Yael Ronen, in-house Gorki director, was born in Jerusalem in 1976. She comes from a theatre family and is internationally considered as one of the most exciting theatre makers of her generation. The greatest tool at her disposal is black humour in the framework of historical conflicts. Ronen’s play Third Generation, featuring German, Israeli and Palestinian actors, was invited to numerous festivals. Another of her productions Hakoah Wien, developed at Schauspielhaus Graz, was awarded the Austrian Nestroy theatre prize in 2013. She staged the world premiere of the adaptation of Olga Grjasnowa’s bestselling novel All Russians Love Birch Trees. Common Ground emerged as a meditation from Ronen and her actors on the aftermath of the war in former Yugoslavia. 2015 the play was invited to the reknowned Theatertreffen Festival at Berlin and won the audience award at Mülheimer Theatertage. Her latest productions at Gorki are Erotic Crisis and Das Kohlhaas-Prinzip as well asThe Situation which was invited to the Theatertreffen 2016. The Piece was elected as piece of the year (Stück des Jahres) 2016.