A tWo Day ONliNE IntErnationAL GaThEring oF TheatRe peoplE
Whether we're under lockdown, in isolation, or preparing for the next wave, we haven't physically gone to the theater as before, we haven't travelled abroad and met people from other countries, and we haven't talked about making theatre, but we've talked a lot about its absence.
This is our opportunity to change that. Theatre of Uncertainty is a gathering of theatre people who would like to be inspired by one another while wrestling with the questions we’re all asking in the shadow of COVID-19.

 

We're excited to discuss these questions with you while experiencing one performance, four online sessions and most of all, spending time with one another. You're invited below to meet the artists, artistic directors, scholars, and theatre professionals who will start the conversations on Audience and Community, Theatre Formats and Mediums, Cultural Policy, and Theatre Education.

 

We're looking forward to meeting you and hearing the questions you've been asking during this time,

Artistic Director
Nataly Zukerman
Artistic Director
Moshe Perlstein
How: online international conference ~ Zoom
When: 14-15.10 @ 16:00 & 20:00 Israel time
With: scroll to check out more!
14.10.2020
Wed.
16:00-18:00 Israel time
Education ◊ Distance
A panel discussion on the unique challenges of teaching and training the next generation of theater makers, while socially distanced. Followed by a Q&A.
Moderator
Prof. Gad Kaynar Kissinger (Israel)
Professor (emeritus) at Tel Aviv University
Prof. for Theatre Studies, Tel Aviv University, LMU Munich, Venice VIU. Specializing in Israeli, German and Scandanavian drama, Dramaturgy, Theatre and Education. Stage and screen actor, director; poet (published 8 volumes in Hebrew; translated info English, Spanish, Protugese, Greek and Arabic. Bearer of the ASI award for poetry). Editor of TEATRON, Israeli Theatre Magazine. Drama translator from German, English, Norwegian and Swedish. Knighted by the Norwegian king for his Ibsen translation and research.
Speaker
Prof. Evan Yionoulis (USA)
Richard Rodgers Dean and Director of the Drama Division at The Juilliard School
Evan is an Obie award-winning director and nationally-recognized teacher of acting. She comes to Juilliard after twenty years on the faculty of Yale School of Drama, where she was a professor in the practice of acting and directing and a resident director at Yale Repertory Theatre. She was Lloyd Richards chair of the department of acting there from 1998 to 2003.

She has directed new plays and classics in New York and across the U.S., enjoying collaborations with major American playwrights, including Adrienne Kennedy and Richard Greenberg. She directed the critically acclaimed world premiere of Kennedy’s He Brought Her Heart Back in a Box for Theatre for a New Audience, where she previously directed her Ohio State Murders (Lortel Award for Best Revival) and the Off-Broadway premiere of Howard Brenton’s Sore Throats. She opened Manhattan Theatre Club’s Biltmore Theatre (Broadway) with Greenberg’s The Violet Hour, directed his Everett Beekin at Lincoln Center Theater, and received an Obie Award for her direction of his Three Days of Rain at Manhattan Theatre Club, having directed the premieres of all three at South Coast Repertory.

At Yale Repertory Theatre, she has directed Cymbeline, Richard II, The Master Builder, George F. Walker’s Heaven, Brecht’s Galileo, Gozzi’s The King Stag (which she adapted with her brother, composer Mike Yionoulis and Catherine Sheehy), Caryl Churchill’s Owners, the world premiere of Kirsten Greenidge’s Bossa Nova, and numerous other productions including Kiss, by Guillermo Calderón.

Other credits include productions at the Mark Taper Forum, the Huntington, NY Shakespeare Festival, the Vineyard, Second Stage, Primary Stages, Dallas Theatre Center, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Denver Center, Williamstown Theatre Festival, and many others.

She directed Seven, a documentary theatre piece about extraordinary women from across the globe who work for human rights, in New York, Boston, Washington, Aspen, London, Deauville, and New Delhi.

Her short film, Lost and Found, made with Mike Yionoulis, premiered at Cleveland International Film Festival. Their most recent collaborations are the multi-platform project Redhand Guitar, about five generations of musicians across an American century, and The Dread Pirate Project, about the malleability of identity between the digital and natural worlds.

She has received a Princess Grace Foundation Fellowship, Works-in-Progress Grant, and the foundation’s prestigious Statuette. She serves as president of the executive board of SDC, the U.S. national labor union representing stage directors and choreographers.

Speaker
Joyce Deans (Scotland)
Head of Acting at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
Joyce Deans studied at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS) in Glasgow and École Jacques Lecoq in Paris. Following her training, she worked as an actor, acting teacher and freelance director before taking on the role of Head of Acting at the RCS 10 years ago. She continues her International collaborations through her association with, and as a board member of E:UTSA (Europe: Union of Theatre of Schools and Academies).
Speaker
Maya Levy (Israel)
Director of the School of Visual Theatre
Born in 1978. Choreographer and body work teacher. Maya graduated from the School of Visual Theatre in 2004, and has served as the director of the school since 2017.
20:00-22:00 Israel time
Audience Ω Isolation
Three conversations about creators, audience, community, and how to make connections when gathering in person isn’t an option. Followed by a Q&A.
Moderator
Dr. Lee Perlman (Israel)
Associate, Ethics Center at Brandeis University
Author of "But Abu Ibrahim, We're Family!", a critical study on Palestinian-Jewish theatre cooperation in Israel (The Tami Steinmetz Center for Peace Research, Tel Aviv University, 2017) and Tel Aviv-based associate of Brandeis University’s International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life, where he is part of the leadership team of IMPACT: Imagining Together: Platform for Arts, Culture and Conflict Transformation (ACCT), a global collaboration to design and activate strategies to strengthen the arts, culture and conflict transformation ecosystem.

Lee is a leading thinker and social entrepreneur in harnessing the power of creativity and the arts for social transformation. He researches arts, politics and cultural policy and seeks to understand and influence how artists create social change and open dialogue in conflict zones and divided societies.

Speaker
Jess Thorpe (Scotland)
Associate Director (Engage) at Dundee Rep and Scottish Dance Theatre
Jess has worked in Scotland and internationally for over 16 years making new performance work with communities and individuals with an emphasis on autobiography and social engagement. She is also co-Artistic Director of the creative partnership Glass Performance through which she also developed long term initiatives such young people's performance company Junction 25 and Polmont Youth Theatre, the first youth theatre in a Scottish prison. In 2015 Junction 25 won a CATS Whiskers for an outstanding contribution to Scottish theatre.

