Czyzewski (Sejny, Poland) is a poet, essayist, translator and editor.
He was one of the founders of the Gardzienice Theatre. In 1983 during
the martial law in Poland, he established (with Rafal Grupinski) the underground
periodical Czas Kultury, which is now among the most important cultural
periodicals in Poland. In the mid-80s, he co-founded the Arka theatre
and initiated the "Meeting Village" project in Czarna Dabrowka
for alternative theatre. In 1991, he established the International Center
Borderland of Cultures, Arts, Nations and became its director. The Centre
is located in a small multicultural town Sejny, close to the Lithuanian
border in a former synagogue and talmudic school buildings. The Borderlands
Foundation and Centre projects include: the Central European Cultural
Forum, the Borderland Culture Documentary Center, the Borderland School,
The Memory of Ancient Times, flying Cafe Europe (an international literary
group), Borderland Publishing House. In 1993, he became the editor-in-chief
of the Krasnogruda magazine of literature and art. He is the recipient
of the POLCUL Foundation Prize (Melbourne), the Stanislaw Wyspianski Prize
for Young Artists (Warsaw), Gabor Bethlen Prize for a Men of Central Europe
(Budapest 1998), Jerzy Giedroyc's Prize of "Male Berlo Kultury Polskiej"
1999; the Tygodnik Powszechny St. George's Order 2000 and the Prize of
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 2001.
(New York) is Professor of Theatre at Columbia University's School of
the Arts. He is the author of American Avant-Garde Theatre: A History;
Architect of Dreams: The Theatrical Vision of Joseph Urban; American Set
Design; and The History and Theory of Environmental Scenography. His articles
have appeared in such publications as the Cambridge History of American
Theatre, Cambridge Companion to Chekhov, and the New York Times Book Review.
He served as Chair of the Theatre Arts Division at Columbia (1991-1998),
and prior to that he chaired the theatre departments at Hunter College
and the University of Michigan.
Forgách (Budapest) is a freelance writer, translator and graphic
artist. He studied history and philosophy at the ELTE University, Budapest.
He has been literary manager in several theatres, including Kecskeméti
Katona Jósef Theatre, Népszínhás, and the
National Theatre. Between 1995 and 1997 he regularly had his work shown
in the Új Theatre and the Budapest Chamber Theatre. He has written
several books including 'Vicious Success' (essays) in 2000 and 'Who Isn't?'
(a novel) in 1999. In addition to many plays, he wrote the screenplay
for the film 'The Long Twilight' which won 12 prizes. The most recent
of his plays that have been published and performed are 'The Gold Dragon'
based on the novel of Dezso Kosztolányi, premiered at the Sopron
Theatre in 2003, and 'The Song of the Skunk', based on 'The monument of
Boris Davidovic' by Danilo Kis, shown at Stúdió K. He has
translated numerous plays by writers such as Shakespeare, Tennessee Williams,
Jean Genet, and Joe Orton. He has been awarded many prizes including the
1992 Critics Prize (for Vitellius), 2000 Erno Szep Prize, 2002 Juliea
Itzik Galili (Groningen, Netherlands) made his debut as a choreographer in 1990, and by now has 39 choreographies to his name. Galili's work is characterized by a combination of extremes. On the one hand, the performances are abstract, acrobatic and spectacular, on the other associative, intimate and poetic. Since November 1998, Itzik Galili has been artistic director of the Dance Company of the Northern Netherlands, based in Groningen. His recent choreographies include 'Things I told nobody' for the Galili Dance - Ginko company, shown at De Harmonie, Leeuwarden; 'B-Side' for the Ginko Company, shown at the Julidans Festival in Amsterdam, and 'Blue Grass' for Les Ballets de Monte Carlo.
