Emet Prize Laureates

Mr. Yevgeny Arye

2017 Laureates of Emet Prize

In Category: Culture and Art
In Field: Acting and Directing in the Theater

Mr. Yevgeny Arye

Jury Statement

“The Emet Prize is awarded to Yevgeny Arye for his visionary artistic talents, his realization of fantasy on the stage, and for his contribution to the Israeli stage scene in his life work, the Gesher Theatre.”



Yevgeny Arye was born in Moscow in 1947. He studied psychology at the University of Moscow, and later studied direction at the Leningrad State Institute of Theatre, Music and Cinematography –and directed plays for leading theatres in Moscow and Leningrad. In 1990, he made Aliya and founded the Gesher Theatre, one of the only bilingual repertoire theatres in the world, and has served as its Artistic Director since 1991.

Over the years, he directed over 45 plays at the Gesher Theatre, including Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, The Idiot, Adam Resurrected, Tartuffe, The Marriage of Figaro, Momik (based on David Grossman's See Under: Love), A Pigeon and a Boy, The Dybbuk, I Don Quixote (Man of La Mancha), King David Report and many others.

He was a visiting professor several times at prestigious theatre schools, including the Juilliard School and the NYU Tisch School of the Arts, as well as at the Faculty of Drama at Tel Aviv University and at the European Drama Institute Paris. His work has earned him numerous awards and honors, including Man of the Decade in the area of cultural heritage, the Golden Mask Award for directing the Russian production of Enemies: A Love Story at the Sovremennik theatre in Moscow, the Ministry of Integration Yuri Shtern Prize, an Honorary Doctorate from Bar Ilan University for the Gesher Threatre, a personal Honorary Doctorate from the Weizmann Institute and the Hebrew University, and the Meir Margalit Prize. He was also awarded the Israel Theatre Prize four times as Director of the Year.