Ianthe Demos is the Artistic Director of OYL (One Year Lease), a New York City-based theater company. OYL premieres bold international works of theater in New York City. OYL advocates physically powerful, ensemble-based theater while creating worlds that are raw, poetic and visceral.
OYL runs an annual Apprentice Program in northern Greece for students from across the United States. The program seeks to inspire the individual theater artist and investigate the possibilities of the theatrical experience. To date, 47 students have participated from educational institutions across the USA including CalArts, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, Columbia, Harvard, Muhlenberg, NYU, Princeton, Reed, Rice, USC, and Vassar.
Critics have described OYL productions as “vividly acted” (Charles Isherwood, New York Times), “shadowcut theatrical witchcraft” (Scott Brown, New York Magazine), “exhilarating” (Eric Sunderman, Village Voice), “Best of Theater 2012” (Bess Rowen, Huffington Post) and “brilliant artistry” (Hayley Levitt, Theatermania)
With OYL Ianthe has directed Pamela Carter’s What We Know, Mark Ravenhill’s pool (no water), Clay Mcleod Chapman’s Teaser Cow, Eugene Ionesco’s The Bald Soprano, Brendan Cowell’s Bed, Caridad Svich’s Iphigenia Crash Land Falls on the Neon Shell that Was Once her Heart (a rave fable) and PHAEDRA x 3 (Jean Racine’s Phèdre, Matthew Maguire’s Phaedra and Sarah Kane’s Phaedra’s Love) among many other works.
Ianthe directed Aristophanes’ Lysistrata and Sarah Ruhl’s Eurydice at Vassar College in 2012/2013. In the fall of 2013 Ianthe directed Antigonick by Sophocles, translated by Anne Carson at the Loeb Center in Boston for Harvard. Ianthe also serves as Vice President of CAMI Spectrum, a division of Columbia Artists Management.