Eli Kaplan Wildmann
Eli Kaplan-Wildmann is a theater creator and designer using saturated visuals to bring stories to life. He lives in Jerusalem, his favorite city. He founded Unbound Books, a publishing company that creates innovative, tactile visual books. The first Unbound book, The Recreated Haggadah, is in the hands of hundreds of people all over the world. Copies of subsequent creations have been widely distributed in hundreds of thousands of copies by organizations like Central Synagogue Manhattan and PJ Library.
In New York, where he received his degree in design and directing for theater from the Tisch School at NYU, he worked extensively on design for television, theater and events. Clients and projects in the States included NBC, MTV, ESPN, and on Broadway for designer George Tsypin. He designed “Tricks the Devil Taught Me” at Off Broadway’s Minetta Lane Theater and was a props designer on “Soul Doctor,” also Off Broadway. In Israel he has been on the creative team for many productions, including directing a new Israeli musical, “Solika,” based on the Moroccan tale, as well as designing scenery for the Jerusalem Opera’s “Madame Butterfly.” He is a founder and a director at Starcatcher, a community theater in Jerusalem, and his work has been presented by the Jerusalem Light Festival several times.
On the educational side, Eli has been on faculty for the learning retreats of Nehirim, Hadar, Limmud and the Prague Quadrennial design conference, as well as the Jerusalem Arts High School, Tisch at NYU and Camp Ramah in the Berkshires. He was the chairman of Havruta – Religious Gays, and currently organizes Sod Siach, an egalitarian community in Jerusalem. He served as a designer for the NYC Lincoln Center Theater Director’s Lab, was an artist in residence at the National Havurah Committee Institute, and upon returning to Israel was recognized as an artist of the highest excellence by the Ministry of Culture. Current projects include “Sacrifices – The Ancient Musical” about the fall of Second Temple era Jerusalem.