Micah Lewensohn

Micah Lewensohn (Hebrew: מיכה לבינסון, (August 27, 1952, In Jerusalem - March 20, 2017 in Tel Aviv) was an Israeli theater director and actor.

Background

Lewensohn was a graduate of the Israeli Music Conservatory in Tel Aviv. During his army years he was a senior editor-producer in the IDF Radio where he also hosted numerous radio programs and served as a military correspondent in the Yom Kippur War (1973) and later in the 1st Lebanon War (1982).

After completing his studies at New York University Film School (BA) and Theater Directing (MFA) – he received a National Endowment for the Arts grant, serving as the Assistant General Director at the Pittsburgh Public Theater.

Since his return to Israel in 1980, he directed over 50 productions in all theaters in Israel.

His productions won several theater prizes: best play, best musical, best revival as well as best director awards.

Directing for the Theater

Additional Activities

Alongside his work in the theater, Lewensohn directed entertainment spectacles, musical events and commercials. Among his projects:

  • Narrator The Land Shall Not Rest - TV documentary series marking 40 years to the Yom Kippur War. (2013)
  • Director & storyteller The Chain of Generations - museological video installation, Western Wall Heritage Center, Jerusalem, (Recipient of the 2008 Thea Award, USA for outstanding achievement. (opened 2005)
  • Performer (Video installation) Hertzl Museum Visitors Center, Jerusalem (opened 2005)
  • Narrator Slaves of the Sword - co-produced by Bellfilms-Israel, BBC-U.K, ZDF/ARTE - Germany/France. (2003)
  • Artistic Director Love in Jerusalem, Music Festival (2002)
  • Host & Interviewer of TV series recorded at the Jazz Blues & Videotape Festival (40 episodes for channel 2 Israel). (2001)
  • Artistic Director By My Spirit, A Universal Spiritual Gathering in Toledo, Spain of which the highlight was a concert of the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra with Placido Domingo, conducted By Maestro Zubin Mehta. (1992)
  • Concept & Choreography - The Lazy Bums, Israel’s representative to the Eurovision Song Contest, Brussels, Belgium. (1987)
  • BBC TV directing course under a grant from the British Council. (1990)
  • Taught acting and directing at the Tel Aviv University, Beit Zvi, Sam Spiegel Film and Television School and at Seminar Hakibbutzim.
  • Artistic Director, The Israel Festival, Jerusalem (1994-2001)
  • General Director, Beit Zvi School of the Performing Arts in Ramat Gan, (2009-2014)
  • Lewensohn played a supporting role in Joseph Cedar’s 2011 film, Footnote, nominated for an Academy Award in the category of Best Foreign Film.

Translations

From English to Hebrew

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Death

Micah Lewensohn passed away in his home on Monday night, March 20th, 2017. He was 64 years old. He is survived by his wife. two children. and two grandchildren.

References

  1. Patience, Martin (2006-04-07). "Hitler musical big hit in Israel". BBC News. Retrieved 2011-10-10.
  2. Handelzalts, Michael (2008-04-02). "Theater / Oh yes, it was worth it". Haaretz.com. Retrieved 2011-10-10.
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