Alongside this work, she is currently part-time Lecturer in the Arts in Justice at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland where she designs and delivers creative projects in prisons and with communities affected by crime. She is a founder and trustee of Justice and Arts Scotland (formally SPAN) an organisation dedicated to developing creative work in Scottish prisons and post-release. Jess is an artist and consultant with the International Schools Theatre Association (ISTA), where she has led projects across the world.

Jess has published a large number of articles around the use of the Arts in socially engaged contexts and in 2019 released her first book 'A Beginners Guide to Devising Theatre' co-written with her long time collaborator Tashi Gore for Bloomsbury.

Speaker
Nataly Zukerman (Israel)
Artist, Dramaturge, Lecturer and Artistic Director
Nataly is an independent Performance Artist. In the last twenty years, she has created and participated in various performance and theatreworks around the world. Her works are interdisciplinary, combining devisedtheatre, live art, dance and autobiographical materials. In them, she dealsmainly with the notion of identity and disability.

In the past few years, she created and performed in the shows: "Practice Makes Perfect" for which she won Best Performer at the 2015 Acco Festival of Alternative Israeli Theatre, "A Family Tree" (part of "A Broken Phone" event), and "The Other Body" for which she won Best Performer at the 2014 Israeli Fringe Awards (created together with Atalia Branzburg).

She works as a lecturer in the Theatre Department of Tel Aviv University and Kibbutzim College of Education, Technology and the Arts teaching performance as well as in various programs for children and adults.

Nataly is a freelance dramaturg working with different artists from the dance and theatre fields. Between the years 2018–2019, she worked as the dramaturge of the IsraDrama and International Exposure of Israeli Theatre.

She is also one of the initiators and artistic directors of "Talooy Bamakom – a Site Specific Festival" and of "Night Beat" as part of the yearly White Night celebrations in Tel Aviv.

She has a first degree in education and directing from The Kibbutzim College of Education, and another BA degree in Performance from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. In 2015, She received her Master's degree in Theater Studies from Tel Aviv University.

Speaker
David J Diamond (USA/Italy)
Curator at La MaMa Umbria International
David curates the La MaMa Umbria International Symposia annually in Spoleto, Italy. He is runs Career Coaching for Artists which presents workshops, including Directing Your Theatre Career at major universities, providing resources for navigating a career in the professional art world. He is a Fulbright Specialist in Theatre; he serves on the Steering Committee for Theatre Without Borders, where he co-produced conferences such as Socially Engaged Performance: A Global Conversation and practices Forum Theatre.
Speaker
Nenni Delmestre (Croatia)
Theatre Director at Croatian National Theatre-Split
Nenni was born in Split, Croatia, where she lived until she turns eighteen and receives a scholarship to study abroad. In 1981, she graduated from Florida International University as a Bachelor of Science in Communications Technology and in 1984 as a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre, both with high honors. Since then she has directed in Croatia, Slovenia, Italy, Venezuela, Mexico and Macedonia. She has translated numerous plays from English, Spanish and Italian and published essays on theatre in Croatia and abroad. Almost all of her 75 plays have participated in national and international festivals where they have received numerous awards.

In 2016. Neni was awarded by the President of Croatia, Kolinda Grabar Kitarović, with The National Medal – The Order of Danica Hrvatska for culture - Marko Marulić - for exceptional contribution in culture and its national and international promotion.

Nenni has been the director Director in residence at Croatian National Theatre in Split since 1997. Previously at CNT Split she served as the Artistic Drama Director and the Drama Director for the Split Summer Festival (2002-04), and the President of Theatre Council (2008-10). She was a council member of Festival Marulićevi dani - Festival of Croatian Drama (2002-14), as well as the Program Director (2009-10). She was also program director for the Festival of Croatian Drama for Children – Mali Marulić (2012-14), and the International Children’s Festival in Šibenik (2013-16). Nenni was a 2018-19 member of the committee for the Marin Držić award for Cotemporary Croatian drama - Ministry of Culture

Speaker
Aroji Otieno (Kenya)
Artistic Director of the Bold Theatre-KE
Bold Theatre-KE is a performance-art based initiative that promotes the preservation and development of Kenyan art as a tool of self-expression, social justice, and education.

Aroji was previously the Creative & Content Director of FilmAid Kenya, a communication-based humanitarian organization that disseminates life-saving information and offers psychological relief through creative media programs in Refugee Camps within East Africa. He is also the founder of Aroji Drama Academy.

Aroji has written, directed, and staged several plays within his seventeen-year career. His short-play, ‘An Eritrean Lesson’ was performed in the NOW AFRICA Festival 2016, at The National Black Theatre (New York). His article on Kenyan Theatre was published in the International Theatre Institute annual magazine (ITI-Japan) 2015. He is a beneficiary of La MaMa International Directors’ Lab, Sundance Institute Theatre Lab, Nairobi Music Theatre Initiative, Kampala International Theatre Festival, Crossing Boundaries Theatre Festival in Ethiopia, and Kerala Annual Theatre Festival.

Aroji is passionate about skills development in the arts sector and has consistently trained theatre and film practitioners since 2006. He also developed a Speech and Drama syllabus which is used as a curriculum template by some schools in Kenya. Similarly, Aroji has been committed to supporting youth and community groups pursuing theatre or film. He works with experimental street and community theatre forms, and also works with marginalized ethnic communities in Kenya like the Somali, Turkana, and other African communities located in the refugee camps. His work at the Kakuma Refugee Camp was aired on CNN, Inside Africa. Aroji blogs - when the mute bites - at www.arojiotieno.com.

Speaker
Caroline Ngorobi (Kenya)
Producer at Jukwaa Arts Productions
Caroline is a theatre producer and performer from Mombasa Kenya. She joined the theatre scene in 2005 in Nairobi as an actor featuring in a number of stage plays, films and has been a voice artist with Deutsche Welle. She believes every experience is a story waiting to be told. She moved to Mombasa where she founded Jukwaa Arts Productions in 2015. Since then she has worked as a producer and performer.

Her work fuses drama, movement and poetry. She uses applied theatre to tell contemporary stories. She has began experimenting with physical theatre to promote and preserve culture while exploring its intersection with emerging and popular culture. Her work involves using the transformative tool of theatre to evoke emotions and provoke thought on touchy subjects like sexual harassment, juvenile crime and taboos in the African Culture.

2018, she presented a performance at the Bagamoyo International Festival of Arts and Culture in Tanzania which was facilitated by a grant from the British Council. She was also be part of the Producers Academy in Belgium and the Kunstenfestivaldesarts in 2019.

Caroline is a Bakanal De Afrique Fellow 2020 - A fellowship of multidimensional artists of African Descent and the Bay Area.

