The 22nd Israeli Annual International Storytelling Festival 24 of September - 5 of October 2015

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There’s nothing like a good story By BARRY DAVIDS, The Jerusalem Post

International Storytelling Festival - Amsterdam 2012

Storytellers from UK and Canda will perform on the 17th Annual Storytelling Festival

Good news for you, Israelis living abroad!!! the Israel Storytelling Festival is on tv on the Israeli Channel

One way ticket - a new show

Tips for the Storyteller

Storytelling Festival Videos

17th Annual Storytelling Festival hosts international story tellers

  Yossi Alfi - Curriculum Vitae
  • Israeli Storyteller, Writer, Poet, Theater Director and Producer
  • Received the Ramat-Gan Prize for life work in Literature

  • Received the ACUM award life work in Storytelling
  • Media figure (radio and television)
  • Founder and general director of the Givataim Theatre

  • Founder of the Israeli community theater movement

  • One of the founders of the community theater department at tel aviv university.

  • Artistic director of the Israeli international storytelling festival

  • Co-director of people’s theater ltd, a private company, with his wife Sue.


Professional Experience

2014 Acted in "Farewell Baghdad"‏, Israeli Film.

1993--today Founded the Israel International Storytelling Festival, acting as its Artistic Director.

1990-today Performing as a storyteller in Israel and abroad (Europe, USA, Thailand & Singapore)

2005-today Performing as a storyteller before 350 groups of schoolchildren all over Israel, part of a project aimed at raising literacy levels.

2006 Acted in the Israeli film Secrets.
2006 Acted in Israeli/French film Live & Let Live
2006 Acted in the Israeli film Blind Eye
2005 Wrote and acted in Stories on the Road
, a 6-part television series for Channel 2, Israel.
Producer and Artistic Director of the Jazzeuropa Festival.
2004 Produced and performed in Public Storytelling
, a new project.
2003 Acted in the Israeli film The Silence of the Sirens
2003-2004 Directed The Open Couple
, a play by Dario Fo.
Founder and first Managing Director of the Givatayim Theater.
1997 Wrote, directed, and performed Dream in Blue and White
, an opera for storyteller and orchestra, at the Israel Festival.
Produces, edits, and participates in a storytelling TV series for Israeli television’s Channel 2.
1995 Produced the play 100 Apples Including VAT
1994 Directed and produced Storytelling Marathons
1993 Directed and produced The King Who Made Aliyah
for the Jewish Agency.
1992 Directed, wrote, and produced One Way Ticket
1992 Directed Love Letters
at the Cameri Theater of Tel Aviv.
1992 directed and produced he who laughs.

1991 wrote elias’s suitcase, a one person play.
1990 translated alan aykborn’s family business for the national t
1989 Wrote and Directed Divorced Couple
Directed an Israeli play at the Habima National Theater.
1988 Directed Shirley Valentine
by Willy Russell.
1988 Directed Theater Trip
, a grand production in the Negev desert .
1987 Directed The King and I at the Cameri Theater.

1987 Wrote The National Play Of Mr. Fox.
1987 Directed an adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Merchant Of Venice
1987 Wrote Jaish
, a play for the Cameri Theater.
1986 Directed Open Couple
, a play by Dario Fo.
Wrote and performed his own weekly radio program.
1984-1985 A Personal Hour with Yossi Alfi
, a weekly one hour show on the Israel radio.
1984 Wrote The Children From Schunat Hayim
, a children’s television series.
Wrote and directed several plays for children.
Directed and wrote plays for prisoners at Maasiyahu Prison, Ramla.
1974 Wrote and directed The Golden Path
, Bar-Ilan University .
Wrote and directed several scripts for the Israel Educational Television, included a series of thirty episodes.
Wrote, directed and produced community theater plays.
Acted with the Steven Berkoff Group, London .
Acted on British television.
(Honorary member) 1961-1963 directed drama workshops for children.
From 1965
Acted on stage and screen in numerous plays and films.
Actor and singer with the Army Theater Entertainment Group.
Wrote and directed for theater and television.