Arnost Goldflam (Brno/Prague) is a playwright, screenwriter, director and actor. He studied direction at the Janácek Academy of Performing Arts (JAMU) in Brno. He was a prominent figure at the Brno studio company HaDivadlo from the mid-1970s, where he remained for twenty years. His work comprises over 20 original plays and adaptations of works by Kafka, Werfel, Placek and others. His plays include 'Agathamania', 'Sand', 'Horror', 'Fragments of an Unfinished Novel' and 'Day of Love'. Goldflam's plays reflect the lot of the ordinary man. 'Sweet Theresienstadt', a play set in the Theresienstadt ghetto and based on the unpublished diary of Willy Mahler, was staged in 1996 at the Archa Theatre as part of an international theatre project. In 2002, Goldflam was appointed artistic director of Klicpera Theatre in Hradce Králové. His play 'They will be called out by name' was listed among the five best plays at Prix Italia 1999 and received Prix Bohemia in the same year.
Goldman (Stockholm) is a playwright who also writes screenplays. She
has written 15 plays and scripts and 10 of them have been produced all
over Scandinavia. The best known of her plays 'Bald Women on a Balcony'
(1995) has had six different productions. One specific aspect of her work
is the focus on Jewish characters and motives in a modern Swedish setting.
Her writing was a driving force behind a new wave of Jewish stage art
in Sweden. The film 'Freud Moves Away from Home' (1990) tells the story
of a young Jewish woman, her relationship to her family, and especially
her mother, who is dying of cancer. It received several international
awards, and has been shown as a lead film at a number of Jewish film festivals
around the world. The play 'The Day of Atonement' was first performed
1998 at the Jewish Theatre in Stockholm and provoked intense debates among
the Jewish audience. She has just finished the first draft of her new
play, 'Nights with Family Cohen', commissioned by the Royal Dramatic Theatre
in Stockholm. It takes place during the 70s-90s in Sweden, and follows
a Jewish family during these decades.
Ruth Ellen Gruber (Morre, Italy and Budapest) is an American writer, photographer and journalist living in Europe. She has published and lectured widely on contemporary Jewish issues. Her most recent book 'Virtually Jewish: Reinventing Jewish Culture in Europe' (University of California Press, 2002) explores non-Jewish interest in Jewish culture in Europe. Her other books include 'Upon the Doorposts of Thy House: Jewish Life in East-Central Europe, Yesterday and Today' and 'Jewish Heritage Travel: A Guide to East-Central Europe'. She co-edited the recent Italian volume '1990-2000': Ebrei europi dieci anni dopo la fine del socialismo reale'.
She was a foreign correspondent with UPI for over a decade in Rome, Brussels, London, Belgrade, Warsaw and Vienna. Her articles have appeared in the New York Times, Business Week, The International Herald Tribune and Ha'aretz. She serves as senior Europe correspondent for the Jewish Telegraphic Agency and has received two Simon Rockower awards for excellence in Jewish journalism. She is the author of several monographs, including 'Filling the Jewish Space in Europe'.
Gzesh (Vienna) was born in Chicago, and has trained and worked in
the performing arts all her life. She attended New York University School
of the Arts, Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute, and received her Bachelors
degree in Theatre Arts from Hunter College, City University of New York.
From 1975-1986 she worked as a dancer and actress during studies in Chicago
and New York. Together with her Austrian musician husband, she toured
the former USSR as a singer at numerous jazz festivals, and in 1989 joined
the Serapions Theatre Ensemble in Vienna, remaining there for twelve years,
performing and touring Europe and Israel. Most recently she created and
performed 'AriirA', a children's theatre piece in Vienna. She is currently
working on a project of a Jewish cultural festival in Vienna.
Eva Hoffman's work has been translated into several languages and she has received numerous grants and awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, a prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and a Whiting Award for Writing. She has written and lectured widely in America, Britain and other European countries on cultural and social issues. She holds a regular appointment as Visiting Professor at the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures at MIT.
Horne (New York) is currently pursuing his DMA in Composition at the
Graduate Center, CUNY. He holds a BA and a Masters degree from Juilliard.
