Professional and Biographical Information

Degrees

M.F.A in Theater Directing, Yale University, 2016
B.A (Magna) in Theater Directing, Tel-Aviv University, Israel 2010

Teaching and Research Interests

Being a professor and an artist, my teaching and research give equal weight to theory and practice, the moving body and the spoken word. I aspire to teach and create theater that is multi-cultural, interdisciplinary and that is based on movement and music as much (if not more) than it is based on text. I believe that theater is a meeting place for the larger community to wrestle with dilemmas and questions that are at the core of our existence. Thus, both in my teaching and my directing, I insist on the importance of the socio-political core, along with the artistic form that would be in dialogue with it. 

I teach two acting courses, beginners and advanced. In Action and Character, a core course in the Theater and Dance Department, I teach the key principles of acting, including the fundamentals of text analysis. Using assigned scenes and various exercises, we practice acting through five different channels: Imagination, Focus, The Group, Expressivity and Playfulness. Acting Studio is an advanced acting course that explores how to deepen and enrich the actor's personal interpretation of his text and role, by employing both physical and drama-theory tools.

During the last eight years, I have found myself attracted more and more to Greek tragedy. I am fascinated by the unique synthesis these plays create between music, movement, and text, alongside universal dilemmas of moral, social, and political issues. The ongoing inspiration I draw from Greek tragedy, along with other classic plays, led me to create the course Reimagining the Classics. It explores how artists from various media have used classic texts as a source material for creating a new piece. The course also explores cross-cultural approaches to classic plays, especially Japanese and West and South African.

As part of the interdisciplinary approach of our department, I am proud to co-teach the course Contemporary Performance: Case Studies. The course surveys some of the most important case studies in the performance world during the 20th and 21st centuries.

Selected Artistic Work

Directing

Big Love, Charles Mee; Amherst College; adaptation & directing
The Oresteia, AeschylusYale School of Drama; adaptation & directing
CoriolanusWilliam Shakespeare; Yale School of Drama
Solo Bach;Yale Cabaret; movement, music, no text                                         
Oedipus 2011: Theater Opera, Sophocles; Israel Festival, Jerusalem; libretto & directing
Schitz, Hanoch Levin; Cameri Theater of Tel Aviv
The Madwoman of Chaillot, Jean Giraudoux; Nissan Nativ Acting Studio; adaptation & directing
Men's Business, Franz Xaver Kroetz; Tmu-na Thater, Tel Aviv
A.H. - Before He Changed Our History; Theater Building, Chicago; writing & directing
Curriculum Vitae; Habima National Theater, Tel Aviv; writing, acting & directing

Directing – New Plays

The Rules,Jireh Breon Holder; Yale School of Drama
Sonya and Bobek, oded liphshitz; Ohio Northern University
Munaya, Yusef Sweid; Ohio Northern University
A Bible's lesson,Eli Shraiber; M.A.R.A Theater, Kiryat Shmona
Elavator, Amit Erez; Tzavta Theater, Tel Aviv
Beginner at Life, Alana Ruben Free; Z.O.A Theater, Tel Aviv
Today we'll live!, Inbal Lori; Tzavta Theater, Tel Aviv

Artistic Director

Small Stage festival, Tel Aviv University 6th Annual Performing Arts Festival, Israel 2007.

A weeklong festival comprised of two frameworks: the one, premiering 6 new plays. The second, street theater performances, installations and live music performances.

The Festival Arena, Israel Festival, Jerusalem 2006

Israel Festival is an international festival of the performing arts, the biggest and oldest in Israel. The Festival Arena was a yearlong incubator for ten new works, which I artistically supervised and mentored. 

Links to Works

  1. The Oresteia by Aeschylus. Yale School of Drama, 2015. I adapted the text and directed the show. This is the opening sequence.
  2. Oedipus 2011: Opera-theater. Israel Festival, 2011. I wrote the libretto based on Sophocles' play, and directed the performance. It was chosen to represent Israel in the 2011 Prague quadrennial.
  3. A.H. – Before He Changed Our history, Israel, 2006 and the U.S, 2009. A one man show I wrote and directed, revolving around the young Adolf Hitler. Originally premiered at the National theater of Israel. Remounted at The Theater Building, Chicago.
  4. Portfolio (selected productions, 2005-2012)
  5. Shitz by Hanoch Levin. The Cameri Theater, Israel 2011. A bitter comedy, written by one of Israel's prominent playwrights. Unfortunately, the video has no English Subtitles.

Personal website:

www.yagileliraz.com