2007-today Edited and broadcasted Storytelling Festival programs
2004 Acted as storyteller, writer, and presenter on Night Story; was editor and presenter on Night Birds

2003 Performed on various radio programs.
1994-2002 Edited and broadcasted a weekly two-hour Storyteller Marathon
1990-1993 Daily two-hour program Vacation.

1984-2002 Wrote, edited, and broadcasted a weekly personal hour.

Teaching Experience

2005--today Storytelling workshops for companies and institutions.

2007 Guest lecturer at New York University’s Hebrew language program.

2007 Guest lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania’s Hebrew language program.

2007 Storytelling courses at the Writers’ House in Tel Aviv.
Storytelling courses at the Z.O.A. House in Tel Aviv.
2003 Guest lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania’s Hebrew language program.

2003 Founder of the Social Theater program at Tel Aviv University’s Department of Theater Arts.

2002 Guest lecturer in Philadelphia -- the art of storytelling.
Lecturer at Tel Aviv University -- the community story.
Lecturer at the Open University -- storytelling course.
Lecturer on community theater at the Department of Theater Arts at Tel Aviv University; head of community theater projects.
Storytelling courses at the Z.O.A. House in Tel Aviv.
Invited to Singapore to give a workshop on drama in education.
Invited to Bangkok to give a workshop on drama in education.
Invited to teach a course and workshop in Glasgow, Scotland,
under the auspices of Glasgow University.
Bar-Ilan University -- course on "leadership through drama”--unique training for community activists and political leaders.
Bar-Ilan University -- course director -- community theater management.
Official visit to the United States as a guest of the American Culture Dept.
1984-1985 Lecturer on community theater at the University of Haifa Department of Theater.

1984-1985 Principal of the diploma course for community theater directors at Kalmania under the auspices of Israel’s Ministry Of Education (first course of its kind in Israel).
Assistant to the Head of the Theater Studies program at Bar-Ilan University. Taught acting, directing, visual aspects of the theater, community and educational drama.
Conducted courses, seminars, conferences and workshops in community theater.
Taught acting, modern theater, and community theater at the Hebrew University Drama Department.
1969-1970 Founded and managed the Actors’ Studio with the Cameri theater, teaching acting.

Publications: Nonfiction

2006Tips For The Storyteller,” Yedioth Ahronoth.
Nine Points In A Play, Bar-Ilan University Press.
1992 The Political Speech
(a one-person play).
Articles in various professional journals.
Community Theater in the Diaspora.
1985 Community Theater--Methods and Tactics
1983 "Community Theater,” Domino Publication
(currently translated into English).
1975 "What Is Community Theater,” Bar-Ilan University Press.

Publications: Poetry and Prose

2014 One Out of Ten, Hakibbutz Hameuchad

2013 Gravity, Sifriat Hapoalim

2011 The Burga Baby, Reclaiming Judaism Press

2010 Poems for Sue, Tsivonim Press.

2009 Like Partings, Carmel Press.

2007 Mother’s Fingerprints, Carmel Press.
2006 Two Side Of Transit Camp
by Loba Eliav and Yossi Alfi, Maariv Press.
2004 The King Is Looking For A Friend (young readers), Am Oved Press.

1997 Late Childhood Stories, Bitan Press.
1995 How To Stop The Sun
(young readers), Graph Ore Press.
1994 The Last Restraint Poems
, Tamuz Press.
1994 One Way Ticket
(poetry), Sifriat Poalim Press.
1991 The King Who Made Aliyah
(young readers), Kinneret Press.
1990 The King Is Marrying A Woman
(young readers), Kinneret Press.
1989 Pressures
(poems), Sifriat Poalim Press.
1986 The King Who Went To Sleep
(young readers), Sifriat Poalim Press.
1984 Israeli Passport
(poems), Sifriat Poalim Press.
1983 I’m Joseph, The Grocer’s Son
(young readers), Sifriat Poalim Press.
1981 How To Make An Iraqi (poems), Sifriat Poalim Press.


Hebrew, English: fluent.
Arabic: Colloquial Arabic only.

1945 Born in Basra, Iraq.

1949 Immigrated to Israel.

Family status
Married to Sue (originally from England). 
Three children
(Ben, Gur, Sari). 9 grandchildren.  

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