Education and Professional Practice:
1983-1986 - Graduated Theater Directing Studies at Kibbutzim College of Education, Tel Aviv
Professional experience - Appointments and Positions:
1989-1993 - Resident director in "Habima" Israel National Theater.
1996-2001 - Artistic Director of the “Khan” theater of Jerusalem.
2001-2004 - Artistic Director of the "Israel Festival" in the fields of theater, dance and Israeli creation.
2004-2006 - Artistic Director of the "Lab" theater, Jerusalem.
2007-2011 - Artistic director of the "Herzliya Ensemble" theater.
1987-1989 - Kibbutzim College of Education, Tel Aviv
1989 - "Gitis" Theater Academy , Moscow
2001-2004 - School of Visual Theater, Jerusalem
Since October 2015 - Head of Directing Department - Faculty of the Arts, Tel-Aviv University, Associate Professor.
Experience - Professional activities and projects in Israel and abroad:
Theater Director (selection):
1987-1990 - Beit Zvi, the School of the Arts:
The House of Bernarda Alba, The Merchant of Venice, Bent (performed at the International Festival in Leningrad), Equus (performed in Moscow International theater Festival).
1989 - Young Opera Moscow: The Prodigal Son.
1989-1993 - Habima theater: Gold, The Night of the Twenties, The Glass Menagerie, Punktchen und Anton, Hypolitus, Creditors, Low Depth.
2002 - The Screens (in cooperation with the Berlin Festival), Alice in Wonderland.
1994-1995 - Be'er Sheva municipal Theater:
Summer and Smoke, Educating Rita.
1996-2001 - Khan Theater:
The Wedding, Scenes From an Execution (performed in Brussels Kunst International Festival), Princess Yvonne, The Virgin from Ludmir, Sky, The Seagull , Back to Desert.
2006 - The Town of the Little People (performed in Lodz International Festival)
2005 - Lab Theater: Salomé
2006 - Theatronetto: In Spitting Distance ( A play which won the first prize at the festival Theatronetto and has been performed in the theater of Peter Brook in Paris , The Barbican center in London, Romaeurope Festival, the Sydney Opera, Theater Schaubuhne Berlin and others. )
The play was nominated among the five final candidates for the prestigious international prize: Freedom to Create.
2010 - Ulysses on Bottles
2013 - Sea Breeze
2007-2011 - Herzliya Ensemble Theater:
Black Rain (in cooperation with Haifa Theater , has been performed in the international festival in New York ), Yerma ( performed in the International Festival in Budapest ; the show was created in cooperation with the actress Gili Ben Ouzilou and dedicated as a memory to her).
Don Quixote's Claim , The Town of the Little People ( a remake with the ensemble’s actors , the play was performed in the Municipal Theatre in Heidelberg , Germany, and at the Barbican, London ).
Three Sisters, Both Upon a Time (in cooperation with the Israeli culture festival in Basel, Theaterspektakel ,Zurich Festival, Tak theater Liechtenstein and the Haifa Theater.)
Six Characters in Search of an Author (Cooperation with acting students, Tel Aviv University)
International independent projects:
2012 - Yes, stand out of my Sun (in cooperation with Tak Theater in Lichtenstein, Theatersektakel, Zurich Festival, Spielart Festival Munich, and the Kur theater in Baden.)
2013 - Jungle of the City (Municipal Theater Augsburg , Germany). The play was performed with the ensemble’s actors, in the German language. Rehearsals included collaboration between directing students in theater department - Tel Aviv University and students of the Theater Directing School, Munich.
2015 - Three Dog Night (in cooperation with Deutches Theater-Berlin, Hellerau-Dresden)
2016 - Nathan Der Weise (produced by Goethe Institut, Tel Aviv)
2016 - The Bees Road (an independent project)
2018 - KIND OF (an independent project)
2021 - The Queen Commanded Him to Forget (Produced by Pierre Boulez hall, Berlin)
Membership in committees and artistic judgment:
1995 - Member of the committee - Fringe center in Tel Aviv - Jaffa
1998 - Member of the artistic Prize committee of the Acco Festival
1999 - Member of the festival's Prize committee of Theatronetto
2000 - Member of the artistic committee of the theater festival in Zurich Theaterspektakel - Zurich
Since January 2013 a member of a committee of scholarships for young artists from the cathedra for Human Rights named after Emile Zola - Faculty of Law, Rishon Lezion.
2016 - Member of the artistic Prize committee of the Acco Festival
2021 - Member of the artistic prize committee of Dance festival 1/2/3 Suzanne Dellal center
1991 - Wins a scholarship for directing opera on a behalf of the American- Israel Cultural Foundation
1999 - Winner of the Best Director Award of the Israel Theater Prize for directing the classic play : The seagull (by Anton Chekhov). Khan Theater.
2000 - Winner of the Best Director Award of the Israel Theater Prize for the best show of the year: The return to the desert (by Bernard- Marie Koltez). Khan Theater.
2007 - Winner of Landau award for Arts a behalf of the National Lottery, for the achievements and excellence in theater creation.
2010 - Winner of Rosenblum award on behalf of Tel Aviv municipality for the entirety of her creation.
2011 - Winner of the best show (of the original Israeli play ) on the behalf of the Israeli Theater Award for “Youlisses on Bottles”. Haifa Theater.
Henig teaches in Tel-Aviv, creates in Berlin and lives with her partner - the poet Shimon Bouzaglo, in Daliyat al-Karmel.
The Queen commanded him to Forget
Six Characters In Search of an Author
Next performances in Berlin: 10/04/2023, 11/04/2023
Concept & Direction: Ofira Henig
Visual Concept & Direction: Matan Amsalem
Acting: Carlos Gharzuzi, Maya Omaia Keesh, Atallah Tannous.
Students of the Barenboin-Said Akademie
“The limits of my language mean the limits of my world.”
Once again, we are witnessing a period of waves of migration—from place to place, from culture to culture, from one language to another that is often not understood. In this theatrical concert project for children and their parents, a group of actors and musicians, including students of the Barenboim-Said Akademie, explore the utopian reality of the invention of language. Like J.R.R. Tolkien, who used invented languages in The Lord of the Rings, or Dr. Doolittle, who even found a way to talk to animals in Hugh Lofting’s famous book, they will search for an imaginary language—creating a space of communication, dialogue, and understanding with all the children and parents in the world. As words disappear, as they are lost and hidden, we become more sensitive to observation and to our sense of hearing that allows us to perceive the voices and sounds in our world—voices and sounds that reflect the music of the human soul. Inspired by a well-known children’s story, the performance will be a dialogue between the human voice, sounds, and live music.
Running time: approx. 60 minutes / Age 6 and older
Listen to my story
My (German) Concert
Antigone (in Arabic)