Joann María Yarrow was born in Barranquilla, Colombia and directs, choreographs, and produces theater and film around the world. Currently she is the Artistic Director of Teatro Prometeo, the nation’s only Spanish-language Acting Conservatory under an academic institution (Miami Dade College) and the one of the most reputable Hispanic theatre organizations.
As a director and choreographer, she has presented theater in Denmark, London, Madrid, Boston, New York, Los Angeles and Brazil. Joann is co-founder of A Laboratory for Actor Training in New York, a company created with Vernice Miller after working and training with Odin Teatret in Denmark.
Ms. Yarrow received her BFA from Boston University and her M.F.A. in directing from the University of California at Irvine. She has taught at the Universidad de Alcalá in Madrid, the NYU Madrid Program, and Union College. She co-directed the film “Unspoken” as well as produced the documentary, "Beyond Offence," dealing with issues of diversity.
With Prometeo she has directed productions for the International Hispanic Theatre Festival, toured performances to the Dominican Republic, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Boston, Los Angeles and New York. She was honored by the Miami Herald as one of South Florida’s top 20 Artists. She is a featured director in the book “The art and practice of directing in Latin America: Central America and United States,” and her adaptation and translation of Oliver Mayer’s Filo al fuego has been included in the Tramoya Anthology, 2014. Prometeo is the recipient of the Knight Foundation Challenge Grant to develop Play time! An International Theatre Festival for Children with Teatro Prometeo and Joann is collaborating with Broadway puppet artist Jim Hammond to premier their production at the Miami Book Fair International.