ILAN RONEN [Artistic Director]
Born in Kibbutz Ein-Gev, Ilan trained at the Beit Zvi academy of drama.
Artistic director of the Habimah National Theatre since 2004.
Established and directed The Young Company within Habimah (1996-2004)
Artistic director of the Cameri Theatre (1984-1992). In 1973 joined Michael Alfred's company at the Khan Theatre in Jerusalem as director and dramaturge. In 1975, aged 27 was appointed the Khan's Artistic Director.
Productions during this period [1975-1982] included adaptations of Josef Heller's 'Catch 22', Dostoyevsky's 'The Idiot', Sobol's 'The Jewish Wars', Horowitz's 'Cherly Kacherly' which won the Meskin Award for Best New Play.
In 1977, together with Hillel Mitelpunkt and Joshua Sobol he created a political satirical theatre company at the Zavta Theatre.
For Habimah theatre directed : Hashek's 'Shweik', Peter Marber's 'Closer', Lorka's 'House of Bernarda Alba' and Wasserman's 'One Flew over the Cookoo's Nest'. 'Waiting For Godot', Niel Simon's 'The Sunshine Boys', Yaacov Shabtai's 'Crown Crazy', The Mythological Israeli Musical 'The King and the Cobbler', Lars Noren's 'War', Gogol/Hatzor's 'The Inspector General 2005', Helen Edmonson's adaptation of 'Anna Karenina' ,Tracy Letts' 'August: Osage County', A.B. Yehoshua's 'A Night in May'. Hillel Mitelpunkt's 'A Road to Damascus'.
In the The Young Company directed: Mackyavelli/Shabtai's 'La Mandragula', Heller's 'Catch 22', 'Civil War', Brecht's 'Caucasian Chalk Circle' , 'Couples' by various Israeli authors and Life x 3 by Yasmina Reja.
For the Kameri Theatre directed: Buto Strauss's 'Big and small', C.P. Taylor's 'Good' which won Awards for both Best Production and best Director. Martin Sherman's 'Bent' and Becket's 'Waiting for Godot' and Lerner's 'Kastner' which won the Meskin Award for best New Play. Gogol/Hazor's 'The Inspector General, Ibsen/Bergman's 'Nora', Chanoch Levin's 'Chefets' and 'Mopers'.
For Haifa Theatre. His multi lingual and political 'Waiting for Godot' won many accolades; Ilan was selected by the University of Michigan as one of the top Becket directors and was subsequently commissioned to contribute to Prof, Louise Oppenheim's book 'Directing Becket'.
For Beit Lessin Theatre Directed: Harvey Feinstein's 'Torch Song Trilogy', Dario Fo's 'Accidental Death of an Anarchist' Peter Nichol's 'Passion play', Tennessee Williams 'A Streetcar Named Desire'.
His international work includes directing 'Kastner' for Israeli authors. Heilbroun Theatre, Germany. 'Le Bourgoise Gentilhomme' By Moliere for the Mali Theatre in Moscow. 'Michael Kolhaas' was invited to Edinburgh and Warsaw's International Theatre Festivals as well as to various theatres in Germany, to Moscow and St Petesburg. His productions were invited to international festivals in Germany, Russia , Manchester, Prague, Torino, Budapest, Bucarest and Parma.
Ilan Ronen's awards include: Moshe Halevi Award, Finkel Award, Milo Award, and most recently The Rosenblum Award from the City of Tel Aviv.