Art Director and Producer of the Gesher Theater (Israel)
After graduation from the School of Psychology, Moscow State University, Arye had studies at the Leningrad State Institute of Theater, Music, and Cinema (G. Tovstonogov’s course). After graduation, he worked in St. Petersburg at BDT (the Big Drama Theater) and the Maly Drama theater, and at the Moscow Mayakovsky Theater; he also directed television performances. Y. Arye’s performances were honored with several awards in Russia and beyond its borders. For a number of years, Arye had been teaching at GITIS.
In 1990, he immigrated to Israel where he founded the Gesher Theater; actors from the former USSR compiled the main core of the theater’s troupe; several of his former students were also a part of this company. Many of the performances directed by Yevgeny Arye acquired broad popularity both in Israel and abroad.
Yevgeny Arye’s performances had many times represented Israel at prestigious theater festivals all over the world with great success.
Yevgeny Arye is a four-time recipient of the Israel Theater Academy’s Award in the nominations “The Director of the Year;” he was also twice honored as the scene-designer of his own performances (“The Slave” and “Shosha,” co-directed by M. Kramenko). In 2002, Yevgeny Arye was awarded with the title of the Honorable Doctor of Jerusalem University for “the outstanding merits in the development of the Israel theater art.”
Yevgeny Arye’s performance “Enemies. A story of Love” after I. Bashevis-Singer’s novel will be presented at the Fifth International Alexandrinsky Theater Festival (September 24 and 25, 2010).