he has appeared in nine television series, including “The Practice” and “Early Edition.”

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