Ofira Henig

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Ofira Henig (born March 1960) is an Israeli theater director. She has served as the artistic director of Jerusalem's Khan Theatre, the Israel Festival, The Laboratory in Jerusalem, and the Herzliya Theater Ensemble.


Born in 1960 on Kibbutz Ruhama, Israel, Ofira Henig was the third child of the administrator Nathan (Nånoor) Hönig (born 1929 in Czechoslovakia) and rhythmics teacher Bessie née Schauffer (born 1928 in Lithuania).[1] Her parents had immigrated to Palestine from Switzerland in 1945. In 1962, the family moved to Holon. Henig attended Mitrani Municipal High School. After military service from 1979-1981, she studied drama at the Kibbutz College in Tel Aviv, graduating in 1986.[1][2]

Her first directing projects included Peter Schaffer's Equus (1989) and Martin Sherman's Bent (1990), both of which premiered at Beit Zvi in Ramat Gan.

From 1991-1993, she worked as a director for Habima Theatre in Tel Aviv. In 1995, she became the artistic director of Jerusalem's Khan Theatre.[3] She later served as the director of the Israel Festival.[3] In 2002, she was appointed the artistic director of theater and dance for the Jerusalem International Festival, and in 2004 she took on the artistic direction of The Laboratory, a new experimental theater in Jerusalem.[1][4] In 2008, she became the leader of the Herzliya Theater Ensemble.[5]

In 2006, she staged In Spitting Distance, a one-man show written by Taher Najib and starring Khalifa Natour. The piece garnered international recognition. The play toured the world, performing at the Sydney Opera House, the Deutsches Theater in Berlin, and the Barbican Centre in London.[2][6][7]

Her 2016 work Manmaro features Khalifa Natour and deals with the experiences of Syrian refugees.[8]

Selected works[edit]



  • 2006 Best Performance at TheaterNETTO In Spitting Distance[3]
  • 2004 Israel Theater Prize[9]
  • 2000 Director of the Year for Back to the Desert[1]


  1. ^ a b c d Yerushalmi, Dorit. "Ofira Henig". Jewish Women's Archive Encyclopedia. Retrieved 2016-06-15.
  2. ^ a b Berlin, Deutsches Theater. "Ofira Henig". www.deutschestheater.de. Retrieved 2016-06-15.
  3. ^ a b c Lori, Aviva (2010-09-24). "Dramatic Effects". Haaretz. Retrieved 2016-06-15.
  4. ^ Haedicke, Susan C. (2009-01-01). Political Performances: Theory and Practice. Rodopi. p. 105. ISBN 9042026065.
  5. ^ Kaye, Helen. "New captain for Herzliya Theater". The Jerusalem Post | JPost.com. Retrieved 2016-06-15.
  6. ^ Phillips, Richard. "In Spitting Distance: war, exile and other daily realities for Palestinians - World Socialist Web Site". www.wsws.org. Retrieved 2016-06-15.
  7. ^ "In Spitting Distance". barbican.org.uk. Retrieved 2016-06-15.
  8. ^ "Ofira Henig". As-Is-Arts. Retrieved 2016-06-15.
  9. ^ "Kudos to the Khan". The Jerusalem Post | JPost.com. Retrieved 2016-06-15.

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