15.10.2020
Thu.
16:00-18:00 Israel time
Coronavirus ‡ Cultural Policy
Three presentations from three different countries on cultural policy during COVID-19, and how cultural institutions and artists are coping. Followed by a panel discussion and Q&A.
Moderator
Dr. Tal Feder (Israel)
Lecturer at Sapir Academic College
Tal's current research focuses on access to art and cultural policy. He received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Haifa in a joint program with Humboldt University, Berlin.
Speaker
Eyal Sher (Israel)
Director of the Israel Festival and of the Jerusalem Jazz Festival
Eyal was previously the Director of the Art and Culture Department of the Jerusalem Foundation, Deputy Director of the Jerusalem Cinematheque/Israel Film Archives and producer of the annual International Jerusalem Film Festival. He has written, directed and produced numerous films, TV series and documentaries.
Speaker
Marina Andreykina (Russia)
Executive manager at Chekhov Moscow Art Theatre
Ph.D. in Economics; expert in the economics of culture; arts & culture IP expert. Marina has 25+ years of lecturing experience at leading universities in Russia and other countries. Previously, she was the executive manager at Electrotheatre. Since 2018, she has served as the executive manager at the Chekhov Moscow Art Theatre.
Speaker
Sasapin Siriwanij (Thailand)
Artistic Director at BIPAM - Bangkok International Performing Arts Meeting
Alongside serving as Artistic Director of BIPAM since 2018, Sasapin is a Bangkok-based performer, director, and producer. She is a core member of B-Floor Theatre and co-founder of For What Theatre.
Speaker
Dr. Tom Fleming (England)
Director at Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy (TFCC)
Tom is a leading authority on cultural policy and the creative economy. He works internationally on evidence-based approaches which position culture to the heart of inclusive and sustainable development. Clients include governments, municipalities and cultural institutions.
20:00-22:00 Israel time
Mediums ∆ Formats
Artists and cultural entrepreneurs present a variety of theatre projects that have responded to the global pandemic. Followed by a panel discussion and Q&A.
Moderator - Group 1
Jason Morris Danino Holt (Israel)
Artist and Artistic Director at Habait Theatre Jaffa
Jason is a multi disciplinary artist - founder of self titled, Tel Aviv-based indie creation group. He’s also a playwright, theatre & documentary director, performer, published writer, translator (English to Hebrew), visual artist, teacher, and cultural entrepreneur.
Speaker - Group 1
Christine Mayor (Canada/Bermuda)
Wilfrid Laurier University
With an MA and BCT/RDT, Christine is a PhD Candidate at Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada, where her research and teaching focus on trauma, school-based drama therapy, anti-racism, arts-based research, and Developmental Transformations and Theatre of the Oppressed approaches. She currently serves as the Associate Editor of Drama Therapy Review, and was the joint recipient of the North American Drama Therapy Association’s 2016 Research Award. Christine is the former Director of Public Health and Policy at the Post Traumatic Stress Center and a school-based trauma program (now) called The Miss Kendra Program in New Haven, CT.
Speaker - Group 1
Dana Etgar (Israel)
Theatre Director, Performer & Teacher
Dana received her MA in Advanced Theatre Practice from RCSSD and her BA in Directing and Teaching Theatre from Seminar Hakibuzim College in Israel. She is dedicated to creating new performance work that tackles the personal and the political.

Important performances include Comfort Object, created with Rotem Volk at Habait Theatre (2020), Terra Incognita, which premiered at the Tmu-na Theatre Festival (2020),The head comes last, which she both wrote and performed in (2017), Rak Behazba'a, a show about the Israeli education sistem for which Dana served as performer and dramaturge (2017), The ME which she performed at the Garage Theatre in Norwich and at Edinburgh (2015), and unprecribed, which she performed in London and at Edinburgh fringe festival with the Sun Apparatus Theatre company (2013).

Speaker - Group 1
Dr. Erez Maayan Shalev (Israel)
Researcher, multidisciplinary artist, and artistic director
Erez has a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in plant biotechnology. He studied acting at the Yoram Loewenstein Acting Studio and has a Ph.D. in performance studies from Tel Aviv University. Erez is a multidisciplinary artist whose practice includes theatre, dance and performance art. His work has been shown in Israel and internationally in theatres, galleries and festivals. In addition to his own artistic practice, Erez has served as artistic director in several art festivals and events and he teaches theory and composition at a variety of institutions.
Speaker - Group 1
Feodor Elutin (Russia)
Founder of Impresario - Theatre Production Company
Impresario is a Moscow based independent theatre production company founded by Feodor in 2014 searching for theatre’s latest masterpieces from all over the world and bringing them to Russian spectators.
Speaker - Group 1
Maya Magnat (Israel)
Performance artist, researcher and educator
Maya’s artistic work and research deals with mediated intimacy, sexuality and technology, and interactive art and games. She is interested in finding different ways to create new kinds of intimacy using technology.
Speaker - Group 1
Dr. Nisha Sajnani (USA/Canda)
Director of the Program in Drama Therapy and the Theatre & Health Lab at NYU - New York University
Nisha’s artistic and written scholarship reflects concerns with improvisation, memory, care, and place. She is the Editor of Drama Therapy Review, founding member of the World Alliance of Dramatherapy, and president of the Foundation for the Arts and Trauma.
Speaker - Group 1
Rainer Hofmann (Netherlands)
Artistic Director at SPRING Performing Arts Festival
Rainer has worked in different functions in Germany (Theater der Welt Festival, Schauspiel Cologne) and Switzerland (Theater Neumarkt and Theaterhaus Gessnerallee Zurich, Stadttheater Bern). He serves on artistic committees and publishes in different media.
Speaker - Group 1
Rotem Volk (Israel)
Artist, Performer & educator
Rotem works at the intersection of theatre and performance. She devises interdisciplinary work for both stage and outdoors involving sound, video, installation and choreography.

Her work constantly challenges the traditional roles of performer and viewer and often reflects on political and social issues while referring to contemporary pop culture phenomena and icons. Her site specific practice involves immersive and intimate video and audio walks encouraging audience participation and personal re-engagement with the urban environment and architecture. Rotem holds a Be.D in Theatre Directing from Hakibutzim College, Tel Aviv and MA in Performance Making from Goldsmiths University, London.

