New Haven, CT
Work of Description
Ilya is a writer of plays, monologues, essays and fiction. This past year, he performed a solo storytelling show about immigration and his first trip back to Russia, called 'Moscow to Manhattan', at 92Y Tribeca and the United Solo Theater Festival. He also performed at the Generation R Chanukah Soiree at JCC Manhattan. Ilya was a company member of the spoken-word show Birthright Israel Monologues, with which he performed in New York, Chicago, Washington DC, Philadelphia, New Orleans, Miami, and elsewhere. Subsequently he published a personal essay about delicatessen soup specials in the anthology What We Brought Back: Jewish Life After Birthright. He was a COJECO BluePrint Fellow, and received first place in two storytelling slams judged by Vanessa Hidary and David Bezmozgis.
Ilya’s plays include 'Odd Quad Wedding', 'Student Council', 'The Icarus Project', and 'Meyer Lansky' (best play award at the Dialogue One Theater Festival). Ilya studied playwriting with Amy Herzog and Donald Margulies. He recently translated and co-adapted a dramatization of Bulgakov’s 'The Fatal Eggs' for the Yale Cabaret, in which he also played the narrator. Previously, he adapted and directed Babel's 'How It Was Done In Odessa'. A sometimes actor, Ilya played Vanya in 'Uncle Vanya' and Guildenstern in 'Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead'. He trained as an advanced-level improviser at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater. Ilya got his BA at Williams College, and is currently an MFA student in dramaturgy and dramatic criticism at the Yale School of Drama.