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DINA BLEI SHOR

DINA BLEI SHOR

Actress

Born in Argentina. Studied acting at the Kibbutzim College. She made her debut at Haifa Theater in 1985 and has since appeared in numerous shows at the Cameri Theater, Habima National Theater, Beit Lessin, Herzliya Ensemble, Rina Yerushalmi's Itim Ensemble, The Hebrew Theater and more. She performed in festivals in Israel and abroad: The Israel Festival, The Acco Fringe Festival, The Short Theater Festival, The Holon Women's Festival and the The Teatronetto. She appeared in films and TV series. Among her most distinguished roles: Ophelia in Hamlet, The Doctor in Woyzeck, And He Said and He Walked directed by Rina Yerushalmi, The Child in The Child Dreams, the Torturer's Apprentice in The Beheading, The Sad Angel in Requiem, written and directed by Hanoch Levin, Antigone in Antigone and The Puppet in Ghetto directed by Gady Tzedaka. Dina was awarded the The Finkel Award for her portrayal of The Moon in Lorca's Blood Wedding at Habima National Theater, the Best Actress Award for her role as The Puppet with the Hebrew Theater's Ghetto production as well as Best Actress Award at the Beit Lessin's Play Reading Festival.

YOAV HAIT

YOAV HAIT

Actor, Musician, Playwright

Graduate of Tel Aviv's Nissan Nativ Acting Studio. Yoav was a member of the Herzliya Theater Ensemble, where he played in: Yerma, The Town of the Little People, Iphigenia in Aulis, Three Sisters and The Suicide. At Haifa Theater: Sea Breeze, The Creation of the World, A Night at the Mall, The Coffeehouse of the August Moon, Hostages, The Millionaire of Naples and The Swan. At the Cameri Theater: Milano. At Beit Lessin Theater: Arava Café. At Be'er Sheva Theater: Iphigenia in Aulis. Hayt also played at Orna Porat's Children and Youth Theater, The Teatronetto Monodrama Festival, The Short Theater Festival, and the "Theater Works" Group, as well as in film and television.

EYAL ZUSMAN

EYAL ZUSMAN

Actor, Independent Theater Artist, Musician and Playwright

Winner of 2019 Best Supporting Actor Award at the Israeli Independent Theater Awards for his roles as Globe, Bergman, The father, Uncle Zlato and The dog in Leah.

Zusman played in: Janusz Korczak – A Diary from the Ghetto directed by Nola Chelton and Tiger at the Gates directed by Mickey Gurevich at Haifa Theater, Mythos directed by Rina Yerushalmi at the Cameri Theater, Life is a Dream directed by Mickey Gurevich at The Khan Theater and Dream Play directed by Yael Cramsky at Jerusalem's Lab Theater. Zusman was also a member of the "Cremschnitte" Commedia Dell'arte Ensemble and in various shows at The Acco Fringe Festival. Eyal also appears in film and television. Winner of the Sharet Foundation Award, Haifa Municipality's Culture Award for his play Jonah the Prophet.

FLORENCE BLOCH

FLORENCE BLOCH

Actress

Born in France, Bloch came to Israel in 1988. She graduated from Tel Aviv University's acting program in 1992. Over the years, Florence has performed in numerous shows, among them: The Orchard, A Precious Treasure, Tartuffe, and The Guest at Beit Lessin Theater; Requiem and Rosita at The Cameri Theater; The Italian Straw Hat, The Jews' Opera and The Child Dreams at Haifa Theater; Earth, Happiness, Illusion, The King's Clothes, The Cherry Orchard, The Bald(er) Singer, The Successful Ones, The Great Magic, A Word of Love, Home War, Marriage, Three Women Waiting and The Miser at The Khan Theater; Antigone at Herzliya Ensemble; The End is Near and That's What I Wanted at Tzavta Theater; La Familia at Givatayim Theater; Vernissage at The Avignon Festival.

Films: The Kind Words, Encirclements, Women, Dogs Don't Bark in Green, Sherman in the Winter, James' Travels in the Holy Land, and Stones. Television: Moliere, Closed Case, Saul, The Game of Life, Sweet Dreams and Life isn't Everything.