Speaker - Group 1
Simon Senn (Switzerland)
Performance & Visual Artist
Simon has a BFA from the HEAD in Geneva and a Masters at Goldsmiths College in London.
Moderator - Group 2
May Zarhy (Israel)
Choreographer & Performer
May is an independent choreographer and performer. Her work ranges between stage pieces, site-specific and intervention works, under a wide definition of choreography. Being busy with the possible relation between the media of dance and music, she creates “chore-sonic” works in which she examines the materiality of movement in relation to the materiality of dance, through collaborations with artists from the field of sound, voice and music. May was a founding member of mamaza collective in Germany, together with Fabrice Mazliah and Ioannis Mandafounis. She is a graduate of the Rotterdam Dance Academy, Netherlands, and ex.e.r.ce program of choreography in Montpellier France, directed by Xavier Le Roy and Mathilde Monnier.
Speaker - Group 2
Filipp Vulakh (Russia)
Director of the NET & Access Point festivals
Director of the NET and Access Point festivals, teacher at RGII (St. Petersburg).
Speaker - Group 2
Gabriel G Torres (Colombia/USA)
Director / Community Artist
Gabriel is a multidisciplinary artist from Colombia and New York. His current projects include: “Haus of Dust” - Loisaida Inc Recent Projects: “Distant Bodies” - 2020 - The LGBT Center & Cyber Tank - NYC . “Still - Performance for Inner Peace” 2019 - Chashama - NYC Recent Theater Directing Credits: The Bearded Woman by Jei Osorio, The Tank, 2018, La Pola by Oscar Cabreira, Serials, The Flea Theater, 2018, (Assistant Dir) LES Festival For the Arts, Theater for The New City, 2018. (Artistic Director Assistant) Teaching Artist: Cue Drama, Hong Kong, 2018 Jamaica Center for The Arts - 2018.

Gabriel has directed readings and short plays with companies such as Theater Accident, Theater for The New City, The Tank NYC, Casa Ensemble Colombia, Hong Kong Arts Center, KrisP Productions Hong Kong, and many others. He has also been published by BLANK Magazine, Mr Ma’Am Literary Magazine, Eleven and a Half and the Operating Room. Gabriel has a one Year Certification from The Neighborhood Playhouse Theatre. He also holds a BA in Liberal Sciences, and he is a candidate for a Media Studies MA at The New School, with concentrations in innovative storytelling, creative community development and a graduate certificate in Media Management. Gabriel was also part of the Riggio's Honors Democracy and Writing Program, Creative Capital Professional Workshop for Artists 2019. and part of the EMERGENYC Hemisphere Institute Program 2020.

Gabriel is proud to be a community organizer, he has worked as community coordinator for Fandango For Butterflies and (Coyotes) - En Garde Arts, He is currently a Community Consultant for Outer Seed Shadow, He hosts an initiative for site specific artists gathering together with Elise Bernhardt and Irina Kruzhilina, and He is currently developing a new engagement project for under represented latinx communities with Maria Torres O’connor.

Speaker - Group 2
Dr. Ivan Medenica (Serbia)
Artistic Director at the Belgrade International Theatre Festival - BITEF
Ivan was born in Belgrade. He graduated in dramaturgy in 1995 at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade, received his master's degree at the same faculty in 2002 and received his doctorate in 2006. He studied for his scientific work in Paris, Nova Sorbonne, Paris, Trieste.

He works at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade at the Department of Theory and History, the subject of History of World Drama and Theater. He was a member and chairman of several organizational boards of international scientific symposia in the field of theater and literature, organized by “Sterija pozorje”, Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts and others.

Ivan is an active theater critic, in the Politika daily and in the weekly Vreme. He is a member of the editorial board of Teatron's theater magazine. He is currently Assistant Secretary General of the International Association of Theater Critics.

Speaker - Group 2
Jonas Klinkenberg (Germany)
Head of the Artistic Management at Westflügel Leipzig
Westflügel Leipzig is an international production centre for modern puppetry and visual theatre. Jonas also works as a freelance dramaturg and artist, with a focus on participative and immersive forms of art.
Speaker - Group 2
Maera Daniel Hagage (USA)
Founding Artistic Director at Dirty Laundry Theatre
Maera is a NYC-based actress, writer and customer success manager. Texas-born and Israeli-raised, Maera lived in Germany and Egypt and travelled the world while running ground security for EL-AL before finding home in NYC.

After graduating Visual-Communication studies at Bezalel Academy in Jerusalem, and completing a one-year conservatory at Beit-Zvi School of Performing Arts, and became an active member of the Herzlia community theatre, home, and stage for the joint work of physically disabled and non-disabled actors.

Her passion of storytelling, talent, and professional skills led her to spearhead a group of artists and found Dirty Laundry Theatre, producing and developing plays of various cultures, seeking to highlight uncommon views of the day-to-day lives beyond the stereotypical angle and raise consciousness and encourage American audience to embrace the cultural differences.

In 2018, she co-founded the Israeli-women blog “Missvada”, sharing her experiences as an Israeli woman in diaspora. In the past decade, Maera has been working for SundaySky as a Customer Success Manager, and a member of the company’s diversity committee.

Speaker - Group 2
Maksym Maksymchuk (Ukraine)
Theatre director, Dramaturge and Playwright
Ukrainian and european theatre director, dramaturge and playwright, mostly interested in alternative and participatory forms of theatre. Studied theatre in Charles University in Prague, University of Vienna, Goethe University in Frankfurt and Janáček Academy in Brno.
Speaker - Group 2
Nimrod Danishman (Israel)
Playwright and Director
Theater director, playwright and teacher, graduate of the directing program at the School of Performing Arts at the Kibbutzim College. Borders, his form work, won two nominations for the Independent Theater Award (2019) and participated in the international exposure of Israeli theater (2019) and was produced in New York and Washington (2019). From his works: ”To be honest" (Habima, 2017), "Woman to Woman" (The Playwrights, 2019), ”We are no more than this" (Tzavta, 2019), ”For real" (Tmuna, 2019).
Speaker - Group 2
Zoë Irvine (Scotland)
Artist and Sound designer
Zoë is an artist primarily working with sound. Her artworks range from carefully crafted individual pieces for broadcast and installation, to participative events. She is also a sound designer for moving image and a lecturer in sound for film and sound art.
BORDERS
13-15.10.2020
Borders opens with a dating app chat between two guys, one Israeli the other Lebanese, a conversation that grows into an impossible relationship in the shadow of the two countries' ever-increasing tension. During Israel's first quarantine, the play, which was originally written for and performed on stage, was adapted to the 'Telegram' app, which is practically expected of a play that unfolds entirely in correspondence. The virtual show will coincide with the conference.

You will be able to attend as viewers on the show's 'Telegram' group. You will either watch the live correspondence or mute the group and subsequently read the correspondence. At any point you choose to join the group, you will be able to read the chat history and catch up on what you missed. Enjoy!

13th-14th-15th October – Starting one day before the gathering, and continuing in between the gathering discussions, live play on Telegram.

Playwright & Director: Nimrod Danishman. Actors: Morad Hassan & Yoel Rozenkier. Dramaturgy: Roey Maliach Reshef. Translation from Hebrew: Adi Drori.

A live, virtual performance that will unfold online during the gathering.