Currently on the theory faculty at New York University, he also teaches
at Counterpoint at Schola Cantorum, Paris since 2001. His works have been
performed at Joe's Pub, Lincoln Center's American Songbook, Broadway's
New Amsterdam Theater, Sesame Street at the Lincoln Center Tree Lighting,
and the final service at Ground Zero. Music-Theatre works include 'The
Tell-Tale Heart' with Mark Campbell and 'Songs for Mr. Sister' with Kate
Rigg. His residences and awards include: New Lyric Festival, NMTC O'Neill
Center, National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts/ARTS, ASCAP Grants
to Young Composers. He has produced numerous recordings including: 'All
Together' Philip Littell, lyrics, New York Concert Singers 'A Season's
Promise' on New World Records, 2001. Lance Horne composed the music for
'AdlerFantasia', a play by Michael Goldstrom, which was awarded a grant
by the European Association for Jewish Culture in 2003.
In 1999, she produced Opera Transatlántica's 'Concierto Barroco' for the London International Festival of Theatre, and in 2001 co-created a new production 'Rondo Adafina' for production in London and Caracas 2002/3 for the company. She has been curator of two major international exhibitions, 'Frantisek Zelenka: Stage Designer 1904-1944' shown in London and the 'Ralph Koltai Retrospective', London and South-East Asia.
Kaut-Howson (London) was born in Poland and trained as a director
at the Polish State Theatre School and later at RADA in London. She has
worked extensively in UK, Israel, Canada, Republic of Ireland, USA, Japan
and Poland. From 1992 to 1995, she was Artistic Director of Theatr Clwyd,
Wales, where her productions included the award winning 'The Devils',
'Full Moon', 'All's Well that Ends Well', 'Jane Eyre', 'A Doll's House'
and 'Macbeth'. In 1994, she received the Peter Brook Open Space Award
for an outstanding body of work at Theatr Clwyd. From 1998 to 2000 she
took over the artistic leadership of the Edinburgh based Communicado Theatre.
Her recent productions include a television version of 'The Keep' (BBC
Wales),'Hindle Wakes', 'Much Ado About Nothing', 'Mrs Warren's Profession,
'Taming of the Shrew', 'Marriage of Figaro' and 'Yerma' all at Manchester
Royal Exchange Theatre, 'Major Barbara' at the Shaw Festival, Canada,
'La Duena' at Opera North, 'Sweet Bird of Youth' and 'Goldfaden Dream'
in Israel, 'King Lear' at the Young Vic and Tokyo Globe, and 'Victory'
at the Wroclawski Teatr Wspolczesny, Poland. She is currently involved
in the production of Eva Hoffman's play 'The Ceremony - Anatomy of a Massacre'.
Jonathan Metzger (Stockholm) is a playwright and director for the theatre and film. He has written a number of plays on contemporary Jewish issues such as 'Kusiner' (Cousins), about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, in which the main plot focuses on a Swedish tabloid-journalist who travels to Israel to investigate the death of a young couple, an Israeli boy and Palestinian girl, who were killed in a bus-bomb. 'Men i framtiden då?' (But what about the future?) centres on the complicated relationship between a young Jewish man, who wrestles with the question of the importance of his Jewish heritage in his life, and a non-Jewish woman.
Jonathan's first full-length feature film, the comedy 'Livet i Bitar' (Bit by Bit) opened nationally in Swedish cinemas in September 2002. The film's main character 'J' is a young Jewish video-game fanatic whose goal in life, to win the Nintendo video-game World Championship, is hampered by his insane Jewish family.
