Yana Ross grew up in Latvia and spent her childhood between Europe, Russia and USA. After graduation with an MFA from Yale School of Drama in 2006, Ross collaborated with Nobel laureate, Elfriede Jelinek, directing her plays Sleeping Beauty and Bambiland. She continues to work internationally from Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz to Seoul Performing Arts Festival in South Korea. Ross is a recipient of a prestigious Fulbright Fellowship. She served as a managing editor at Yale Theater magazine on a special volume: Russian Theater of the 21st Century, for which she received John Gassner Memorial prize. Recently awarded Best Director in Torun International Festival Kontakt 2016, Best Director (plus 7 nominations), Seagull, Iceland 2016, Best Director Uncle Vanya, Sweden 2015, Best Director (plus 11 nominations), Our Class, Lithuania 2014.