RONEN YIFRACH

RONEN YIFRACH

Actor

Winner of the 1993-1994 Sharet Foundation scholarship andr of the 1995 Jerusalem Foundation scholarship. Ronen spent a year studying acting at HBNY Studio and the NY Actor Studio. He played in The Seagull and Modigliani directed by Arthur Penn and in Oedipus Rex with Al Pacino directed by Estelle Pearlstone. Yifrach played at Haifa Theater, the Cameri Theater, Jerusalem's Lab Theater, Tmuna Theater, The Interdisciplinary Stage, Simta Theater, The Acco Fringe Festival, The Yadit Theater, The Gordon Cinema Theater and in various children and youth theaters. Among his most prominent roles: Woyzeck in Woyzeck directed by Amir Kliger, Dessler in Ghetto directed by Joshua Sobol, Giddy in Backyard Games directed by Oded Kotler, Coriolanus in Coriolanus directed by Itay Doron, Theodor Herzl in It Turns directed by Avi Gibson Barel, Harrod in Salome directed by Yuval Zamir, various characters in Night Talks directed by Amir Kliger, Jerry in Betrayal directed by Itay Doron and more.

YARDEN GILBOA

YARDEN GILBOA

Actress, Independent Theater Artist, Acting Teacher

Graduate of the Sophie Moskowitz Theater School. Yarden performed at The Acco Fringe Festival, Tmuna Theater, Jaffa Theater and Tzavta Theater and was a member of Rina Yerushalmi's Itim Ensemble for six years, during which she took part in the shows: Peer Gynt, Exit the King, The Bible Project and Herzl. In 2016, Yarden was nominated for the Best Actress Award at the Israeli Independent Theater Awards. She played in the shows The Golden Dragon and Edward Alby's At Home at the Zoo. She's a co-creator and actress in an Israeli-Swiss co-production. Gilboa has directed Freedom of Speechless at Tel Aviv's Tzavta Theater, Bertolt Brecht's Man Equals Man and Eugène Ionesco's Rhinoceros at the Impro Acting School, as well as other projects at Jaffa Theater and at  the 14/48 Project. She currently teaches acting at the Impro Acting School and the Sophie Moskowitz Theater School.

JOSEF ALBALAK

JOSEF ALBALAK

Actor

Collaborated with Passport Ensemble on Citizen K.

Upon his graduation from Nissan Nativ's Acting Studio in Jerusalem in 2012, Albalak received an excellence scholarship.

Select theatre credits include: At the Incubator Theatre: Macbeth's Tragedy – a spoken word adaptation, Babylon, Job adapted and directed by Yossi Yizraeli which premiered at Israel Festival and more. He is also a member of Micro Theatre's Ensemble where he performed in Samson and The Wars of the Jews, as well as in Roey Maliach Reshef's original plays Dum Dum Da Dum and The Birth.

Some of his other credits include: Arabian Night at Tmuna Theatre, Orpheus – a dance-theatre adaptation at Tel Aviv Museum, The Barber of Seville Opera – an Israeli-Italian coproduction (a physical-theatre role), several children shows directed by Brachi Lipshitz at Beit Avi Chai and more. Albalak is also a member of The Circus Theatre and Moshe Hanukkah's Asphalt Theatre. He appears on several shows on Meir Channel's Children's station.

MICHAL WEINBERG

MICHAL WEINBERG

Actress and Singer

Collaborated with Passport Ensemble on Citizen K and Passport.

Graduate of Beit Zvi School of the Performing Arts.

Select theatre credits include: Jacques Brel Songs directed by Rafi Niv, An Ideal Husband directed by Mitko Buzakov and A Jewish Soul directed by Arthur Kogan at the Library Theatre; Don Juan and The Devil in Moscow directed by Yavgeni Arie, Threepenny Opera directed by Adolf Shapiro and You are hereby Your Own directed by Yoram Falk at Hagesher Theatre; Mein Jerusalem directed by Eyal Weiser, Fedra in Love directed by Lilach Dekel-Avneri and I Wish You Were a Woman and Mary Stewart directed by Ira Avneri at Tmuna Theatre; Iphigenia directed by Gadi Rol, Why Didn't You Come Before the War directed by Kfir Azulay and Company directed by Rafi Niv at Be'er Sheva Theatre. In addition, Weinberg performed with the Mediatek Theatre and Notzar Theatre.