A tWo Day ONliNE IntErnationAL GaThEring oF TheatRe peoplE
Whether we're under lockdown, in isolation, or preparing for the next wave, we haven't physically gone to the theater as before, we haven't travelled abroad and met people from other countries, and we haven't talked about making theatre, but we've talked a lot about its absence.
This is our opportunity to change that. Theatre of Uncertainty is a gathering of theatre people who would like to be inspired by one another while wrestling with the questions we’re all asking in the shadow of COVID-19.

 

We're excited to discuss these questions with you while experiencing one performance, four online sessions and most of all, spending time with one another. You're invited below to meet the artists, artistic directors, scholars, and theatre professionals who will start the conversations on Audience and Community, Theatre Formats and Mediums, Cultural Policy, and Theatre Education.

 

We're looking forward to meeting you and hearing the questions you've been asking during this time,

Artistic Director
Nataly Zukerman
Artistic Director
Moshe Perlstein
How: online international conference ~ Zoom
When: 14-15.10 @ 16:00 & 20:00 Israel time
With: scroll to check out more!
14.10.2020
Wed.
16:00-18:00 Israel time
Education ◊ Distance
A panel discussion on the unique challenges of teaching and training the next generation of theater makers, while socially distanced. Followed by a Q&A.
Moderator
Prof. Gad Kaynar Kissinger (Israel)
Professor (emeritus) at Tel Aviv University
Prof. for Theatre Studies, Tel Aviv University, LMU Munich, Venice VIU. Specializing in Israeli, German and Scandanavian drama, Dramaturgy, Theatre and Education. Stage and screen actor, director; poet (published 8 volumes in Hebrew; translated info English, Spanish, Protugese, Greek and Arabic. Bearer of the ASI award for poetry). Editor of TEATRON, Israeli Theatre Magazine. Drama translator from German, English, Norwegian and Swedish. Knighted by the Norwegian king for his Ibsen translation and research.
Speaker
Prof. Evan Yionoulis (USA)
Richard Rodgers Dean and Director of the Drama Division at The Juilliard School
Evan is an Obie award-winning director and nationally-recognized teacher of acting. She comes to Juilliard after twenty years on the faculty of Yale School of Drama, where she was a professor in the practice of acting and directing and a resident director at Yale Repertory Theatre. She was Lloyd Richards chair of the department of acting there from 1998 to 2003.

She has directed new plays and classics in New York and across the U.S., enjoying collaborations with major American playwrights, including Adrienne Kennedy and Richard Greenberg. She directed the critically acclaimed world premiere of Kennedy’s He Brought Her Heart Back in a Box for Theatre for a New Audience, where she previously directed her Ohio State Murders (Lortel Award for Best Revival) and the Off-Broadway premiere of Howard Brenton’s Sore Throats. She opened Manhattan Theatre Club’s Biltmore Theatre (Broadway) with Greenberg’s The Violet Hour, directed his Everett Beekin at Lincoln Center Theater, and received an Obie Award for her direction of his Three Days of Rain at Manhattan Theatre Club, having directed the premieres of all three at South Coast Repertory.

At Yale Repertory Theatre, she has directed Cymbeline, Richard II, The Master Builder, George F. Walker’s Heaven, Brecht’s Galileo, Gozzi’s The King Stag (which she adapted with her brother, composer Mike Yionoulis and Catherine Sheehy), Caryl Churchill’s Owners, the world premiere of Kirsten Greenidge’s Bossa Nova, and numerous other productions including Kiss, by Guillermo Calderón.

Other credits include productions at the Mark Taper Forum, the Huntington, NY Shakespeare Festival, the Vineyard, Second Stage, Primary Stages, Dallas Theatre Center, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Denver Center, Williamstown Theatre Festival, and many others.

She directed Seven, a documentary theatre piece about extraordinary women from across the globe who work for human rights, in New York, Boston, Washington, Aspen, London, Deauville, and New Delhi.

Her short film, Lost and Found, made with Mike Yionoulis, premiered at Cleveland International Film Festival. Their most recent collaborations are the multi-platform project Redhand Guitar, about five generations of musicians across an American century, and The Dread Pirate Project, about the malleability of identity between the digital and natural worlds.

She has received a Princess Grace Foundation Fellowship, Works-in-Progress Grant, and the foundation’s prestigious Statuette. She serves as president of the executive board of SDC, the U.S. national labor union representing stage directors and choreographers.

Speaker
Joyce Deans (Scotland)
Head of Acting at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
Joyce Deans studied at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (RCS) in Glasgow and École Jacques Lecoq in Paris. Following her training, she worked as an actor, acting teacher and freelance director before taking on the role of Head of Acting at the RCS 10 years ago. She continues her International collaborations through her association with, and as a board member of E:UTSA (Europe: Union of Theatre of Schools and Academies).
Speaker
Maya Levy (Israel)
Director of the School of Visual Theatre
Born in 1978. Choreographer and body work teacher. Maya graduated from the School of Visual Theatre in 2004, and has served as the director of the school since 2017.
20:00-22:00 Israel time
Audience Ω Isolation
Three conversations about creators, audience, community, and how to make connections when gathering in person isn’t an option. Followed by a Q&A.
Moderator
Dr. Lee Perlman (Israel)
Associate, Ethics Center at Brandeis University
Author of "But Abu Ibrahim, We're Family!", a critical study on Palestinian-Jewish theatre cooperation in Israel (The Tami Steinmetz Center for Peace Research, Tel Aviv University, 2017) and Tel Aviv-based associate of Brandeis University’s International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life, where he is part of the leadership team of IMPACT: Imagining Together: Platform for Arts, Culture and Conflict Transformation (ACCT), a global collaboration to design and activate strategies to strengthen the arts, culture and conflict transformation ecosystem.

Lee is a leading thinker and social entrepreneur in harnessing the power of creativity and the arts for social transformation. He researches arts, politics and cultural policy and seeks to understand and influence how artists create social change and open dialogue in conflict zones and divided societies.

Speaker
Jess Thorpe (Scotland)
Associate Director (Engage) at Dundee Rep and Scottish Dance Theatre
Jess has worked in Scotland and internationally for over 16 years making new performance work with communities and individuals with an emphasis on autobiography and social engagement. She is also co-Artistic Director of the creative partnership Glass Performance through which she also developed long term initiatives such young people's performance company Junction 25 and Polmont Youth Theatre, the first youth theatre in a Scottish prison. In 2015 Junction 25 won a CATS Whiskers for an outstanding contribution to Scottish theatre.

Alongside this work, she is currently part-time Lecturer in the Arts in Justice at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland where she designs and delivers creative projects in prisons and with communities affected by crime. She is a founder and trustee of Justice and Arts Scotland (formally SPAN) an organisation dedicated to developing creative work in Scottish prisons and post-release. Jess is an artist and consultant with the International Schools Theatre Association (ISTA), where she has led projects across the world.