Ari Benjamin Meyers (Berlin) was born in New York. He studied piano, conducting, and composition at the Juilliard School, the Tanglewood Institute, Yale University, Peabody Conservatory. His teachers have included Martin Bresnick and Leonard Bernstein. He first came to Germany to work at the Bayerische Staatsoper. In 1998 he founded Ensemble Weill for the performance of works by Kurt Weill and modern chamber opera. Since 1999, he has been a freelance composer and conductor. For the world premiere of his opera 'Defendants Rosenberg' (Theater der Landeshauptstadt Magdeburg), he received an ASCAP Young Composer Award and the Margaret Jory Award of the American Music Center. Productions as musical director include: 'Einstein on the Beach' (Labor für angewandte Musik), 'Fluten' (Theater am Hallesches Ufer), 'Thoratorium' (Den Anden Oper Copenhagen), 'In C' (Das ABM-Konzept), and the upcoming production of 'Die Dreigroschenoper' (Maxim Gorki Theater, Berlin).
His works have been performed in the U.S. and Europe and commissions include: Staatskapelle Berlin, Figura Ensemble, Euregio Musik Festspiele, Harry White (Rascher Saxophone Quartet). He has composed the music for numerous stage productions including 'Nico: Sphinx aus Eis' by Werner Fritsch and most recently for the Staatstheater Dramstadt production of 'Macbeth'. His newest music/theatre piece 'Hure' was given its first workshop production at Kampnagel Hamburg. He has been commissioned to write pieces for the opening of the Jewish Museum Berlin, the re-dedication of the Rykestrasse Synagoge, and for the Ehemalige Jüdisches Waisenhaus Berlin. Ari also performs in various rock bands.
Daniele Neumann (Paris) is the author of childrens' books as well as a series of animation films 'Tilion' screened in France, Italy and Canada. She is the co-author with Olivia Marcowicz of the play 'Le Rêve Prochain à Jérusalem' (Next dream in Jerusalem), which was performed in France and Israel. A translator of essays and science fiction, she is also editor of art books. Daniele has also collaborated on the screenplay for 'Anita Conti, femme océan' for French TV. She is currently working on a musical theatre project with the Romanian composer Ionel Petrol. For the last five years she has been working at the Alliance Israélite Universelle dealing with media, external relations and art publishing. Jointly with Jean-Jacques Wahl, she has been in charge of the Paris office of the European Association for Jewish Culture since its establishment.
Pascal (London) is a playwright, director and a frequent contributor
to the Guardian, Jewish Chronicle, New Statesman and BBC Radio. Her recent
productions include 'The Yiddish Queen Lear' (Bridewell Theatre, London
2001) and 'Woman on the Moon' (The Arcola Theatre, London 2001), both
of which were published by Oberon Books. 'The Holocaust Trilogy' (Oberon)
was published in 2000. Winner of the BBC's Alfred Bradley Award, Pascal
was the theatre events director for the JC Festival of Jewish Arts &
Culture 2001. Her latest play, 'Crossing Jerusalem', exploring the relationship
between Jews, Israelis and Palestinians as played out by the intersecting
lives of three families, was commissioned and supported by a grant from
the European Association for Jewish Culture. It premiered at The Tricycle
Theatre, London in 2003.
In 1986, he founded the Kavvana Jewish Art Theatre. He has written and directed numerous plays, 'Eight stories for Channuka + One for Shammash, at Teatro Temple, 'Der Dybbuk' for Teatro Tor di Nona and more recently 'Mercy-killing of a Memory' at the Teatro Flaiano, Rome, performed on Holocaust Day 2002 and in Ancona in 2003. In 2003, he was awarded the 1st prize by the Accademia Internationale Sant'Agostino, Rome for his play 'The chameleon's garden'. He has also directed ballet and opera. He is currently working on two new plays, 'Couple and Couple' for Teatro Dei Coronari and '1 mask for 1 tragedy' for Teatro Belli. Pavoncello is also a visual artist whose exhibitions include 'Exodus' in 2002 and 'Words of the Bible and the Invisible Cities' in 2003, as well as earlier works exhibited at the Jewish Museum in Florence and Rome.
