Dr. Jeanette Malkin
Senior Lecturer and Chair of the Theatre Studies Department
Jeanette Malkin is Chair of the Department of Theatre Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She recently co-edited the book Jews and the Making of Modern German Theater (University of Iowa Press, 2010). She is the author of: Memory-Theater and Postmodern Drama (University of Michigan Press, 1999); and Verbal Violence in Contemporary Drama: From Handke to Shepard (Cambridge University Press, 1992). Her articles on ethnicity and theatre culture, on modernist German theatre, on Heiner Müller, Thomas Bernhard, Samuel Beckett, Robert Wilson, and on Postmodernism have appeared in numerous academic journals and edited books. In 2005 she established a Working Group on Jewish Intercultural Performance, her current area of research, at the IFTR, the International Federation of Theatre Research.
Dr. Yair Lipshitz
Associate Professor (Senior Lecturer)
Yair Lipshitz is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Theatre Arts in Tel Aviv University, and a teaching fellow at the Department of Theatre Studies of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. His main field of research is the various intersections between Theatre, Performance and Jewish culture. Other fields of interest include Performance and Religion, early modern theatre and drama, and concepts of theatricality and playfulness. His book, The Holy Tongue, Comedy’s Version: Intertextual Dramas on the Stage of “A Comedy of Betrothal”’ was published (in Hebrew) by Bar-Ilan University Press, as part of their “Interpretation and Culture” series. His next book, Embodied Tradition: Essays on Jewish Theatre is forthcoming (in Hebrew) at Ben Gurion University Press. He has also published several papers dealing with Jewish-Italian theatre in the Renaissance; ritual objects in modern Jewish theatre; Dybbuks and Golems; the drama of Tony Kushner, Hanoch Levin, and Shmuel Hasfari; and on the image of the ‘body’ in Rabbinic literature.
Dr. Kinneret Noy
Kinneret Noy studied Noh dancing and singing with the Noh master Takabayashi Shinji from the Kita School, Kyoto. She received a PhD from the University of Pittsburgh, USA, and wrote her thesis on “A Comparative Study of Ancient Greek and Classical Japanese Theatres.” Since 1998 she has taught at the Theatre Studies and East-Asian departments of Haifa University and of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and has published many articles. She also teaches theatre history and Japanese acting styles at the Drama School of the HaKibbutzim College of Education. Dr. Noy has directed plays by both ancient Greek and Japanese playwrights, including Aeschylus’ The Persians (Tel-Aviv, 2003).
Dr. Olga Levitan
Lecturer (Teaching Fellow, Academic Adviser)
Olga Levitan holds an MA degree in theatre theory and history from The Academy of Theatre, Cinema, and Music (Leningrad, Russia) and a PhD from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She started her professional career as a theatre critic in Leningrad and Moscow and held a position as art expert of fringe theatre in the Association of Russian Theatre Artists. In 1989 Dr. Levitan moved to Israel. She is a teaching fellow and academic adviser at the Department of Theatre Studies of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and a teaching fellow at the Department of Arts in Education of the David Yellin Academic College for Education. Her fields of research include multicultural theatre, Jewish and Israeli theatre, and Russian modernistic theatre. She has published numerous articles on these subjects in academic journals and books. Olga Levitan is co-editor of the forthcoming book Multicultural Theatre in Israel (Safra: University of Tel-Aviv).
Doctoral Candidate (Teaching Fellow)
Keren Cohen is a PhD candidate at the Department of Theatre Studies and at the DAAD Center for German Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where she also works as a teaching assistant. Ms. Cohen is part of the Hebrew University’s Honors Program and a recipient of the Polonsky Scholarship for Outstanding Doctoral Candidates. Her PhD dissertation examines the aesthetic of American avant-garde theatre director Robert Wilson from an intercultural American-German perspective. Initial conclusions of this research have been presented at international conferences and published as journal and book articles.