The Young HaBima Company was founded in 1996 by director Ilan Ronen, to create a
special setting that would encourage and develop the next generation of theater actors.
Most of the actors are graduates of acting schools.
Throughout their group framework, the actors continued to learn about the various
professions in the theater world. A permanent staff of teachers accompanies the young
actors and trains them in movement, acrobatics, stage-fighting, music and voice. The
actors also receive training and workshops by guests from abroad.
As a result of the ongoing work process between the group's founders - director Ilan
Ronen and designer Miki Ben-Canaan, the group developed a unique theatrical language
combining ensemble work with the actors via unique theatrical situations with original
design. Maximizing the utilization of different styles - dance, music, gymnastics, juggling,
working with masks, puppeteering, combined with stylized and realistic acting in
classical works alongside those jointly built.
Most graduates of the The Young HaBima Company are today performing in different
theaters and theatrical productions around the country. Their place has been filled with
a new succession of young actors - all graduates of theater programs.
The first class was formed by director Ilan Ronen and designer Miki Ben Canaan.
Together they produced The Mandrake, Catch-22, Civil War, and The Caucasian Chalk
Circle. They continued to create together during the company’s second session with
Couplehood, War as in War, Achilles' Heel and Life X 3. By the second session, in order
to encourage and nurture the young players as well as a new generation of young
artists, director Nir Erez directed the show The Shape of Things, by Neil LaBute.
Together young designers began to flourish from the new group and successfully broke
into the industry, such as Anat Sternschuss, Neta Hacker Keren Granek.
The third session of the company was directed and managed by Sigal Avin, who together
with the company created the plays Taxi and The Controversy.
The fourth and current session of the The Young HaBima Company is under the
direction of Shai Fitovsky, a young and highly praised director who recently premiered
his first project, the play The Nose, adaptation by Rafael Milo Amar of the original by
The play is characterized by its unique and exceptional physical style, and the group’s
work and orchestration is just perfect. All these create a live, young and engaging
The Company’s Plays:
1996 The Mandrake – adaptation by Yaakov Shabtai to Niccolo Machiavelli’s
show. Director: Ilan Ronen
1997 Catch 22 – adaptation of Joseph Heller’s novel; a quirky, Nutcase anti-war
satire. Director: Ilan Ronen
1998 Civil War – a theatrical event dealing with the destruction of the Third
Temple. Director: Ilan Ronen
1999 The Caucasian Chalk Circle by Bertolt Brecht, presented in the round as
the actors themselves change the scenery in front of the audience’s eyes.
Director: Ilan Ronen
Improvisational Performance – the The Young HaBima Company who specialize
in improve, put on a performance in front of varied audiences, especially
2001 Couplehood – 8 stories of young Israelis describing the new Israeli
generation. Adapted for the stage by Ilan Ronen. Director: Ilan Ronen
2002 War as in War, by Aeschylus, Euripides, Giraudoux and Hanoch Levine
and Achilles’ Heel, by Homer and Shakespeare – a double theatrical event,
following both the masculine and feminine viewpoints after the folly of going to
war. Director: Ilan Ronen
2002 Life X 3, by Yasmina Reza. Director: Ilan Ronen
2003 The Shape of Things, by Neil LaBute. Director: Nir Erez
2005 Taxi, written and directed by Sigal Avin with collaboration from the
Young Actors Company.
2008 The Controversy, by Marivaux. Directed by Sigal Avin. A surprising play
by one of the greatest French playwrights of the 18th century who, without
understanding modern psychology, understood that the most important figure in
one’s life is themselves. The play receives a modern adaptation by Avin.
2009 The Nose, adaptation by Rafael Milo Amar of the original by Nikolai
- Gogol. Directed by Shai Pitowsky