I’ve been directing for theatre professionally since 2002 in a wide range of productions (with rare stints as writer/deviser).
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. Since 2012 I have been a member of the Dramaturgs’ Network in the UK.
My work in those areas to date includes:
INVISIBLE – working with rapper Potent Whisper, and collaborating with young people experiencing homelessness (via Cardboard Citizens), we developed a short play featuring a young, homeless female busker; a Muslim immigrant; and a policeman who grew up in the care system. This play was performed as an immersive show on high streets in England to a great affect, as part of the national touring project Raw Roads. Commissioned by Raw Material and supported by Arts Council England. (Dramaturg & Director)
BEZZAH LAND – 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 & Amharic in 2010 (Co-Writer)
SHAFTED?! – 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)
SHAFTED?! – a cabaret/performance/variety show about the realities of life with HIV in the UK. Premièred as part of The Arches LIVE Festival, Glasgow. Information about the show (Dramaturg/Co-Writer/Director)
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 Gruenthal. 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-Writer & Director)
MAYBE NINA 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 (Writer & Director)
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 (Dramaturg & Director)
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)
THE BUS by Lukas Bärfuss, 400ASA production, Acco Festival for Alternative Theatre (Translator/Co-Director/Performer)
DEAD-HAPPY, a solo performance work by Shir Freibach & Maya Weinberg about the power of fantasy, A-Genre Festival, Tmu-na Theatre (Co-Writer/Director/Performer)
STRANGE HANDS a ground-breaking 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 (Co-Writer & Director)
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.
DANGEROUS LIAISONS by Christopher Hampton, Beit Zvi Academy of Performing Arts (Director)
VITAL SIGNS by Jane Martin, ActSearch production (Translator & Director)
WHAT WE DID TO WEINSTEIN by Ryan Craig, Habima National Theatre as part of a Contemporary Political Plays collaboration with the National Theatre, UK (Translator & Director)
BLOOD WEDDING by Federico García Lorca, Beit Zvi Academy of Performing Arts (Director)
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 (Dramaturg & Director)
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)
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 (Dramaturg & Director)
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 (Translator & Director)
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.
JANIS (Interview With a Rock Legend) by Roy Smiles, Habima National Theatre (Translator & Director)
Nucleii 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)
THE WOOLGATHERER by William Mastrosimone, B.here Productions. A review in Hebrew (Translator & Director)