Yana Eva Thönnes, born in Cologne in 1990, is a director, writer and performer. She first studied philosophy and cultural studies in the Ruhr region before successfully dropping out of her studies in theatre directing at the HfMT Hamburg. From 2015-2017 she was an assistant director at Münchner Kammerspiele, where she worked with Toshiki Okada, Britta Thie, Gob Squad, Felix Rothenhäusler and Wolfgang Tillmans among others. From 2015 to 2022 she led the performance company THE AGENCY as artistic director together with Magdalena Emmerig, Rahel Spöhrer and Belle Santos.
Yana Eva Thönnes‘ work has been shown at Münchner Kammerspiele, Theater Neumarkt Zürich, Akademie der Künste Berlin, Pact Zollverein, Athens Biennale, Tanz im August, Festival Internacionales de Buenos Aires, Bayerische Staatsoper and Festival Radikal Jung. Her artistic research has taken her to Japan, India and the US.
In Memory of Doris Bither by Yana Thönnes, Director: Yana Thönnes (2023)