YAGIL ELIRAZ Director
Yagil has a rich and diverse directing and teaching career, with shows that vary from classical plays such as The Oresteia, Oedipus and Coriolanus, to new work focused on contemporary issues; from Monodramas to opera, from stylized movement-based performances to hyper realistic German drama. In Israel, he has directed for the leading repertory companies, as well as for fringe theaters and acting studios. In the U.S., prior to studying at Yale, Yagil was invited to Chicago (The Theater Building) to direct a monodrama he wrote about the young Adolf Hitler.
Along with his freelance directing, Yagil has also served as the artistic director and chief producer of two large annual festivals in Israel: SmallBama Festival of Tel Aviv University and the Israel Festival’s Arena.
As a professor, Yagil taught at Amherst College, MA. In Israel, he taught directing at Bezalel, Israel's leading academy of arts and design, and founded the theatre-directing program at the Tel-Aviv Tzavta Theater.
In 2008 Yagil won the Morasha Foundation’s grant for outstanding artists, and in 2011 he represented Israel in the Prague Quadrennial with his opera adaptation of Oedipus. He is honored to have been awarded the Yale University President’s Public Service Fellowship in 2014.
Yagil has an M.F.A in Theater Directing from the David Geffen School of Drama at Yale University (2016). He holds a B.A degree (Magna) in Theater Directing from the Faculty of the Arts at Tel-Aviv University (2010).