Rina Yerushalmi


Rina Yerushalmi (born March 1, 1939) is an Israeli theater director and choreographer. At age 20, after her mandatory service in the Israeli Defense Force, Yerushalmi moved to London, where she studied Laban movement analysis with Kurt Jooss and stage management at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Back in Israel, Yerushalmi studied the Lee Strasberg method with Nola Chilton and the Feldenkrais method with Moshe Feldenkrais. Yerushalmi moved to the United States in the late 1960s to pursue her MFA in theater directing at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Yerushalmi's final project at Carnegie Mellon, under the mentorship of Professor Leon Katz, was an adaptation of Buchner's Woyzeck. In 1970, after finishing her MFA, Yerushalmi moved to New York City and began working with Ellen Stewart's La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club in the East Village of Manhattan. She was a resident director at La MaMA from 1972-1978. Yerushalmi directed a number of productions at La MaMa throughout the 1970s and early 1980s, including: Toy Show (1970); Ta, Ta, Tatata (1970); Shekhina: The Bride (1971); Some Such Things (1978); Glasshouse (1980); and Yossele Golem (1982). She also choreographed and performed in An Ecumenical Theatrical Liturgy on the Rights of the Child (1979) and performed in Shradanjali (1982) at La MaMa. During this time, she also founded a branch of La MaMa in Tel Aviv, which was active from 1972-1974.

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