Jess has published a large number of articles around the use of the Arts in socially engaged contexts and in 2019 released her first book 'A Beginners Guide to Devising Theatre' co-written with her long time collaborator Tashi Gore for Bloomsbury.

Speaker
Nataly Zukerman (Israel)
Artist, Dramaturge, Lecturer and Artistic Director
Nataly is an independent Performance Artist. In the last twenty years, she has created and participated in various performance and theatreworks around the world. Her works are interdisciplinary, combining devisedtheatre, live art, dance and autobiographical materials. In them, she dealsmainly with the notion of identity and disability.

In the past few years, she created and performed in the shows: "Practice Makes Perfect" for which she won Best Performer at the 2015 Acco Festival of Alternative Israeli Theatre, "A Family Tree" (part of "A Broken Phone" event), and "The Other Body" for which she won Best Performer at the 2014 Israeli Fringe Awards (created together with Atalia Branzburg).

She works as a lecturer in the Theatre Department of Tel Aviv University and Kibbutzim College of Education, Technology and the Arts teaching performance as well as in various programs for children and adults.

Nataly is a freelance dramaturg working with different artists from the dance and theatre fields. Between the years 2018–2019, she worked as the dramaturge of the IsraDrama and International Exposure of Israeli Theatre.

She is also one of the initiators and artistic directors of "Talooy Bamakom – a Site Specific Festival" and of "Night Beat" as part of the yearly White Night celebrations in Tel Aviv.

She has a first degree in education and directing from The Kibbutzim College of Education, and another BA degree in Performance from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. In 2015, She received her Master's degree in Theater Studies from Tel Aviv University.

Speaker
David J Diamond (USA/Italy)
Curator at La MaMa Umbria International
David curates the La MaMa Umbria International Symposia annually in Spoleto, Italy. He is runs Career Coaching for Artists which presents workshops, including Directing Your Theatre Career at major universities, providing resources for navigating a career in the professional art world. He is a Fulbright Specialist in Theatre; he serves on the Steering Committee for Theatre Without Borders, where he co-produced conferences such as Socially Engaged Performance: A Global Conversation and practices Forum Theatre.
Speaker
Nenni Delmestre (Croatia)
Theatre Director at Croatian National Theatre-Split
Nenni was born in Split, Croatia, where she lived until she turns eighteen and receives a scholarship to study abroad. In 1981, she graduated from Florida International University as a Bachelor of Science in Communications Technology and in 1984 as a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre, both with high honors. Since then she has directed in Croatia, Slovenia, Italy, Venezuela, Mexico and Macedonia. She has translated numerous plays from English, Spanish and Italian and published essays on theatre in Croatia and abroad. Almost all of her 75 plays have participated in national and international festivals where they have received numerous awards.

In 2016. Neni was awarded by the President of Croatia, Kolinda Grabar Kitarović, with The National Medal – The Order of Danica Hrvatska for culture - Marko Marulić - for exceptional contribution in culture and its national and international promotion.

Nenni has been the director Director in residence at Croatian National Theatre in Split since 1997. Previously at CNT Split she served as the Artistic Drama Director and the Drama Director for the Split Summer Festival (2002-04), and the President of Theatre Council (2008-10). She was a council member of Festival Marulićevi dani - Festival of Croatian Drama (2002-14), as well as the Program Director (2009-10). She was also program director for the Festival of Croatian Drama for Children – Mali Marulić (2012-14), and the International Children’s Festival in Šibenik (2013-16). Nenni was a 2018-19 member of the committee for the Marin Držić award for Cotemporary Croatian drama - Ministry of Culture

Speaker
Aroji Otieno (Kenya)
Artistic Director of the Bold Theatre-KE
Bold Theatre-KE is a performance-art based initiative that promotes the preservation and development of Kenyan art as a tool of self-expression, social justice, and education.

Aroji was previously the Creative & Content Director of FilmAid Kenya, a communication-based humanitarian organization that disseminates life-saving information and offers psychological relief through creative media programs in Refugee Camps within East Africa. He is also the founder of Aroji Drama Academy.

Aroji has written, directed, and staged several plays within his seventeen-year career. His short-play, ‘An Eritrean Lesson’ was performed in the NOW AFRICA Festival 2016, at The National Black Theatre (New York). His article on Kenyan Theatre was published in the International Theatre Institute annual magazine (ITI-Japan) 2015. He is a beneficiary of La MaMa International Directors’ Lab, Sundance Institute Theatre Lab, Nairobi Music Theatre Initiative, Kampala International Theatre Festival, Crossing Boundaries Theatre Festival in Ethiopia, and Kerala Annual Theatre Festival.

Aroji is passionate about skills development in the arts sector and has consistently trained theatre and film practitioners since 2006. He also developed a Speech and Drama syllabus which is used as a curriculum template by some schools in Kenya. Similarly, Aroji has been committed to supporting youth and community groups pursuing theatre or film. He works with experimental street and community theatre forms, and also works with marginalized ethnic communities in Kenya like the Somali, Turkana, and other African communities located in the refugee camps. His work at the Kakuma Refugee Camp was aired on CNN, Inside Africa. Aroji blogs - when the mute bites - at www.arojiotieno.com.

Speaker
Caroline Ngorobi (Kenya)
Producer at Jukwaa Arts Productions
Caroline is a theatre producer and performer from Mombasa Kenya. She joined the theatre scene in 2005 in Nairobi as an actor featuring in a number of stage plays, films and has been a voice artist with Deutsche Welle. She believes every experience is a story waiting to be told. She moved to Mombasa where she founded Jukwaa Arts Productions in 2015. Since then she has worked as a producer and performer.

Her work fuses drama, movement and poetry. She uses applied theatre to tell contemporary stories. She has began experimenting with physical theatre to promote and preserve culture while exploring its intersection with emerging and popular culture. Her work involves using the transformative tool of theatre to evoke emotions and provoke thought on touchy subjects like sexual harassment, juvenile crime and taboos in the African Culture.

2018, she presented a performance at the Bagamoyo International Festival of Arts and Culture in Tanzania which was facilitated by a grant from the British Council. She was also be part of the Producers Academy in Belgium and the Kunstenfestivaldesarts in 2019.

Caroline is a Bakanal De Afrique Fellow 2020 - A fellowship of multidimensional artists of African Descent and the Bay Area.

