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Judy Ammar joined 24/6 in early 2013 performing as Helena in Uncle Vanya and as a member of IMPROVODOX, 24/6’s improv wing and 2014 she was seen in Pesach Plays. She has performed on stage, in film and TV in Canada and Israel. Judy was trained at York University’s Acting Conservatory in Toronto. She has also been professionally trained in dialects/accents, singing, clowning and is certified in stage combat. Judy studied on-camera acting at Toronto’s Professional Actor’s Lab. She has most recently starred in educational videos for Jewish educational organizations based in New York. Judy was born and raised in Toronto. She loves to write and perform slam poetry, creates a multitude of character voices, is a certified Yoga instructor and is currently obtaining her Master’s of Social Work degree at New York University. She aspires to further her career in acting in New York City.
Michal Birnbaum (Member Since 2013)
24/6 History: Uncle Vanya (Sonya), A Dybbuk for Two People (Leah / Various), Orchard (Anya), The Settlers (Mom), The Last Tree in Jerusalem/Kamtza and Bar Kamtza (Various), Goliath (Ayat)
NYC theater credits include: Pet Lawyer at The Gallery Players, Tartuffe at The American Theater of Actors, Cinderella and The Wizard of OZ at The AlphaNYC. Birnbaum appears in several films; among them is Nerve, directed by Ariel Schulman and Henry Joost (Catfish), starring Emma Roberts and Juliet Lewis. In Israel, Birnbaum directed and acted in several radio dramas at Galei Tzahal (“GLZ”) radio station, including Macbeth, Lolita and The Time Traveler’s Wife.
Michal Birnbaum was born and raised in Bene Beraq, Israel, in an Ultra-Orthodox Jewish community. At the age of 18 she began her three-year military service at the Israeli Army where she served as a reporter and news editor at the IDF radio station. After being released, First Sergeant Michal Birnbaum moved to NYC to study at the Yeshiva of Mechon Hadar with a full scholarship. She then enrolled in the conservatory program of The Lee Strasberg Theater and Film Institute where she studied Method Acting and was also trained at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting.
Etta Bendavid is a founding member of 24/6. She has performed in Sabbath Variations: The Splendor of Space, Doll House (Nora), Nittel Nacht (Mary) and played Helena in the first reading of Uncle Vanya. Etta grew up in Toronto and moved to New York nine years ago. In addition to being a Rabbanit, Etta works as a pastoral care chaplain for patients in hospice, psychiatric, and stroke rehabilitation units. She is a member of the National Association of Jewish Chaplains. Etta completed dual masters degrees in Midrash and Jewish Education as Wexner Graduate Fellow and a bachelors degree in theater arts and vocals. Etta worka as a chaplain for veterans with mental illness at the VA. Etta teaches classes at WSSS, mentors Kallahs who are preparing for marriage, and is always available to connect and talk about life over a cup of coffee. Etta can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Leon Hackel is a founding member of 24/6. In his youth, he appeared in the feature films Matilda (Julius Rottwinkle) and The Secret Life of Girls (Monte). Previously with 24/6 he appeared in Sabbath Variations (Heschel /Salaryman), A Doll House (Torvald Helmer), The Victims: Or What Do You Want To Do About It? (Jidi), The Purim Story! (Haman) and Uncle Vanya (The Professor). His other theater credits include performances in Measure for Measure and Julius Caesar (Columbia University); The Lark and The Skin of Our Teeth (Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute, LA); The Long Christmas Dinner, Much Ado About Nothing, Tartuffe, and Stage Door (Wildfire Theatre Lab, L.A.), and The Dybbuk (Classical Theatre Lab, LA). He has directed productions of Macbeth, Degas C'est Moi, and The Zoo Story (Columbia University). Leor is a graduate student at New York University pursuing a PhD in Psychology. He is incredibly thankful to his wife Ruthie for her love and support, and is excited to be part of another 24/6 production!
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Ari Benjamin Hirsch
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Roles with 24/6 include such prominent historical entities as Adam in Searching for Eden: The Diaries of Adam and Eve, Jesus in Nittel Nacht: a short musical, and David in Goliath; as well as, performing with IMPROVODOX. Outside of 24/6, Danny has acted in, directed and/or produced dozens of theatrical productions. He is constantly looking to get involved in more projects, so feel free to tell him if you’ve got something going on!
