I make musicals happen.

Ilana Ransom Toeplitz is a director/choreographer specializing in new work, comedy, and musical theatre.  
In the world of new work, Ilana has developed and directed the premieres of MY PRECIOUS SNUGGLEFLUFF by Nadav Weisel and Britt Bonney (Lincoln Center – Reading), JULIET AND JULIET by Natalie Tenenbaum (York Theatre – Reading), ARE YOU THERE, MORGAN FREEMAN (NYMF), BIG BABIES by Matthew Wilkas (Berkshire Theatre Group), THE BRONTE STORIES by Katie Palmer, Sarah Ziegler & Lucas Tahiruzzaman Syed (New York Theatre Barn), SPELLBOUND: A PERFECT MUSICAL FAIRYTALE by Ben Boecker, SO SWEET! The Music of Eric Dietz (New York Theatre Barn), ALL THE WALLS by Eric Dietz, MARISOL: THE MAIL-ORDER COUNTRY MUSIC STAR by Ben Boecker and Laurel Haines (Manhattan Musical Theatre Lab), CRUDE by Maureen Condon (NYMF), SHARK ATTACK! by Jordan Wolfe and Patrick Kelly, and IF THE GLOVE FITS by Louise Schwarz (RAL Productions). 
Ilana directed the original cast of REEFER MADNESS in 2014 featuring Alan Cumming at New World Stages (in benefit for BabyQuest) and in 2015 at 54 Below (10th Anniversary Concert). Other favorite Director/Choreographer credits include THE DROWSY CHAPERONE and the TheatreWorksUSA tours of CLICK, CLACK, MOO! and A CHRISTMAS CAROL.

As a choreographer, Ilana worked on the mainstage productions of MARY POPPINS, SEUSSICAL, and FINIAN’S RAINBOW with Berkshire Theatre Group, and SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN at Watertown Children’s Theatre.

Ilana did the album editing and librettos for the Sondheim revivals of MARRY ME A LITTLE and the new SYMPHONIC SONDHEIM ON SONDHEIM which premiered this past summer with the Boston Pops at Symphony Hall and Tanglewood. 
On Broadway, Ilana was Leigh Silverman’s Assistant Director on the 2014 Tony-Nominated revival of VIOLET starring Sutton Foster. Ilana was the Associate Director for the national tours of DIRTY DANCING: THE CLASSIC STORY ON STAGE (2017-2018, dir: Sarna Lapine) and A CHRISTMAS STORY: THE MUSICAL! (2014-2015, dir: Matt Lenz, chor: Warren Carlyle).

Ilana holds assistant or associate credits with Sarna Lapine, Leigh Silverman, Susan Stroman, Joe Calarco, Martin Charnin, Dan Knechtges, Baayork Lee, and with Signature Theatre (VA), Second Stage Theatre (NYC), New York City Center – Encores!, The Huntington Theatre, Keen Company, Pittsburgh CLO (Assistant Choreographer for the 2012 season), and the York Theatre Company. Ilana was the Assistant Director on the 2017 Peabody-Award winning podcast “The Unexplainable Disappearance of Mars Patel”.
Offstage, Ilana holds guest teaching artist titles with Berkshire Theatre Group and Clark University. Ilana also sits on the Young Professional Advisory Committee (Gloria Steinem’s MS Foundation) and volunteers with the Young Patron’s Circle of the American Friends of the Israel Philharmonic (AFIPO).
Ilana was photographed and featured in Gabriela Herman’s book “The Kids: Children of L. G. B. T. Q. Parents”. Ilana is a proud Pittsburgh native and Drama League Directing Fellow. 



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