Yo-EL Cassell


is thrilled to embrace the power of transformation via storytelling as director of this production. His local movement direction/choreography has been seen in Straight White Men (New Rep); The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (SpeakEasy Stage, IRNE nomination); The Lily’s Revenge (ART); and Mr. Burns, a post-electric play and The Understudy (Lyric Stage). His work has been featured in a concert version of Kiss Me, Kate with Marc Kudisch and Kerry O’Malley at the Boston Hatch Shell and in A Little Night Music, Alcina, and Orpheus in the Underworld for Boston Opera Collaborative. As Resident Choreographer for Commonwealth Shakespeare, he was involved in movement direction and choreography for Love’s Labour’s Lost, King Lear, The Comedy of Errors, and Two Gentlemen of Verona among others. He has curated for the Boston Landmarks Orchestra and directed the Off-Broadway production of Moonlight Interior. Yo-EL is the founder of Ensemble 360, a physical theatre company comprised of male actors. A graduate of The Boston Conservatory at Berklee and a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, he is currently Head of Movement/Assistant Professor for Boston University’s College of Fine Arts School of Theatre and on the faculty of Harvard University. Last spring he unveiled an annual new initiative with BU entitled InMotion Theatre (which highlights storytelling through the lens of movement/physical theatre) with a production he conceived and directed, The Journey. Yo-EL dedicates this production to his son, Keaton, who inspires daily with his full embodiment of creating characters and stories through movement.