San Francisco, CA
Description of Work
Itamar is part of Poor Dog Group (PDG), a collective of performance artists committed to developing original theater through rigorous critiques of history and re-examining existing literature that speaks to the current state of America. Their work is highly collaborative and demands the engagement of every performer’s imagination, dedication, and eagerness to create something uniquely original and distinctively ‘Poor Dog Group.’ Their productions explore themes of labor, community, patriotism, and American relations around the globe. They are committed to nurturing a distinctive aesthetic through adventurous collaboration, and their artistic decisions—from topics of research, to ensemble production and development—all happen together. Together they work to redefine, educate and expand our own perceptions of performance; reach new audiences; and craft the next generation of new American theater.
Born in Israel, Itamar received his Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Theater from California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) in 2007. While at CalArts, he adapted and directed 'Murder', a site-specific traveling performance about the cyclical violence between Israelis and Palestinians. He also spent two summers in Rwanda and Uganda, investigating the role theatre plays in reconciliation. After returning from Africa, Itamar moved to Toronto, Canada for a year to work at the Koffler Centre of the Arts, where he was responsible for developing arts programs for young professionals around the city. This experience was enriching, but his commitment to theatre brought him back to Los Angeles in 2009 to take on his current position as the founding Executive Director with Poor Dog Group, a performance based arts collective in Los Angeles. In addition to producing and performing in his productions, he is responsible for developing infrastructure and sustainability. PDG is currently supported by public sources like the Los Angeles County Arts Commission and the City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs and other private foundations. Itamar produced a two-week commission and residency at The Getty Museum followed by a three-week residency at the Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) in New York. He also spent one month in Germany, Holland, and Poland on a research and networking residency funded, in part, by the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs. Last year, he was invited to the TCG/American Express Leadership Bootcamp.
EMPAC - 2011
"The Internationalists" - 2012
"The Murder Ballad (1938)" - 2012