THE CREATIVE TEAM BEHIND THE MAGIC

Sharon Katz

Sharon Katz, co-founder of the Women’s Performance Community of Jerusalem, co-lyricist/composer/producer of "HIDDEN: The Secret Jews of Spain", is a legend in the world of women’s performance. She is also founder of the Raise Your Spirits Theatre company (2001), Dames of the Dance mega-dance spectaculars (2007) and NOARoked youth dance productions (2014). She co-authored three other musicals, and has produced and performed in 19 women’s productions. Sharon is also the co-author/co-composer of "Count the Stars", with creative partner Avital Macales. "Hidden" is scheduled to take the stage in November 2018.

Co-Founder, Co-Lyricist, Co-Composer, Co-Producer

Avital Macales

Avital Macales is a co-founder of the Women's Performance Community of Jerusalem and the co-lyricst/composer/producer of "HIDDEN: The Secret Jews of Spain", together with Sharon Katz. Avital is a professional singer and actor, and has been performing for the past decade on various stages around Israel and on screen, in leading roles, including in Raise Your Spirits Theatre and WIT (Women-in-Theater) Modiin. By day, Avital works as a Hebrew editor, with a Master's degree in Hebrew Language. Avital is also the co-author/co-composer of "Count the Stars", with creative partner Sharon Katz. "Hidden" is scheduled to take the stage in November 2018.

Co-Founder, Co-Lyricist, Co-Composer, Co-Producer

Shifra C. Penkower

Shifra C. Penkower, co-founder of the Women's Performance Community of Jerusalem, is the director of "Hidden" and "Count the Stars" and an accomplished "multipotentialite" whose talents span the humanities and STEM fields.  She is an experienced stage, screen, and voice actor, artist and designer, singer, writer, and DIY-er, whether that involves learning HTML, fixing a VCR, or creatively solving other acronym-related challenges.  She also directed the Count the Stars short film (2015) and has been a trusted member of pre- and post-production teams for other theatrical projects.

Co-Founder, Director

Bati Katz

Bati Katz, co-founder of the Women’s Performance Community of Jerusalem, is associate producer of "HIDDEN". She has been in women’s theater almost her entire life, beginning at age eight, as a sheep in Raise Your Spirits’ “JOSEPH and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”. She has served as Stage Manager, Sound and Lighting Captain, Costume Designer and Dancer over the past several years. Bati works in HR at Hadassah Academic College.

Co-Founder, Associate Producer

Ellen Macales

Ellen Macales, musical director and choral arranger of "HIDDEN", has vast experience in the field, having served as musical director for the Surflight Summer Stock Theater in Beach Haven, NJ, and the Plays-in-the-Park community theater in Edison, NJ. Ellen, an accomplished pianist, conductor, choral arranger and composer, currently directs a women's choir in Rehovot, known as the Doron Choir, and is the music teacher for Ulpanat Tzvia in Rehovot.

Musical Director, Choral Arranger

Judy Kizer

Judy Kizer is the director of choreography for "HIDDEN". Judy has been dancing since she was three. She has performed in various dance companies in Atlanta and with Yuval Beck – Studio B in Israel. She has choreographed for nine seasons of Dames of the Dance. She also teaches tap in the Efrat Community Center, and is a nutritionist by trade.

Director of Choreography

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