About Us

Theater.Academy is a new pioneer startup, born out of the in-person to online shift that society experienced in the wake of a global pandemic.

We are a team of internationally-acclaimed theater scholars and practitioners. We strive to bring the best online theater education to people around the world, and help them to cultivate a rich professional network.

Excellent theater education, like education in so many other fields, can unfortunately be acquired only by those who are privileged financially and who live in the “right” geographical location. In most cases, there is also a selective and demanding application process. We are working hard to change all this, and offer a new way of acquiring supreme quality theater education. We believe that any person deserves a chance to succeed in theater, regardless of their geographical location or financial position.

Our top-quality educational video content supports academic curriculum in some of the world’s leading universities, and is accessible to anyone who wishes to engage in a rigorous and enjoyable learning experience.
Instead of offering courses that follow one academic narrative, we offer digital anthologies that offer an abundance of materials, approaches, and tools. This way, users can choose only the materials that interest them the most, or take the entire anthology to get the full kaleidoscopic overview on the subject in hand.

We also offer unique coaching opportunities, allowing people from all over the world to have live access to high caliber theater practitioners, who can share advice and guidance from their rich professional experience. In other words, we try to change the culture of “it’s about who you know” to be “it’s about what you know”.

We are committed to include and amplify a multitude of voices and approaches to theater education, while giving a special emphasis on non-western cultures.

Theater.Academy was founded by Yagil Eliraz. Originally from Israel, Yagil has almost two decades of experience as a stage director and educator. He is an alum of the David Geffen School of Drama at Yale (2016) and a former Assistant Professor at Amherst College, MA, USA. www.yagileliraz.com

Core Beliefs
  • We believe all theater disciplines can be successfully taught and learned online.
  • Research repeatedly shows that people today read less and watch more. We aspire to offer a new, exciting and fun way to learn, honing the advantages of video and online tools.
  • Everyone should have the opportunity to access the best quality theater education, at an affordable price, without the need to relocate geographically.
Our Goals
  • Create a single, trustworthy digital space, devoted to all theater disciplines.
  • Be the go-to online marketplace for all theater related educational content.
  • Develop and nourish a worldwide online community, devoted to various theater disciplines.
  • Diversify traditional western theater education by broadening the curriculum focus to cultures and theater practices from all around the world.

Our Audience

  • Higher Education: we offer educational content to supplement academic curriculum.
  • Practitioners: we offer special workshops for working practitioners to develop their skill set and enrich their toolbox.
  • Applicants to BFA/MFA programs: we help create a stronger and more meaningful application.
  • Personal development: anyone who wants to expand their horizons and learn about theater!
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