15.10.2020
Thu.
16:00-18:00 Israel time
Coronavirus ‡ Cultural Policy
Three presentations from three different countries on cultural policy during COVID-19, and how cultural institutions and artists are coping. Followed by a panel discussion and Q&A.
Moderator
Dr. Tal Feder (Israel)
Lecturer at Sapir Academic College
Tal's current research focuses on access to art and cultural policy. He received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Haifa in a joint program with Humboldt University, Berlin.
Speaker
Eyal Sher (Israel)
Director of the Israel Festival and of the Jerusalem Jazz Festival
Eyal was previously the Director of the Art and Culture Department of the Jerusalem Foundation, Deputy Director of the Jerusalem Cinematheque/Israel Film Archives and producer of the annual International Jerusalem Film Festival. He has written, directed and produced numerous films, TV series and documentaries.
Speaker
Marina Andreykina (Russia)
Executive manager at Chekhov Moscow Art Theatre
Ph.D. in Economics; expert in the economics of culture; arts & culture IP expert. Marina has 25+ years of lecturing experience at leading universities in Russia and other countries. Previously, she was the executive manager at Electrotheatre. Since 2018, she has served as the executive manager at the Chekhov Moscow Art Theatre.
Speaker
Sasapin Siriwanij (Thailand)
Artistic Director at BIPAM - Bangkok International Performing Arts Meeting
Alongside serving as Artistic Director of BIPAM since 2018, Sasapin is a Bangkok-based performer, director, and producer. She is a core member of B-Floor Theatre and co-founder of For What Theatre.
Speaker
Dr. Tom Fleming (England)
Director at Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy (TFCC)
Tom is a leading authority on cultural policy and the creative economy. He works internationally on evidence-based approaches which position culture to the heart of inclusive and sustainable development. Clients include governments, municipalities and cultural institutions.
20:00-22:00 Israel time
Mediums ∆ Formats
Artists and cultural entrepreneurs present a variety of theatre projects that have responded to the global pandemic. Followed by a panel discussion and Q&A.
Moderator - Group 1
Jason Morris Danino Holt (Israel)
Artist and Artistic Director at Habait Theatre Jaffa
Jason is a multi disciplinary artist - founder of self titled, Tel Aviv-based indie creation group. He’s also a playwright, theatre & documentary director, performer, published writer, translator (English to Hebrew), visual artist, teacher, and cultural entrepreneur.
Speaker - Group 1
Christine Mayor (Canada/Bermuda)
Wilfrid Laurier University
With an MA and BCT/RDT, Christine is a PhD Candidate at Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada, where her research and teaching focus on trauma, school-based drama therapy, anti-racism, arts-based research, and Developmental Transformations and Theatre of the Oppressed approaches. She currently serves as the Associate Editor of Drama Therapy Review, and was the joint recipient of the North American Drama Therapy Association’s 2016 Research Award. Christine is the former Director of Public Health and Policy at the Post Traumatic Stress Center and a school-based trauma program (now) called The Miss Kendra Program in New Haven, CT.
Speaker - Group 1
Dana Etgar (Israel)
Theatre Director, Performer & Teacher
Dana received her MA in Advanced Theatre Practice from RCSSD and her BA in Directing and Teaching Theatre from Seminar Hakibuzim College in Israel. She is dedicated to creating new performance work that tackles the personal and the political.

Important performances include Comfort Object, created with Rotem Volk at Habait Theatre (2020), Terra Incognita, which premiered at the Tmu-na Theatre Festival (2020),The head comes last, which she both wrote and performed in (2017), Rak Behazba'a, a show about the Israeli education sistem for which Dana served as performer and dramaturge (2017), The ME which she performed at the Garage Theatre in Norwich and at Edinburgh (2015), and unprecribed, which she performed in London and at Edinburgh fringe festival with the Sun Apparatus Theatre company (2013).

Speaker - Group 1
Dr. Erez Maayan Shalev (Israel)
Researcher, multidisciplinary artist, and artistic director
Erez has a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in plant biotechnology. He studied acting at the Yoram Loewenstein Acting Studio and has a Ph.D. in performance studies from Tel Aviv University. Erez is a multidisciplinary artist whose practice includes theatre, dance and performance art. His work has been shown in Israel and internationally in theatres, galleries and festivals. In addition to his own artistic practice, Erez has served as artistic director in several art festivals and events and he teaches theory and composition at a variety of institutions.
Speaker - Group 1
Feodor Elutin (Russia)
Founder of Impresario - Theatre Production Company
Impresario is a Moscow based independent theatre production company founded by Feodor in 2014 searching for theatre’s latest masterpieces from all over the world and bringing them to Russian spectators.
Speaker - Group 1
Maya Magnat (Israel)
Performance artist, researcher and educator
Maya’s artistic work and research deals with mediated intimacy, sexuality and technology, and interactive art and games. She is interested in finding different ways to create new kinds of intimacy using technology.
Speaker - Group 1
Dr. Nisha Sajnani (USA/Canda)
Director of the Program in Drama Therapy and the Theatre & Health Lab at NYU - New York University
Nisha’s artistic and written scholarship reflects concerns with improvisation, memory, care, and place. She is the Editor of Drama Therapy Review, founding member of the World Alliance of Dramatherapy, and president of the Foundation for the Arts and Trauma.
Speaker - Group 1
Rainer Hofmann (Netherlands)
Artistic Director at SPRING Performing Arts Festival
Rainer has worked in different functions in Germany (Theater der Welt Festival, Schauspiel Cologne) and Switzerland (Theater Neumarkt and Theaterhaus Gessnerallee Zurich, Stadttheater Bern). He serves on artistic committees and publishes in different media.
Speaker - Group 1
Rotem Volk (Israel)
Artist, Performer & educator
Rotem works at the intersection of theatre and performance. She devises interdisciplinary work for both stage and outdoors involving sound, video, installation and choreography.

Her work constantly challenges the traditional roles of performer and viewer and often reflects on political and social issues while referring to contemporary pop culture phenomena and icons. Her site specific practice involves immersive and intimate video and audio walks encouraging audience participation and personal re-engagement with the urban environment and architecture. Rotem holds a Be.D in Theatre Directing from Hakibutzim College, Tel Aviv and MA in Performance Making from Goldsmiths University, London.

