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Ilyse Robbins (she/her/hers) is the Associate Artistic Director of Greater Boston Stage Company in Stoneham, Massachusetts. She also freelances as a director, choreographer, actress, and teacher in the New England area. Ilyse holds a BS in Communication/Theater from Northwestern University, certification in theater from the British American Drama Academy and an Ed.M. from Harvard University. Ilyse teaches creative drama education for Brandeis University and is on the staffs of Mohr Collaborative and Ovation Communication as a presentation skills coach.
Ilyse Robbins most recently choreographed and staged the world premier of Swan Lake in Blue: A Jazz Ballet at GBSC for which she received the Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Choreography. The year prior she was nominated for the same award for her work on Once at SpeakEasy Stage. Ilyse choreographed the U.S. premier of Onegin at GBSC and she directed/choreographed the East Coast premier of Paul Gordon and Jay Gruska’s new musical Being Earnest. Ilyse received the 2014 Elliot Norton Award for Best Direction for her production of Thoroughly Modern Millie at GBSC and is the recipient of eight Independent Reviewer of New England (IRNE) awards, most recently for her direction and choreography for She Loves Me and Dames at Sea respectively at GBSC.
Direction/choreography/performance credits include: United Solo Festival NYC, Greater Boston Stage Company, Speakeasy Stage Company, Lyric Stage Co. of Boston, New Repertory Theatre, Hanover Theatre, Underground Railway, The Modern Theatre, Hope Repertory Theatre, Fiddlehead Theatre, Overture Productions, Jewish Theater of New England, American Stage Festival, Boston Theatre Works, Wheelock Family Theatre, Boston Public Library, Museum of Science, Publick Theatre, Reagle Music Theatre, Boston Women on Top Festival, Liberty Mutual, and Fidelity. Favorite roles include Dessa in Tongue of a Bird (New Repertory Theatre), Pam in The Full Monty and Joyce/Evie in The Sparrow (Greater Boston Stage Company), Truvy in Steel Magnolias (Fiddlehead Theatre), and Little Becky/Mrs. Millennium in Urinetown (Lyric Stage Company).
Ilyse is the voice of the narrator in Eve Bunting’s book My Teacher is Having a Baby and can be seen on various commercials (usually for banks or the medical profession which makes her parents very proud). She is proud to be a board member and the clerk of the Theatre Community Benevolent Fund. Ilyse is a member of AEA and an associate member of SDC. www.ilyserobbins.com