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Yael Farber

director, playwright

Yael Farber is an award-winning director and playwright of international acclaim. She worked extensively at the famous Market Theatre in Johannesburg, winning three BEST DIRECTOR awards in her native South Africa. In 2003 she was named ARTIST OF THE YEAR in recognition of the body of work she had created. She is renowned for socio-politically hard-hitting, powerful works of high artistic standard. Her original texts are published by Oberon Books (London, UK), and the productions have toured across the USA, the UK (including runs in the West End and at the Barbican Theatre), Canada, Australia, Japan, Europe and Africa. She has won a SCOTSMAN FRINGE FIRST AWARD, THE ANGEL HERALD AWARD and A SONY GOLD AWARD. She has been nominated for A DRAMA DESK AWARD in USA; a TMA BEST DIRECTOR AWARD in UK. She is a past invitee of Lincoln Theatre Directors' Workshop, has been a resident artist at Mabou Mines Theatre Company in New York, created a new piece on commission for Haus de Kulttur in der Wereld in Berlin and developed an original text at the Sundance Theatre Laboratory. She is currently Head of the Directing Program at the National Theatre School in Montreal, Canada. Her commissioned adaptation of THE RAMAYANA will play at The Culture Project (NY) next year, as will MOLORA - her radical reworking of the Oresteia Trilogy. Ms. Farber is presently Playwright-in-Residence for Nightwood Theatre (Toronto, Canada) creating an adaptation of Iphigenia, look at Honor Killings. She will take up a short residency at University of Maryland next year, to initiate her adaptation of a King Lear set in the Middle East. Ms. Farber's productions (past, current and upcoming) are created and toured under her company The Farber Foundry.