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Maayan Wayn

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Research and Scholarship Focus

Maayan is interested in the performance of human violence, the theatricality of terrorism and revolutions, the intersection between ritual, religion, and politics in the theater, the Shiite-Iranian performance of Ta'ziyeh, Israeli and Palestinian theater.

Selected Conference Presentations and Publications

  • 2012, ""How Green They Are Today, the Prickly Pears. Like Green Peppers" Or: The Independence Night of Mr. Israel Sheffi" by Abraham Raz." In A Re-View: Re-Visiting Classical Israeli Drama (Eds: Prof. Gad Kaynar, Tel-Aviv University and Dr. Zehava Caspi, Ben-Gurion University in the Negev). ″   
  • May 2011. The Cameri Theater of Tel-Aviv. Guest lecture. Henrik Ibsen and his The Master Builder.
  • 2010, "When the Dead Begin to Dance…" or: Theater-within-theater in Rina Yerushalmi's The Dybbuk." In Theater - An Israeli Quarterly for Contemporary Theater, No. 28.

Courses Taught

  • 2008-2012.    Faculty member. Lecturer for: Play Analysis. Department of Theater Arts, Tel-Aviv University.
  • 2013.    T.A. for Pedagogy of Theater: Fundamentals of Directing II. Department of Performing and Media Arts, Cornell University.
  • 2011-2012.    T.A. for: Modern Theories of Acting and Directing. Department of Theater Arts, Tel-Aviv University.
  • 2008-2009.    Faculty member. T.A. for: History of Theatre: Greece and Rome. Department of Theater Arts, Tel-Aviv University.

Selected Artistic Credits

  • 2009-2010    Playbill program development and plays translation for the Israeli national "Habima" Theater: ″    International plays: "The Nose"/ Nikolai Gogol; "The Seagull"/ Anton P. Chekhov. ″    Israeli plays: "The Same Sea"/ Amos Oz; "A Night in May"/ A.B. Yehoshua.
  • 2008-2011    Dramaturge, researcher and Assistant Director for several productions. The Israeli National Theater "Habima," Tel-Aviv.
  • 2007-2009    Groups moderator, playwright, and director for Jewish and Palestinian youth. "Peace Child Israel" organization.
  • 2008            Wrote and directed the play "The Canaan Tale," The Arab-Hebrew Theater of Jaffa.
  • 2007-2008    Research, writer and assistant director in few productions under Israel Prize winner, Rina Yerushalmi. "Itim Ensemble," of The Cameri Theater of Tel-Aviv.
  • 2006-2007    Member of the judging committee. "The Theater Prize in Memory of Meir Margalit."
  • 2006            Directed the full-length Shiite play "T'azyieh" in a high profile project. Other participants in the project include the: Director of Theater Studies of The Hebrew University; President of the Hebrew University; Chamber of the President of the State of Israel; Israeli and Iranian media.
  • 2005-2006    Drama-therapy leading in a shelter for battered wives, Jerusalem.
  • 2004-2005    Treating a mentally disabled child using drama-therapy methods under the auspices of the psychology and theater studies programs, Jerusalem.
  • 2003-2005    Producing and acting in original plays at the "Khan Theater of Jerusalem," where both Israeli and Palestinian actors participated. Plays supported by "Billy Crystal's Program for Peace through Performance Arts."
  • 2001-2003    Assistant Director, production manager for home and traveling productions. Tzavta theater, Tel-Aviv.
  • 1999–2003    Directing the Israeli plays "The Best Friends" by Anat Gov and "The Integral Part" by Gil Kopatch, heading groups of professional and amateur actors, and set and costumes designing.

Awards and Distinctions

  • 2012, 2015    Cornell University Graduate School's Sage fellowship.
  • 2012-2007     Cornell University full tuition coverage.
  • 2007             Dean's Honor list; Magna cum laude scholarship.
  • 2004             Social Sciences Deans' Honor lists; Magna cum laude scholarship.
  • 2005-2006     Humanities Deans' Honor lists; Magna cum laude scholarship.
  • 1999             Bat-Yam's Mayor's Prize for promoting the city dramatic programs and productions.


  • July 2008      Psychodrama leading workshop under "Peace Child Israel" organization. (Jerusalem, Israel)
  • July 2007      Groups mediation and instruction workshop under "Peace Child Israel" organization. (Kibbutz HaGoshrim, Israel)