For her role in Iphigenia, she was nominated for the Israeli Theatre Award and she won the 2012 Best Actress Award at the Israeli Fringe Awards.

NAAMA SHAPIRA

NAAMA SHAPIRA

Actress, Playwright, Acting Coach, Voice-over Artist and Director

Collaborated with Passport Ensemble on Citizen K.

Graduate of Bet Tzvi Acting School (with honors).

Select theatre credits include – At the Cameri Theater: Three Sisters directed by Hanan Snir, The Seagull directed by Boris Morozov. At Habima National Theatre: The Crucible directed by Abraham Assau.

At Beit Lessin Theatre: He Walked the Fields directed by Kfir Azulay, The Deep Blue Sea directed by Alon Ofir, People, Places and Things directed by Roni Pinkovitch and the Comedy Carnage. At Haifa Theatre: All My Sons and Brighton Beach Memories directed by Oded Kotler and Tough Love. At Be’er Sheva Theatre: Women not Speaking.

TV credits include: The Parliament, Kidnapped, The Bourgeois, Yes or No and more.

Film credits include: Boutcha, Foreign Fire, Wasserman and more.

Naama teaches acting and directing to teens. She won the Best Actress awards at the Cameri Theatre and Beit Lessin's Open Stage festival.

ERAN SAREL

ERAN SAREL

Actor

Collaborated with Passport Ensemble on Citizen K.

Graduate of Tel Aviv University's Department of Theatre Arts.

Select theatre credits include – At the Cameri Theatre: Fiddler on the Roof directed by Moshe Kepten, Casablan directed by Tzedi Tzarfati, Pillars of Society directed by Arthur Kogan and The Threepenny Opera directed by Gilad Kimchi; At Habima National Theatre: Tamara directed by Hanan Snir, and The Child Dreams directed by Omri Nitzan. He was also a member of Rina Yerushalmi's Ittim Ensemble for three years, where he performed in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Macbeth, And He Said And He Went and Three Sisters. He took part in many of Nola Chelton's shows, Talking about Love Again (lead), Broken Glass, Stray Dog and The Golem from Prague.

His TV credits include The Man who Wanted to Stop a War, Traffic Light, Head Injury and Taxi Driver.

NAOMI YOELI

NAOMI YOELI

Actress, Independent Theatre-maker, Director, Playwright, Theatre researcher, Puppeteer, Storyteller and Dramaturg

Collaborated with Passport Ensemble on Passport.

Yoeli is an independent creator in various writing, directing and acting frameworks. She appeared in festivals and moderated storytelling, acting and puppetry workshops in Israel and abroad: Germany, Holland, Angola, Vietnam, Singapore, Thailand, Spain, France, Lithuania and more. She teaches and facilitates workshops in different frameworks in Israel and across the world.

Naomi studied Hebrew and English literature at the Hebrew University and theatre and directing at Tel Aviv University. She received an "A+" on her Ph.D. in theatre from Tel Aviv University.

Among her stage works: Thyestes with Doron Tavori; Awaken and We Shall Ascend at Mekudeshet Festival; And Especially this Garden at Babait Festival; Pleasant and Refreshing News; The Desk: Class Work and Between Calendars with the Ruth Kanner Ensemble; My Ex-Step-Mother-in-Law at Jerusalem's Interdisciplinary Stage; Explosive: War Tourism and Aunt Frida: The Museum at the Akko Fringe Theatre Festival.

Also, Yoeli directs, mentors and creates children's shows at Jerusalem's Karon Theatre, among them: Of Three Bears and One Goldilocks, The Rose Sleeps, Tales from Chelem, The Rain Bird, My Hugo and The Bestest Collection. She performed Pleasant and Refreshing News at Madrid's Abadia Theatre and a series of her solo-show My Ex-Step-Mother-in-Law at Paris' Dunois Theatre.

