Eli M Schoenfeld is a multidisciplinary award-winning performer and theatre-maker. Born in Los Angeles, California, he moved with his family to Israel in 1992, and studied at Yeshivat Ha’Kibbutz Ha’Dati Ma’aleh Gilbo’a before serving in the IDF’s Home Front Command.
Eli is a graduate of the MA Theatre Lab program at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London (2016), and a graduate summa cum laude of the Nissan Nativ Acting Studio in Jerusalem (2013).
Eli won the AICF Acting scholarship in 2012, and the Dr. Ely & Esther Leon Acting scholarship in 2013. He has since performed at the Israel Festival, the Holon Puppet Theatre Festival, the Jerusalem Theatre and Habima National Theatre, among other venues. His movement theatre piece “Black Widow”, created with fellow AICF scholarship recipient Helena Pogosov, won 1st prize at the Marcel Marceau International Silent Theatre competition at the WoMan Stage festival, 2013. He is a co-creator and performer in Lilach Dekel-Avneri’s “The Lost Paradise”, winner of the 2014 Acco Israeli Theatre Festival. Since then he has performed and directed in various settings in Israel and the UK, most recently as a founding member of the London-based Psychopomp! Theatre Collective.
In addition to acting, movement, and theatre-making, Eli is also interested in music, and studies and performs Classical, Jazz, and contemporary vocal works.
Eli lives in Brooklyn.