About the Creative Team

Motti Lerner — Playwright, The Admission — is a celebrated Israeli playwright and screenwriter whose works have been produced throughout the world. His work has been produced in countries as diverse as Israel, the US, the UK, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Austria and Australia. Among his plays are Kastner, Paula, and Pollard—all produced by the Cameri Theatre of Tel Aviv; as well as Pangs of the Messiah, Exile in Jerusalem and Passing the Love of Women—all produced at Theater J. Lerner has also written screenplays for the films: “Loves in Betania,” “The Kastner Trial,” “Bus Number 300,” “Egoz,” “A Battle in Jerusalem,” and “The Silence of the Sirens”; in addition, he wrote 12 episodes of the TV drama series “The Institute”. His feature film “Spring 1941,” starring Joseph Finnes, had its American premiere at the Seattle International Film Festival in 2009. Lerner is a recipient of the Meskin Award for the best play (1985) for Kastner and the Israeli Motion Picture Academy award for the best TV drama in 1995 and in 2004. In 1994 he won the Prime Minister of Israel Award for his creative work. At present, Lerner teaches playwriting at Tel Aviv University and frequently lectures at European and American universities on playwriting, the Israeli theater, and on the theater and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Sinai Peter — Director, The Admission — Sinai Peter was born in Tel Aviv in 1954 and is a theater graduate of Tel Aviv University’s Drama Department. He has acted in television dramas in roles such as David Ben Gurion and Eliezer Ben Yehuda and in movies such as Shuru and Beyond the Sea. He also acted in the Haifa Municipal Theater in Beit Lessin and at the Orna Porat Children and Youth Theater. Together with The San Francisco Mime Troupe, he wrote the play Seeing Double. As a director, he directed productions at the Haifa Municipal Theater, the Chan Theater of Jerusalem, the Municipal Theater of Tel Aviv and Theater J. From 1984–1986, he was Artistic Director of Neve-Tzedek Theater in Tel-Aviv. From 2000–2004, he was Artistic Director of the Haifa Municipal Theater. Since 1990, he has taught drama at the Seminar Kibbutzim’s School of Performing Arts in Tel Aviv.

Frida Shoham
—Set and Costume Designer— is a graduate of the Design Program at the Tel Aviv University School of Theatre Arts. She has designed sets for more than 100 productions, including Southern Australia, The Free City, Good American Boy, Saturday Sunday Monday, Guys and Dolls, The Silence, and Unlikely Heroes at the Haifa Municipal Theatre; Sonia Mushkat, Love Letter, Kiss of the Spider Woman, Forgiveness, Then We Embraced, Oscar and Aunt Rosa, Abandoned Property, Autumn Sonata, and Driving Miss Daisy at the Habima National Theatre; New Song, Downpour, The Master of Two Servants, Juno and the Paycock, and Stolen Water at the Beersheba Municipal Theatre; The Anchor, Marvin’s Room, and Holy Water at the Beit Lessin Theatre; The Investigation, and Light and Shadow at the Cameri Theatre of Tel Aviv; What We Talk About When We Talk About Love at the Fringe Theatre; Mezritch at the Tzavta Theatre; and a variety of theatre productions for children and youth. Monodramas include The Child Behind the Eyes, Lea Goes Out On The Streets, The Pessoptimist, The Anchor, Visitor in the Cherry Orchard, A Little Soul Searching, Jacques, Julie Christie’s Eyes, and Berta and the Art of Maintenance. At Mediatheque: The Mother-of-Pearl Color and design of the Derech HaTeatron [Through Theatre] project. She is also the Director of the Stage Design Program at the Kibbutzim College of Education School of Performing Arts.

Habib Shehadeh—is a composer and an Oud and Bozouq player. He previously filled the position of director of the National Conservatory of Palestine (NCM) where he also taught Oud and music theory, and trained student ensembles and choirs. He was also a director in Ramlah where he established a music school. As a composer and performer, he has worked with various music ensembles among which is the Oriental Music Ensemble (OME) with whom he has recorded an album. In 2002, he established "Saied Darwish Music Project” and wrote new arrangements for Saied Darwish's' songs, and he was guest artist with "Aka Moon". In 2007 he raised a new concert called "Crossing Point" with trio "Akton" and the famous Palestinian singer Kamilya Jubran. Shehadeh also composes music for documentaries, films and theatrical productions such as "Mural": Mahmoud Darwish’s masterpiece.  He composed music for "The Band's Visit" feature film, which participated in the Cannes Film Festival 2007, and was nominated for Best Film Award. For this film he won the award for best composer of 2007, and nominated for the best composer for his music for “Lemon Tree” in 2008. He wrote a curriculum for theoretical music at the NCM, and has released "Baladna" album in cooperation with "Baladna Taarab" Zanzibari music ensemble, in this project Shehadeh re-arranged and recorded traditional Zanzibari music. Besides he composed two albums for children. Currently, he is engaged in finalizing a new CD release that will include his most recent works and compositions based on the master piece of Mahmoud Darwish “Mural”, and he is the general director of ‘The Factory- Arab Centre for Arts and Culture’ in Haifa.


Leila Buck

Hanna Eady

Danny Gavigan

Elizabeth Jernigan

Pomme Koch

Kimberly Schraf

Michael Tolaydo