Directing, Dramaturgy & Literary

I’ve been directing for theatre professionally since 2002 in a wide range of productions, on occasion also writing and devising.  שיר פרייבך / במאית, דרמטורגית ומתרגמת

I’ve been working as Dramaturg on new works by various playwrights, screenwriters, and choreographers since 2000, while also holding Literary/Reader positions for two major theatre entities.

   I am a member of Stage Directors UK (SDUK).

  I’ve also been a member of the British Dramaturgs’ Network since 2012.


My work in those areas to date includes:

2019 >
TALOOY [Suspended]a new contemporary circus work for two female artists and one 9-meter-high rope, about dependency in relationships, premiered in December 2019 and will tour in 2020. (Director & Writer)

HORTENSIA UNLIMITED – a new multimedia femmage to Swiss scholar Hortensia von Salis (1659-1715), had its world premier in June in Chur, Switzerland. Featuring a strong and diverse cast, the production is a tapestry of live visuals, soundscapes, music and storytelling. (Director & Co-Writer)

ZA’ATAR RAIN – a revised version of the play written and performed by Maya Goldstein. A realistic fantasy about a girl, a pigeon, a sheep (!) and the desire to cross enemy lines. Premièred in London in June 2019(Director, Dramaturg & additional text writer)

2018 >
RADIO LUKULLUS: Freundliche Propaganda für wandelndes Publikum [Friendly Propaganda for the Wandering Public] – a new theatre work for FRECH – die Freilichtspiele Chur, Switzerland, with director Julian M. Grünthal; exploring information manipulation through the broadcasting of a radio play by Brecht and Steffin in 1940. Featuring 20-strong cast of professional and community actors, with five parallel and interwoven plot lines across eight locations. Part of BB18, a new Brecht project across Chur, Zurich and Bern for 2018. (Co-Director, Co-Writer & Dramaturg)

ZA’ATAR RAIN – a new play written and performed by Maya Goldstein. A realistic fantasy about a girl, a pigeon, and the desire to cross enemy lines. Premièred in London in September 2018(Director, Dramaturg & additional text writer)

FLYING COLOURS – a new play for young people by Reuben Massiah. Commissioned by the Royal Air Force Museum, London, as part of its Pilots of the Caribbean touring exhibition about Black service men and women of the RAF. (Dramaturg)

2017 >
– re-examining and restructuring a piece for 9 dancers of the Italian contemporary dance company Fattoria Vittadini, premiered at MILANoLTRE 2017 FESTIVAL. (Dramaturg)

2016-2017 >
Working with MA Performance Making artists at Goldsmiths University on their final degree show performance pieces. (Dramaturg & Mentor) 

2015 >
– working with rapper Potent Whisper, and collaborating with young people experiencing homelessness (via Cardboard Citizens), we developed a short immersive play featuring a young, homeless female busker; a Muslim immigrant; and a policeman who grew up in the care system. This play was performed on high streets in England to  great effect, as part of the national touring project Raw Roads. Commissioned by Raw Material and supported by Arts Council England. (Director & Dramaturg)

2014 >
– developing a new play about the challenges of immigration and staging volatile lives, based on true stories. After Strange Hands by Beyne Getahon & Shir Freibach, directed by Shir Freibach and performed in Hebrew and Amharic in 2010. (Co-Writer)

SHAFTED?! [Edinburgh]  a new version of the 2013 HIV cabaret about the realities of life with HIV in the UK, featuring a new protagonist and show elements such as the HIV and Antibodies catwalk fight. Played at the Pleasance Cabaret Bar, Edinburgh. (Co-Writer)

2013 >
 [Glasgow] – a cabaret/performance/variety show about the realities of life with HIV in the UK. Premièred as part of The Arches LIVE Festival, Glasgow. (Director, Dramaturg & Co-Writer)

FROLLEIN RACHE [Maiden Vengeance] – a theatre project about perceptions of justice in society and the performer and audience’s shared desire for extreme entertainment, created in collaboration with Julian M. Grünthal. The multi-cultural cast included artists from China, Germany, Switzerland, Israel and Hungary. The show toured Lucerne, Zurich, Bern and Aarau. Information about the production in German. (Co- Director & Co-Writer)

