Yvonne Gougelet (pronounced goo-juh-lay) is an actress, producer, playwright, director, journalist, activist (& a billion other things) based in NYC. She has dedicated 17 years of her life to the theater performing in nearly fifty plays in London, Scotland, Chile, NY, Chicago, Miami, & Tampa. She has produced and directed three of her original experimental plays in the US, as well as the UK. She can build a stage, light it, mic it, cast it, promote it, write it, direct it, produce it, costume it, film it and perform it. This is how she got her nickname: “Woman of the Theater.”
Her international performances include As You Like It, in London’s Hyde Park. Her original one-woman show, HemiKrania, toured to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland for a month and she toured in an experimental physical theater play at the Temporales Teatrales Festival in Southern Chile for a month. In 2008-2009 she portrayed ten characters without words in The Screwtape Letter’s, in Chicago, which celebrated rave reviews, and four extensions with 95 sold-out performances. Since living in NYC she has worked with numerous theater and dance-theater companies, has done several independent films and continues to write and perform her own work, which you can read about in her original plays section.
She fuses her skills from the theater into various projects and wears many hats. She has freelanced as a political investigative on-camera reporter, producer and music journalist for Hot Indie News and WBAI Radio. She worked as a talent agent for actors on Broadway, TV and film. She is also a concert booker and career consultant for up and coming musicians. She helped produce the Women’s Health Expo for CNN in 2008, produced events, concerts, fundraisers, comedy shows, and parties for the past nine years. She has designed lighting for Off-Off and Off-Broadway plays. She has been a host and event coordinator for numerous non-profit fundraisers.
In 2011 she achieved one her life long dreams when she worked with the historic political theater, The Public Theater, as an Audience Development Consultant. She produced an event with Diplomats from the United Nations, artists from nearly every country in the Middle East, & numerous peace organizations, dubbing the night “Peace in the Middle East.” Fueled by her time at the Public she has been primarily focusing on performance activism. She is currently developing an exciting Anthropological educational tour for her third original play Prehistoric Love and is developing her fourth play about the 2011 Global Revolutions, entitled “Lifting the Veil”. Other projects coming down the pipeline!