Speaker - Group 1
Simon Senn (Switzerland)
Performance & Visual Artist
Simon has a BFA from the HEAD in Geneva and a Masters at Goldsmiths College in London.
Moderator - Group 2
May Zarhy (Israel)
Choreographer & Performer
May is an independent choreographer and performer. Her work ranges between stage pieces, site-specific and intervention works, under a wide definition of choreography. Being busy with the possible relation between the media of dance and music, she creates “chore-sonic” works in which she examines the materiality of movement in relation to the materiality of dance, through collaborations with artists from the field of sound, voice and music. May was a founding member of mamaza collective in Germany, together with Fabrice Mazliah and Ioannis Mandafounis. She is a graduate of the Rotterdam Dance Academy, Netherlands, and ex.e.r.ce program of choreography in Montpellier France, directed by Xavier Le Roy and Mathilde Monnier.
Speaker - Group 2
Filipp Vulakh (Russia)
Director of the NET & Access Point festivals
Director of the NET and Access Point festivals, teacher at RGII (St. Petersburg).
Speaker - Group 2
Gabriel G Torres (Colombia/USA)
Director / Community Artist
Gabriel is a multidisciplinary artist from Colombia and New York. His current projects include: “Haus of Dust” - Loisaida Inc Recent Projects: “Distant Bodies” - 2020 - The LGBT Center & Cyber Tank - NYC . “Still - Performance for Inner Peace” 2019 - Chashama - NYC Recent Theater Directing Credits: The Bearded Woman by Jei Osorio, The Tank, 2018, La Pola by Oscar Cabreira, Serials, The Flea Theater, 2018, (Assistant Dir) LES Festival For the Arts, Theater for The New City, 2018. (Artistic Director Assistant) Teaching Artist: Cue Drama, Hong Kong, 2018 Jamaica Center for The Arts - 2018.

Gabriel has directed readings and short plays with companies such as Theater Accident, Theater for The New City, The Tank NYC, Casa Ensemble Colombia, Hong Kong Arts Center, KrisP Productions Hong Kong, and many others. He has also been published by BLANK Magazine, Mr Ma’Am Literary Magazine, Eleven and a Half and the Operating Room. Gabriel has a one Year Certification from The Neighborhood Playhouse Theatre. He also holds a BA in Liberal Sciences, and he is a candidate for a Media Studies MA at The New School, with concentrations in innovative storytelling, creative community development and a graduate certificate in Media Management. Gabriel was also part of the Riggio's Honors Democracy and Writing Program, Creative Capital Professional Workshop for Artists 2019. and part of the EMERGENYC Hemisphere Institute Program 2020.

Gabriel is proud to be a community organizer, he has worked as community coordinator for Fandango For Butterflies and (Coyotes) - En Garde Arts, He is currently a Community Consultant for Outer Seed Shadow, He hosts an initiative for site specific artists gathering together with Elise Bernhardt and Irina Kruzhilina, and He is currently developing a new engagement project for under represented latinx communities with Maria Torres O’connor.

Speaker - Group 2
Dr. Ivan Medenica (Serbia)
Artistic Director at the Belgrade International Theatre Festival - BITEF
Ivan was born in Belgrade. He graduated in dramaturgy in 1995 at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade, received his master's degree at the same faculty in 2002 and received his doctorate in 2006. He studied for his scientific work in Paris, Nova Sorbonne, Paris, Trieste.

He works at the Faculty of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade at the Department of Theory and History, the subject of History of World Drama and Theater. He was a member and chairman of several organizational boards of international scientific symposia in the field of theater and literature, organized by “Sterija pozorje”, Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts and others.

Ivan is an active theater critic, in the Politika daily and in the weekly Vreme. He is a member of the editorial board of Teatron's theater magazine. He is currently Assistant Secretary General of the International Association of Theater Critics.

Speaker - Group 2
Jonas Klinkenberg (Germany)
Head of the Artistic Management at Westflügel Leipzig
Westflügel Leipzig is an international production centre for modern puppetry and visual theatre. Jonas also works as a freelance dramaturg and artist, with a focus on participative and immersive forms of art.
Speaker - Group 2
Maera Daniel Hagage (USA)
Founding Artistic Director at Dirty Laundry Theatre
Maera is a NYC-based actress, writer and customer success manager. Texas-born and Israeli-raised, Maera lived in Germany and Egypt and travelled the world while running ground security for EL-AL before finding home in NYC.

After graduating Visual-Communication studies at Bezalel Academy in Jerusalem, and completing a one-year conservatory at Beit-Zvi School of Performing Arts, and became an active member of the Herzlia community theatre, home, and stage for the joint work of physically disabled and non-disabled actors.

Her passion of storytelling, talent, and professional skills led her to spearhead a group of artists and found Dirty Laundry Theatre, producing and developing plays of various cultures, seeking to highlight uncommon views of the day-to-day lives beyond the stereotypical angle and raise consciousness and encourage American audience to embrace the cultural differences.

In 2018, she co-founded the Israeli-women blog “Missvada”, sharing her experiences as an Israeli woman in diaspora. In the past decade, Maera has been working for SundaySky as a Customer Success Manager, and a member of the company’s diversity committee.

Speaker - Group 2
Maksym Maksymchuk (Ukraine)
Theatre director, Dramaturge and Playwright
Ukrainian and european theatre director, dramaturge and playwright, mostly interested in alternative and participatory forms of theatre. Studied theatre in Charles University in Prague, University of Vienna, Goethe University in Frankfurt and Janáček Academy in Brno.
Speaker - Group 2
Nimrod Danishman (Israel)
Playwright and Director
Theater director, playwright and teacher, graduate of the directing program at the School of Performing Arts at the Kibbutzim College. Borders, his form work, won two nominations for the Independent Theater Award (2019) and participated in the international exposure of Israeli theater (2019) and was produced in New York and Washington (2019). From his works: ”To be honest" (Habima, 2017), "Woman to Woman" (The Playwrights, 2019), ”We are no more than this" (Tzavta, 2019), ”For real" (Tmuna, 2019).
Speaker - Group 2
Zoë Irvine (Scotland)
Artist and Sound designer
Zoë is an artist primarily working with sound. Her artworks range from carefully crafted individual pieces for broadcast and installation, to participative events. She is also a sound designer for moving image and a lecturer in sound for film and sound art.
BORDERS
13-15.10.2020
Borders opens with a dating app chat between two guys, one Israeli the other Lebanese, a conversation that grows into an impossible relationship in the shadow of the two countries' ever-increasing tension. During Israel's first quarantine, the play, which was originally written for and performed on stage, was adapted to the 'Telegram' app, which is practically expected of a play that unfolds entirely in correspondence. The virtual show will coincide with the conference.

You will be able to attend as viewers on the show's 'Telegram' group. You will either watch the live correspondence or mute the group and subsequently read the correspondence. At any point you choose to join the group, you will be able to read the chat history and catch up on what you missed. Enjoy!

13th-14th-15th October – Starting one day before the gathering, and continuing in between the gathering discussions, live play on Telegram.

Playwright & Director: Nimrod Danishman. Actors: Morad Hassan & Yoel Rozenkier. Dramaturgy: Roey Maliach Reshef. Translation from Hebrew: Adi Drori.

A live, virtual performance that will unfold online during the gathering.


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