2012 >
by Shir Freibach, performed as part of Little Pieces of Gold at Southwark Playhouse, London. (Writer)

I KNOW THIS SONG – an original show for young people about classical music, including a 28-strong orchestra, a conductor and an one angry young man. Commissioned by the Israel Chamber Orchestra. (Director & Writer)

2011 >
MY TRUE SELF – a 45-minute choreography for 11 dancers by Maya Weinberg, Fattoria Vittadini Dance Company, Italy. Video interview in Italian with English subtitles. (Dramaturg & Creative Acting Director)

FACEVALUE by Hagay Lober, Aspaklarya Jewish Theatre. (Director & Dramaturg)

PICNIC by William Inge, Beit Zvi Academy of Performing Arts. (Director)

HOUSE OF BERNARDA ALBA by Federico García Lorca, Beit Zvi Academy of Performing Arts. (Director)

2010 >
THE BUS by Lukas Bärfuss, 400ASA production, Acco Festival for Alternative Theatre. (Co-Director, Translator & Performer)

DEAD-HAPPY – a solo performance work by Shir Freibach & Maya Weinberg about the power of fantasy, A-Genre Festival, Tmu-na Theatre. (Director, Co-Writer & Performer)

STRANGE HANDS – a groundbreaking play about Ethiopian emigrants and domestic violence by Beyne Getahon & Shir Freibach. Based on true stories. Performed in Hebrew and Amharic. A Nefesh Theatre production. (Director & Co-Writer)

2009-2010 >
Senior Reader 
and Artistic Committee Member for Theaterneto Festival – reading and selecting new plays to be produced at this prestigious mono-dramas festival, followed by overseeing and consulting the production of the selected plays through to opening night.

2009 >
DANGEROUS LIAISONS by Christopher Hampton, Beit Zvi Academy of Performing Arts. (Director)

VITAL SIGNS by Jane Martin, ActSearch production. (Director & Translator)

2008 >
WHAT WE DID TO WEINSTEIN by Ryan Craig, Habima National Theatre as part of a Contemporary Political Plays collaboration with the National Theatre, UK. (Director & Translator)

BLOOD WEDDING by Federico García Lorca, Beit Zvi Academy of Performing Arts. (Director)

2007 >
DON’T CALL ME YIHYE by Shimon Sayani, produced by Eastward Stage. Based on the playwright’s personal stories of life in Yemen and the challenges of adapting to the new land he emigrated to at a young age. (Director & Dramaturg)

ELECTRA by Euripides, Beit Zvi Academy of Performing Arts. (Director)

HOME FREE by Lanford Wilson, Beit Zvi Academy production. (Director)

DON JUAN RETURNS FROM THE WAR by Von Horváth, Beit Zvi Academy of Performing Arts. (Director)

2006 >
CHOCOLATE  a multi artform play for children including puppet and human characters, about dealing with secrets of child abuse by Abeer Haddad & Ronit Chacham, Haifa International Children’s Theatre Festival. The Production won four awards. (Director & Dramaturg)

THE MADNESS OF ESME AND SHAZ by Sarah Daniels, Beit Zvi Academy production. (Director)

THE KILLING OF SISTER GEORGE by Frank Marcus, Beit Zvi Academy production. (Director & Translator)

2005-2006 >
U.K. Representative
 of Habima National Theatre, Israel – reporting to Artistic Director Ilan Ronen, my main responsibility was to search for new plays for Habima’s repertoire by means of reading scripts, watching productions, and networking with writers, agents and theatre practitioners.

2004 >
JANIS (Interview With a Rock Legend)
 by Roy Smiles, Habima National Theatre. (Director & Translator)

2003 >
 by Ariel Ephraim Eshbal, Acco Festival for Alternative Theatre – an experimental show about life with nuclear weapons. The production won Best Play award at the festival. (Dramaturg & Translator)

2002 >
 by William Mastrosimone, Productions. A review in Hebrew. (Director & Translator)