She's the recipient of The Landau Award for Performing Arts, The Rosenblum Prize for Performing Arts, First Prize at the Akko Fringe Festival for Aunt Frida: The Museum, Best Show, Best Adaptation, Best Actress Awards at the Israeli Fringe Awards for Between Calendars and Best Stage Language Breakthrough for Explosive. Yoeli is also an honorary associate at Israel's Open University.

ROEY MALIACH RESHEF

ROEY MALIACH RESHEF

Playwright, Dramaturg, Theatre Teacher and Director, Actor

Collaborated with Passport Ensemble on Passport.

Co-founder of the Playwrights' Project, for which he won the 2018 Rosenblum Prize for Performing Arts. Director of the 14/48 Project - The Fastest Theatre in the World. Member of the Lottery Arts and Culture committee. Winner of the 2013 Best Playwright Award at the Children and Youth Theatre Awards. Head of the theatre program, Art-Team (2017) – an excellence program at the Youth Theatre. Mentor of writing workshops – story structure techniques and directing/acting workshops in the Yat/Laban method – analyzing behavioral patterns through movement psychology and private workshops in Israel and abroad. Acting, directing and dance-theatre teacher at the Kibbutzim Seminar and playwrighting teacher at Nissan Nativ Acting Studio. Reshef used to teach at the Yoram Lowenstein Acting Studio and the Paolo Grassi Academy of Dramatic Arts in Milan. He also taught at Gal Amitai's Acting Studio, Impro Acting School headed by Avi Malka and at Reacting Studio. Actor and director coach in both film and theatre. Creator of Miracolo, which premiered at Milan's Teatro Piccolo's Masterclass Festival. Creator of Another Life, which ran in Italy, India and the US, has won numerous awards. In addition, Roey created the show The Black Princess which played in Germany and The Czech Republic and received many prizes. His directorial credits include: Disconnected, A Success Story, Roberto Zucco, It's Still Going to be Cold in Here, Yak says Moo, Crooked-Leg Billy, Childhood Landscape, Glengarry Glen Ross and more. His acting credits include: Open Wide, The Laramie Project, Spellbound, With a Stick and a Ruler, The End of a Joke and more.

DORON TAVORI

DORON TAVORI

Actor, Translator and Director

Collaborated with Passport Ensemble on Passport, which he also co-translated.

Tavori started out at Be’er Sheva Theatre where he performed in Upon a Violin and Twelfth Night directed by Hanan Snir. He returned to Be’er Sheva years later in The Imposter, directed by Robert Woodruff and in Heldenplatz, directed by Krystian Lupa.

Select theatre credits include: A Jewish Soul and Ghetto directed by Gdalya Besser and Waiting for Godot directed by Ilan Ronen at the Haifa Theatre; The Bourgeois Hero Life and The Screens directed by Ofira Henig at Habima National Theatre; In the Solitude of Cotton Fields and Ghosts directed by Yael Cramsky at Tmuna Theatre; Exit the King, Krapp's Last Tape and Per Gynt directed by Rina Yerushalmi with Ittim Ensemble; I Am Don Quixote and The Oresteia directed by Yevgeny Aryeh and Lolita/Joan of Arc directed by Yechezkel Lazarov at Gesher Theatre. In addition, Tavori took part in a renewed production of Waiting for Godot at Jaffa Theatre. He participated in the Israel Festival as a singer/solo actor in A Poet in New York by Lorca/Dori Parnes. He was also an actor in several independent productions in Israel and abroad, among them a one-man performance of The Oresteia and Thyestes with Naomi Yoeli, which he also translated. Doron was the head of Jerusalem's Interdisciplinary Stage and for a short while, of the Haifa Theatre. He is one of the founders of Dimona Theatre. He taught theatre in Um El Fahem and translated plays from German, Norwegian and French. Recipient of the Ada Ben-Nachum Prize for translation, The David's Violin Prize, The Meir Margalit Prize, The Rosenblum Prize for Performing Arts, The Klatchkin Prize for acting, The Israeli Theatre Award, The Landau Award for Performing Arts and The Prime Minister's Award for translation.