MIKE YIONOULIS is a composer, songwriter and performer who works in film, television and theatre.
As a composer and sound designer for the theatre, his work includes the New York premieres of Richard Greenberg’s Three Days of Rain at Manhattan Theatre Club and Everett Beekin at Lincoln Center Theatre, Nicky Silver’s The Maiden’s Prayer at New York’s Vineyard Theatre, as well as the critically acclaimed Ohio State Murders (2008 Lortel Award for Best Revival) and Sore Throats for Theatre for a New Audience.
Regionally, his compositions and sound designs have been heard in productions at South Coast Rep, Portland Stage, Pennsylvania Stage, PlayMakers Rep, Yale Repertory Theatre, and the Williamstown Theatre Festival, to name a few. He also wrote the finale for Kenneth Feld’s Madhattan, the inaugural production at the New York, New York Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.
His musical adaptations of Euripides’ Medea (appropriately entitled Medea) and Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex (inappropriately, Oedipus Rox) have been performed around the country, and Flights of Angels, an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Hamlet that he’s been developing with Director Evan Yionoulis, received a workshop at New York’s Second Stage with an all-star cast, including Brian D’Arcy James in the title role. He again collaborated with Ms. Yionoulis, along with Catherine Sheehy, on a modern adaptation of Carlo Gozzi’s The King Stag, for which he also wrote the music and lyrics. It premiered at the Yale Repertory Theatre in 2004.
Mike has scored several films, including the independent feature Homecoming, and he’s contributed music to a variety of projects that have aired on CNN, the Canadian Broadcasting Co., and several local television and radio stations around the US. He co-wrote and scored the short film Lost and Found (again with Director Evan Yionoulis), which premiered at the Cleveland International Film Festival and received Honorable Mention from the Rochester International Film Festival. Mike made his directoral debut with the three-part musical experiment, RGB (the same 4-minute short film set to three different pieces of his music).
He’s served as a guest artist and lecturer for several educational institutions, including the Yale School of Drama, NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, and UNC-Chapel Hill, among others.
Earlier this century, Mike was a member of the infamous gutterpop band SWAMI, and he has performed either solo or with his own band, Visceral Bliss, on recordings and at venues in and around the New York City area.
Mike’s most recent work revolves around the epic transmedia project, Redhand Guitar, which began as a musical theatre piece for which he wrote the score and lyrics and, with his long-time collaborator, Director Evan Yionoulis, co-wrote the book. The project has since evolved to include the development of screenplays for both a full-length feature and video shorts, a graphic novel, an interactive social media project, and a multi- CD collection of original songs spanning a century of American musical genres, all revolving around the characters and the storyworld of the original stage version. Redhand Guitar was a finalist for the 2009 Richard Rodgers Award, and received a two-week staged workshop at the prestigious Arena Stage in Washington DC during their fall season of the same year.
The following website contains examples of his past work spanning a variety of musical styles. Thanks for visiting!