BIOGRAPHY OF YEHUDA HYMAN

Yehuda Hyman
Yehuda Hyman

Yehuda Hyman’s work explores the intersection of theater, dance, poetry, myth and mysticism. His career began when he traveled to Brussels, Belgium at age 16 to attend Maurice Bejart’s movement-based theater school, MUDRA. In 1990, Mr. Hyman met playwright/poet James Carroll Pickett who became his writing mentor. Mr. Hyman’s plays include: The Mad Dancers, Center of the Star, Swan Lake Calhoun, I Ask You, Ladies and Gentlemen (adapted from the novel by Leon Surmelian), and Max and Rapunzel and the Night. His work has been produced at San Diego Repertory Theatre, Theater J, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Beast Theater Festival, Taper Too, The Marsh, Greenway Court Theatre, Mixed Blood Theatre, Cornerstone Theater, and Piven Theatre Workshop, among others. His plays have also had workshops at McCarter Theatre, Arena Stage and the Mark Taper Forum. Honors include the Kennedy Center Fund for New American Plays Award, Heideman Award (Actors Theatre of Louisville); residencies at The Millay Colony, Djerassi Foundation and Mishkanot Sha‘ananim (in Jerusalem) and grants from the Center for Jewish Culture and Creativity and the National Foundation for Jewish Culture. He was a Jerome Fellow at the Playwrights’ Center of Minneapolis and a National Endowment for the Arts/Theatre Communications Group Playwright-in-Residence with the Cornerstone Theater Ensemble of Los Angeles. He is currently collaborating with composer Daniel Hoffman on a new musical called David in Shadow and Light (about the life of the biblical hero, David), which premieres at Theater J in Washington, D. C., this coming May. His poetry and prose have been published in the San Francisco Bay Guardian, Northern California Jewish Bulletin, Minnesota Monthly and an upcoming anthology on Jewish and Israeli dance edited by Judith Brin Ingber, to be published by Wayne State University Press. He lives in Los Angeles.