Tel Aviv, Israel
Rina Yerushalmi, director, was born in Israel. In 1989 she founded the Itim Theatre Ensemble in affiliation with The Cameri Theatre of Tel Aviv. Her production with the Ensemble include Hamlet, for which she has been awarded The Margalit Award for Best Director and Best Production, Israel 1990. Hamlet appeared at The International Shakespeare Festival in Brawnnschweig, Germany, 1990; BAM, New York, 1992; The International Holland Festival, Amsterdam 1992. Woyzeck, for which she received the Halevi Award for Best Production and for her Contribution to the Theatre, 1991. Romeo and Juliet, which was the first Israeli production to appear at The International Shakespeare Festival, London, under the auspices of The Royal Shakespeare Company. The Bible Project, her latest work with the Ensemble, was granted The Theatre Academy Award 1998, Israel, and the 1999 Millo Award for Best Director. Her latest opera, Electra (Strauss) performed at The International Opera Festival, Israel, and at the International Opera Festival 2000, Savonlina, Finland. These projects have established Yerushalmi’s artistic uniqueness, and have made her work a milestone in the theatre scene in Israel.
In 2001 she received the title of Doctor Phiosophiae Honoris Causa from The Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
Rina Yerushalmi is the recipient of the UNESCO fellowship for Theatre Research, Japan, and The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) fellowship for television. She serves as a Professor at The Tel Aviv University.
One of Yerushalmi’s great successes was The Bible Project, 4 parts, 1996-2000. The parts were staged in many countries and Yerushalmi was awarded non-stop by many such as the Yoseph Milo Prize (Tel Aviv). Itim-Cameri was praised by many such as the American Theater, May-June 2002 which wrote: Rina Yerushalmi’s ITIM Ensemble is an outstanding artistic phenomenon in Israeli theater. In the 10 years of its existence, working in cooperation with the Cameri Theatre of Tel Aviv, ITIM Ensemble performed in the most prestigious international festivals and its productions, directed by Rina Yerushalmi, acquired worldwide recognition for their artistic achievements.