Diana Pinto (Paris) is an intellectual historian and writer. The daughter of Italian Jewish parents, educated in the United States and a resident of France, she is equally at home in all three cultures. She is a graduate of Harvard University where she also obtained her PhD in Contemporary European History. She has written widely on transatlantic issues and on French and Italian politics. She is the author of 'Contemporary Italian Sociology' (1981) and 'Entre deux mondes' (1991). After the fall of the Berlin Wall, she was editor in chief of France's first pan-European review for a general public, Belvedere. She subsequently served as a Consultant to the Political Directorate of the Council of Europe for its civil society programmes in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. Dr. Pinto's interest in European Jewry stemmed from her reflections on the new pluralist challenges Europe will confront in the years ahead. She has written widely on the new Jewish presence across Europe and has just completed a book, 'The Wager: Reconciling Europe and the Jewish world'. Her current interests lie in the strengthening of ties between Europe's and Israel's 'other Jewish voices' and in the strengthening of Europe's Jewish spaces particularly via its Jewish museums.
Rock (Stockholm) was one of the creators of Västanå Theater
in Värmland, a regional theatre, where she was a producer and administrative
director for 15 years. She co-founded the Jewish Theatre of Stockholm,
Sweden, where she produced 10 shows.
Judith Russell (London) works for JPR/Institute for Jewish Policy Research as Development Officer and Editor of JPR News. Born in London to German refugee parents, she graduated in French and German at the University of Durham, taught English for a year in Paris and then worked for many years in the publishing industry, first for Haymarket Publishing and then for Octopus Books, in the Foreign Rights department. Her work involved dealing with customers all over Europe, selling foreign rights editions, and overseeing their publication and printing. After several years working in editing, PR and fundraising at the Sternberg Centre for Judaism (Britain's headquarters of the Reform movement), she moved to JPR in 1995. Apart from editing the newsletter and fundraising, her role involves organising high profile events, including receptions in Downing Street, lunches in the House of Lords, and a dinner in honour of the Crown Prince of Jordan.
Sivan (Kiryat Tivon) is originally from New York City, but now lives
in the Galilee with her family. She teaches American literature and writing
at Haifa University and publishes academic work on American writers, among
them Cynthia Ozick and James Baldwin. Her current research is on very
contemporary American fiction, which deals with the Holocaust. In addition,
Miriam writes fiction. Most recently, a short story of hers was published
in Lilith, a Jewish feminist magazine published in New York. It is part
of a collection of short stories about the intersection of war, love,
family, and sex. She is also at work on a novel, which deals with the
writing of Holocaust memoirs and the ongoing impact of this catastrophe
on the Jewish collective psyche.
Malgorzata Sporek-Czyzewska (Sejny, Poland) graduated from the Higher State Theatre School in Warsaw. In the 1980s, she was a member of the avant-garde theatre group Gardzienice, and one of the creators of the theatre group 'Arka' in Poznan. From 1990 she has been a co-author and one of the founders of the Centre Borderlands for arts, culture, nations in Sejny, which deals with borderlands cultures of East-Central Europe. She conducts educational, artistic and publishing projects aiming at restoring the cultural heritage of this part of Europe. Together with Wojciech Szroeder, she runs educational courses for secondary school students titled "Cultural Heritage Class". They both founded Sejny Theatre and are authors of theatrical projects and performances, such as 'Dybuk' and 'Wijuny'. In 2002, they were awarded a grant from the European Association for Jewish Culture for an adaptation of 'A Night in the Old Market' by I.L. Peretz for the Sejny Theatre.
(London) is a founder Director of the European Association for Jewish
Culture. She is also Director for Public Activities at the Institute for
Jewish Policy Research (JPR). Born in Prague, she was educated in Poland
and Belgium where she graduated in history from Brussels University. Before
joining JPR, she worked for the BBC's Music and Arts department. She has
been a contributor to Encyclopaedia Judaica Yearbooks and to Year Book
International on world Jewry, and she edited the French edition of 'Political
Extremism and the Threat to Democracy in Europe' (1994). Her translation
work includes a novel by a Polish modernist playwright, Ignacy Witkiewicz,
'Bungo's Decline'. She has programmed several international conferences
including Planning for the Future of European Jewry, Prague 1995; Strengthening
Jewish Life in Europe,at the Council of Europe, Strasbourg 1997; Jewish
Culture for the 21st Century, Paris 1999; Jewish Identities in post-Communist
Europe, Budapest 2000. She has convened meetings of the Performing and
Visual Arts Forum in London. Her research interests at JPR focus on Jewish
culture and European Jewry.
