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Yael Ronen

Acclaimed Israeli playwright and director Yael Ronen is internationally known as one of her generation’s most exciting theatre makers, gaining particular renown for her ability to wield dark humor to tackle the challenging subject matter of modern conflicts. 

Born into a theatrical family in Jerusalem in 1976, Ronen studied dramatic writing in New York and directing in Tel Aviv. Today, she is in-house director at the Maxim Gorki Theatre in Berlin.

Her play “Third Generation,” which features German, Israeli and Palestinian actors, confronted the complex dynamics between these three nations. It was met with acclaim upon its 2009 premiere and invited to numerous festivals. 

In 2013, Ronen staged the world premiere of the adaptation of Olga Grjasnowa’s bestselling novel “All Russians Love Birch Trees,” which was invited to the renowned Theatertreffen Festival at Berlin in 2015 and won the audience award at Mülheimer Theatertage.

“The Situation,” which Ronen developed together with a six-actor ensemble, navigates the political situation in the Middle East. After premiering at the Gorki in September 2015, it was selected by critics in the Theater heute journal’s annual survey as the play of the year for 2016 in addition to nabbing her a second invitation to the Theatertreffen festival. 

Ronen’s other accolades include the Austrian Nestroy theatre prize, the 14. Europe Prize for Theatrical Realities and more.

Since the 2019-2020 season she has been a member of the Gorki’s newly founded Artistic Advisory Board, which advises artistic director Shermin Langhoff on the theatre’s artistic direction.