David Zinder


Israeli-born actor, teacher and director. A graduate of Manchester University (UK) and a professional actor in Israel (1966-71), with a PhD (summa cum laude) in theatre from the University of California at Berkeley (1976).

From 1976 to 2004 David taught acting and directing at the Theatre Arts Dept. of Tel Aviv University (retired in 2004 as Professor Emeritus) and directed over 70 productions in the department, and in professional theatres in Israel and abroad. Since 1980 has been giving workshops in acting training in Israel, Europe (including RESAD and the L’ABADIA company in Madrid), the US, the UK, India and the Far East.

David is also a Master Teacher of the Michael Chekhov Technique, a founding member of the Michael Chekhov Association (MICHA) and a board member of Michael Chekhov Europe. His unique approach to acting training – ImageWork Training – was elaborated in his book, BODY VOICE IMAGINATION: ImageWork Training and the Chekhov Technique. (Routledge, New York 2010 – this is the 2nd edition, originally published in 2002).

Since 2002 David has been a regular guest director in Hungarian-speaking theatres in Romania, and among his production are The Dybbuk (a finalist for UNITER’s Best Production of 2002), The Bacchae, Macbeth, Peer Gynt and Six Characters in Search of an Author. In May 2012 he directed his adaptation of Lorca’s Blood Wedding with the Samahaara theatre company in Hyderabad, India, in March 2015 he directed a radical re-working of Hedda Gabler by Ibsen at The Zurich Academy of the Arts. At present – January 2016 – he is working on a unique collaboration with renowned Indian poet Sudeep Sen to create a theatre piece based on Sen’s poetry.

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