Yael Cramsky

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Yael Cramsky
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Yael Cramsky is a Senior Lecturer and the Head of the Program for Outstanding Students in Acting. (Direct Track for a Master's Degree Program.) She is an Acting and Directing Teacher in the Theatre Arts Department at Tel-Aviv University.

Yael Cramsky directs and writes stage adaptations of novels and is a graduate of The Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance. She continued her studies in New York with artists and researchers in dance and movement, where she published her first creations from 1988 to 1992.  She holds a graduate degree in Directing from the Theater Arts Department at Tel-Aviv University.

She has recently led the "Passport" ensemble, founded in 2014 in Tel Aviv. The group focuses upon classical plays and stage adaptations of canonical literary works. The central theme around which she creates her work is human rights. The stage language of her work is characterized by cinematic expressions.  Together with the members of the ensemble, Yael Cramsky explores and develops a connection between the language of the stage with that of the screen (cinematic and video art), as well as the characteristics of visual images, physical theatre, and more recently, vocal works.

Ms. Cramsky has taught acting, directing, theatre movement, and movement in various institutions around the country, including The School of Visual Theater in Jerusalem; Thelma Yellin; Shenkar College; "Search Engine"; and "Sam Spiegel".  She was a partner on the artistic committees: "The Dance Arena"; The Interdisciplinary Arena; and "Experimental Tools" in Bikurei Ha'Itim.


Plays directed by Yael Cramsky:

"Lea" Adapted to the stage and directed the autobiographical book "It is the Light",  by Lea Goldberg and texts from her personal diary, Performed at the Tel Aviv Museum. In 2014, she established her theatre group "Ensemble Passport"..  Passport, The Academy for Performance Arts, Zurich (ZHdK); Citizen K', an adaptation based on "The Trail" by Franz Kafka, Habima and Tmuna Theatres, Tel-Aviv; Passport, a stage adaptation from "Flüchtlingsgespräche" by Bertolt Brecht, "Letters" by Walter Benjamin and Gershom Scholem, including personal testimony from the director's father in exile during World War II (Nominated for six Golden Hedgehog Awards and the Winner of the Stage Adaptation Award), Nachmani Theatre, Tel-Aviv;  Beats, a stage production for children including a life-animated movie by David Shalita and the "Revolution Orchestra", sponsored by the National Lottery; The Maids by Jean Genet, Herzliya Ensemible Theatre; Dans la solitude des champs de coton by Bernard-Marie Koltès; Babushka by Adi Segev, "Open Stage" Festival at Beit Lessin Theatre; Ghosts by Henrik Ibsen, Tmuna Theatre; The Staring Eye by Gilad Evron, Short play festival at Tzavta; The Floating Tower  an interdisciplinary show based on text from the Mishna, Israel Festival; Dream Play by August Strindberg, HaMa'abada Theatre, Jerusalem; A Kind of Alaska by Harold Pinter, University Theatre, Tel-Aviv;  Mein Kampf by George Tabori, University Theatre, Tel-Aviv.

Choreographed works:

Hagigit - Dance Theatre Group - ZOA, Tel-Aviv, Habama, Jerusalem, Museum Ein Hod, Ein Hod; On a Thin Rope - Tami Cultural Centre, Tel-Aviv; Local Movement – Chadarim Dance Festival, Tel-Aviv; Golem – Suzanne Dellal Centre, Tel-Aviv, Habama, Jerusalem; Isham – Spring Dance Festival – Suzanne Dellal Centre, Tel-Aviv; Vertical 3 – Habama Theatre, Jerusalem; Vertical 2 – New York City; Vertical 1 – New York City; Ropes  - New York City; First Arrival – New York City.

Choreography for plays:

Hadibbuk – New Delhi; Heda Gabler – Zurich; Hadibbuk – The National Hungarian Theatre, Cluj, Romania; Men in the Sun, Beit HaGefen, Arab-Jewish Cultural Centre, Haifa; The Third Reich, Al Midan Theatre, Haifa.

Dance performances include:

Jean Marry Dance Theatre Group, New York City; Improvisation Group, New York City; Amos Pinchasi's Dance Ensemble, New York City; Zvi Guttenheimer's Dance Ensemble, Jerusalem.

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