Zvi Sahar is an Israeli born actor, director, and puppeteer, currently living and working in New Jersey. Sahar holds a BA in theater (Cum Laude) studies from Haifa University, and is a graduate of Yoram Levinstein performing school, Tel-Aviv. Over the years Sahar’s works have been supported by Cheryl Henson of the Jim Henson Foundation, The Consulate General of Israel in New York, the America-Israel Cultural Foundation, the Yehoshua Rabinovich Foundation and the Isarel Lottery Council for the Arts.
As a puppeteer, Sahar designs, creates and directs his puppet shows. His recent show “Planet Egg” participated in the St. Ann’s Warehouse Puppet Lab, and in June 2011 had its American debut as a preview at the Labapalooza! Festival in Brooklyn, New York. It later premiered at The International Puppet Theater & Film Festival in Holon, Israel, and at Dixon’s Place in New York.
Sahar’s current project ‘Salt of the Earth’ is currently in progress at the LABA project located at the 14th St. Y in New York City, and will premiere at the LABA Festival, May 2012. ‘Salt of the Earth’ is the second project based on Live Puppet Cinema technique, involving both puppetry, acting, and live music.
With his own Tel-Aviv based theatre company, Sahar co-directed & starred in the critically-acclaimed Richard III at Tmu-na Theater and Oedipus Rex at Hasimta Theate. Sahar worked as an actor with several prominent theater groups in Israel including “Itim Ensemble” with director Rina Yerushalmi at the Cameri Theater of Tel Aviv and the Be’er Sheva Theater. Sahar has performed at international festivals in the Czech Republic with the puppet show “A Story of a Lonley Man” by Ofer Amram, and in Amsterdam, Holland with “Freaks” by director Sigal Avin.