Ken Kaissar (Member Since 2010)
24/6 History: If Not Now (part of Sabbath Variations: The Splendor of Space), The Victims Or What Do You Want Me To Do About It, Cleaning Out The Chametz (part of Passover Plays)
Ken Kaissar was born in Ramat Gan, Israel and raised in Indianapolis, IN. His plays have been performed or developed by Philadelphia Theatre Company, Bristol Riverside Theatre, Mildred's Umbrella, Fusion Theatre Company, and Passage Theatre. His adaptation of Geoffrey Chaucer’s THE CANTERBURY TALES was commissioned by Columbia University in 2008. His play THE VICTIMS OR WHAT DO YOU WANT ME TO DO ABOUT IT was a runner-up for the 2009 Princess Grace Award and was honored by Middle East America: A National New Plays Initiative, a partnership of Golden Thread Productions, Lark Play Development Center, Silk Road Rising. His other plays include CREATIVITY (a past finalist in the Ashland New Plays Festival), THE MAN STANLEY and NUDE STUDY. He holds a BFA in directing from Carnegie Mellon University and an MFA in playwriting from Columbia University. He teaches playwriting and theatre history at Rider University and Stockton University.
Sharon Litwinoff made her 24/6 debut this year with DIS/ENGAGEMENT. Credits: Mrs. Winthrop / Alice u/s (The Secret Garden, Pleasant Valley Productions), Kay Banks (Father of the Bride, interACT Productions), Gladys (42nd Street, BergenPAC), Betty Parris (The Crucible, Temple Theaters), Rose Hockley (After Carpathia, Smile Frown Theatre Guild), Die Fledermaus (Temple University Opera Theater), Ragtime (Pleasant Valley Productions), and the New York Musical Theatre Festival’s In My Other Life Cabaret (2012). Film: Feminist (Kiss Me or Cut Off My Head); Gwen (Shadows of Ava); Sunflower (a.k.a. Profile Glitch). Voiceover work includes the children’s story “Gloria Has the Greedies” and Israeli standardized tests. Theater training: Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance, Temple University, Broadway Dance Center, Rachel Zatcoff’s voice studio. www.sharonlitwinoff.com
Yoni Oppenheimi was selected as one of the Jewish Week’s “36 Under 36” in recognition of 24/6’s innovative work. For 24/6, he directed A Dybbuk for Two People; Passover Plays; conceived and directed Uncle Vanya (JCC, NYU, MTC Studios, Limmud NY); Sabbath Variations: The Splendor of Space (LimmudPhilly); SHINSAI; The Victims; adapted/directed A Doll House (The Tank); wrote the book and lyrics for Nittel Nacht: a short musical and translated Dani Horowitz’s Kamtza and Bar Kamtza.
Jessica Shechter has been a member of 24/6 since 2013. She is a certified theatre teacher in New York State and has been acting, directing, and running drama programs for over ten years. She is a professional Stand Up Comedian and has written a number of comedic sketches. For 24/6, she has acted in Uncle Vanya (Nanny),Orchard (Trofimov), Last Tree in Jerusalem (Kamtza and Bar Kamtza) and directed The Settler. Jessica was a member of 24/6's IMPROVODOX as well. She is currently an adjunct professor in two different universities and works as a private acting and speech coach for people of all ages throughout the city. Her recent directing credits include: Mend the Envelope (Midtown International Theater Festival), Fires in the Mirror (Actors Studio Drama SchoolRepertory), Gruesome Playground Injuries (ASDS Repertory), Laundry and Bourbon (ASDS Repertory). Jessica is an NYU graduate and holds an MFA in Directing from the Actors Studio Drama School and a Bachelors degree in Educational Theatre with a double minor in Dramatic Literature and Studio Art. www.jessicaschechter.com
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Avi Soroka has worked as an Equity Stage Manager, as well as an actor and director, in NYC and around the US for over 10 years. For 24/6 he has appeared in Sabbath Variations: The Splendor of Space (LimmudPhilly); as Torvald in A Doll House (The Tank); Bassee in The Victims: Or What Do You Want Me to Do About It?; Vanya in Uncle Vanya, for which he also wrote a new translation; Abie in Chai Hecht’s Freer; Aaron in excerpts from August Strindberg’s Through Deserts to Ancestral Lands (Moses); and Tony in Notes on Akiba by Tony Kushner. Directing credits for 24/6 include Nittel Nacht: a short musical, a reading of Brooklyn Boy by Donald Margulies, and Tongue Play by Chai Hecht. Some of his career highlights have been with The Arizona Jewish Theater Company, Genesis Rep, Mimum Productions, Plain Clothes Performance Group, The Yeshiva College Dramatics Society, Queens College, American Playwrights Theatre, The Rhetorical Question Players and Black Box Entertainment and working as Company Manager for Daniel Levin’s critically acclaimed Hee-Haw: It’s A Wonderful Li(f)e, which was chosen as a Critics Pick by the New York Times for the 2009 holiday season. Most recently, Avi served as Associate Producer for the new Shwekey music video “I Can Be” (Mendy Pellin Productions). All my love to EMS and ASB.