עודד ליפשיץ – מחזאי ובמאי This is me

Oded Liphshitz

Playwright and Director

Contact: odedliph@gmail.com, +972-544-4930296, +1 650-281-7327

Wikipedia: link

Brief

Oded Liphshitz is a playwright and director, born and Haifa, Israel, 1981. Graduated with excellence from the Tel Aviv University Theatre Department, where he later became a directing and playwriting teacher. He also earned a Masters in Fine Arts in Directing from Tel Aviv University, studied Playwriting at the New School for Drama in New York, and has a Meditation and Mindfulness Teacher Certificate from Wingate College, 2022. 

Oded has worked as an assistant director for renowned directors such as Bernard Murat, Krzysztof Warlikowski, and Włodzimierz Staniewski, among others. He is a freelance mindfulness instructor and a playwright and was a director of the Jewish Texts creative ensemble at Midrash Bama (2009-2014) were he and the ensemble transromed Jewish texts into theatrical events by a process of study and recreation.

As a playwright and director, Oded has written and directed various plays that have been staged and acclaimed in Israel, Europe, and the United States. Some of his most notable productions include “Albert,” which won the 2012 Bernstein Prize for literature and was produced as an Opera (BZA 2017),  “The light turns up on me,” which won the Best Play Award at the Beit-lessin Open-stage festival in 2010, His play Shirat Elor is expectetd to be produced in Haifa Theatre 2024, he is currently writing a new screenplay commissioned by the Israeli Film Fund.

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Oded has also received awards and recognition for his work in the theatre industry, including the 2013 Israeli Lottery Foundation for Culture and Art Writing Grant, the 2010/11 Excellence Scholarship Dean, and the 2007 1st place in the Playwriting contest at Tel Aviv University. His work has been published in “Theatre: a Quarterly for contemporary art,” among other publications.

Education 

Meditation and Mindfulness Teacher Certificate – Wingate College, 2022.

Playwriting MFA program at New School for Drama, New York, 2014 – 2015.

Masters in Fine Arts in Directing, Tel Aviv University 2009 – 2011.

Bachelor’s Degree, Theatre Arts and Literature. Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, 2006 – 2009. 

Workshops and continuing education:

Assistant Director for            Theatre Eduard 7th    Paris        2013        

Bernard Murat.            

Assistant Director for             Nowy Teatr        Warsaw        2010

Krzysztof Warlikowski.

Directing workshop with        Tel Aviv University    Tel Aviv        2009

Włodzimierz Staniewski

Poetry Workshop            Tel Aviv University     Tel Aviv        2006

Playwriting Workshop            Yuval Hamon School Of writing   Tel Aviv        2002    

Teaching

Playwriting Workshop teacher – Sandlot Habama – 2023

Mindfulness freelance instructor – 2022-2023

Midrash Bama – playwright and director of Jewish Texts creative ensemble – 2009-2014

Directing and Playwriting teacher at Tel Aviv University 2016. 

Directing and Playwriting teacher at Tel Aviv University 2010-2014. 

Playwriting & Directing*

Shirat Elor, the trial of Elor Azaria, (Planned) Haifa Theater 2023

A Cosmetic Fairytale (Staged Reading) Hakamery Theatre 2019

Albert, The opera, BZA, 2017.

The Girl Who Is Actually a Wheelbarrow (Staged reading), Hamakom Theatre, Vienna, Dir Ingrid Lang 2016.

The Mango doesn’t fall not far from the tree (S.R)  Story people festival, New york, Dir. Lana Russell. 2015.

One can work with that, Tmuna theatre, Tel aviv, 2014,  Mountview academy, London, Dir. Orit Azriel. 2014.

Jona’s Story, Iyun Theatre group. Tel Aviv, 2013

The light turns up on me, “Hamakom Theatre” (S.R), Vienna 2014.  “Heidelberger Stückemarkt” (S.R), Dir Noam Shmuel, Heidelberg, 2010. ”Bet-lessin, Stage market” (S.R), Dir, Noam Shmuel, Tel Aviv, 2010. ”Lifgosh: To meet” Festival (S.R), Dir. Eyal Israel. , London, 2013.

Kigler: His life and death, Acco Festival, Acco, IL, 2012. Herzllia Enssemble, Herzlia, IL, 2012.

Perpetuum Mobile, Tau Theatre, Tel Aviv, 2011.

Creditors, (Adaptation from strindberg) Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, 2009.

Sonia and Bobek,    5th International Play Festival, Ohio, Dir. Yogi Eliraz. 2007. Tmunah Theatre, Tel Aviv, Dir Yagil Eliraz, 2008.

A Chair, Arab Hebrew Theatre, Tel Aviv, 2008.

Tsotsi, 7th Annual Small Bama Festival, Tel Aviv, 2008, Tmunah Theatre, Tel Aviv, 2009.

The Girl Who Is Actually a Wheelbarrow, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Dir. Edna Shavit, 2009.   

Yam Yabasha, “Iyun” Theatre Group, Around Israel, 2009.

A Requiem to Daniel, Act II Festival, Haifa, 2009.

Now In Front Of the wall. Tzavta festival for Israeli Drama, Tel Aviv, Dir. Rina Hanoch, 2008.

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*Productions have been written and directed by Oded Liphshitz, unless mentioned otherwise.

Awards

Professional

2013    “Israeli Lotteri foundation for Culture and Art”

    Writing Grant for “I came into the world”

2012    “Bernstein Prize for literature” for the play “Albert”

2010    Best Play Award for “The light turns up on me”            Beit-lessin Open-

                                    stage festival.

2010    Best Play collective award for “The light turns upon me”        Heidelberg Stukemarkt

2010    Citation Award for “we can do something about it”        Tsavta “Tsav kri’a” Fest’.

2010    Citation Award for writing and directing “Yam Yabasha”         “Sal Tarbut” by the IL         

                                    Culture Dept’.

2008    1st place: best play, best production, best performance for    “Small Stage” Fest.

    “Tzotzi”

2007     1st place in playwrighting contest “Sonia and bobek”        Tel Aviv University

Academic

2010/11 Excellency Scholarship                        Dean

2009    Excellency in Playwrighting&Directing(full studies)        David-Davidov

2008    Excellency in Playwrighting&Directing                David-Davidov

Publications

“Theatre: a Quarterly for contemporary art” No’ 35,        Tel Aviv         Nov’ 2013

was dedicated to  Oded Liphshitz’s Plays. Plays Included:

    “The light comes up on him”: An interview with Gad Kaynar. (pp. 4-10)

    “I came into this world” (first act) (pp. 11-38)

    “Tall man, Wide woman” (pp. 39–53)

    “A Chair” (pp. 54-79)

    “Sonia and Bubeck” (pp. 80-94)

    “Requiem for Daniel” (pp. 95-110)     

“The Girl who is actually a wheelbarrow” A Play.        Tel Aviv        2009

“Theatre: a Quarterly for contemporary art” No’ 26. (pp. 83 – 125)

“An Undersea Sun” Poetry Book                    Israel        2004