Róbert Turán (Budapest) has written and produced several plays and musicals, which have been performed throughout Hungary. Among his published dramas are 'The Birds', 'Flight', 'Melina', 'Stragglers', and 'Pay Attention, You Liquid!' His new project for the European Association for Jewish Culture, 'Moses Beyond', is the libretto for a two-act ballet, set at Passover in a 1944 ghetto and in ancient Egypt, where Jewish slaves are building the pharaoh's empire. It follows the recent success of Turán's previous ballet 'Purim or the Casting of Fate', which the Györ National Ballet took to London and New York. The new ballet will also be performed by the Györ National Ballet.
Valean (Bucharest) is a playwright, screenwriter and director. She
wrote her first play in 1998, 'When I want to whistle, I whistle', based
on her research into juvenile delinquents in prison. Her play 'Conspiracy
in the Synagogue' was nominated in 2000 as the Best Play of the Year in
Romania. In 2001, she participated in London's Royal Court Theatre International
Residency programme and her short play 'Where's the Smoke Going?' was
presented at the Royal Court the following year. In addition to producing
children's theatre and multimedia performances, Andrea wrote a script
for '17 minutes late' a short film selected for the Cannes festival in
2002. She is currently the project manager for dramAcum, a contemporary
theatre project aiming to make the connection between young directors
and emerging playwrights, translate new plays from Europe and produce
a new Romanian play. Her new play 'The Last Tarot Game', commissioned
by the European Association for Jewish Culture in 2003, is due to be staged
at the Odeon Theatre in Bucharest.
Faynia was Fellow in Theatre at Bradford and Lancaster Universities, and Visiting Professor at the University of California Davis, and Texas A&M. She teaches MA Directing at Royal Holloway, London University, and at Sussex University, the MA in Dramatic Writing, and 'Shakespeare Our Contemporary', 'Questions of Film'and 'The Power of Communication' for the Arts/Science Project. She is writing a commissioned screenplay with Richard Crane based on Graham Greene's 'A Burnt Out Case' and 'Kantor on Kantor' for Nick Hern Books. She is on the Council and Former Chair of The Directors' Guild of GB, President of the International Theatre Institute's Dramatic Theatre Committee, and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Miriam Yahil-Wax (Caesarea) is a dramaturg, writer and translator. Among her plays are 'The Shit Path', about Israeli-Palestinian conflict, 'The First Stone', the tragedy of an abused Arab woman. 'Without Premeditation', a book of poems, was published in 1977. She is an award-winning translator of some 50 plays and novels. As dramaturg and literary manager of Gesher Theatre, ("One of the more remarkable companies in world drama." The Times, London), she translated Stoppard's 'Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are dead', Gorky's 'Lower Depths', and co-adapted for the stage Dostoyevsky's 'The Idiot', Babel's 'City: Odessa Stories', Schiller's 'Intrigue and Love'. She collaborated with Joshua Sobol on the production of 'Village' by Gesher Theatre. As former dramaturg of Haifa Theatre she worked with him on 'The Jerusalem Syndrome'.
translations include works by Charles Dickens, Carson McCullers, Doris
Lessing, Peter Carey, John Le-Carre, Margaret Atwood, Doktorow and many
others. Her most recent publication is a translation of Molière's
'Don Juan'. Formerly a lecturer in drama (Stanford, UCSC), Artistic Director
of the National Theater for the Young, Artistic Director of Haifa Theatre
Festival, Dr. Yahil-Wax also lectures at Tel Aviv University School of