The Mario Kotliar Archive, The School of Visual Theater, Jerusalem


Mario Kotliar, 1949 (Buenos Aires) – 1999 (Jerusalem)

Mario Kotliar, one of the pioneers of interdisciplinary theater in Israel, was among the founders of the “Kav” troupe, the Train Theater, the HaBamah Theater, the Hazira Interdisciplinary Theater and the School for Visual Theater in Jerusalem. Mario began his activities as an artist, writer and adaptor, producer, actor and puppeteer. The range of his activities expanded over the years and he worked, concurrent with his artistic creation, as the manager of various theater associations, institutions and theater schools and as the initiator of projects in the realm of interdisciplinary theater.

The Mario Kotliar Archive contains documentation of 26 works from all the years of his creative activity, beginning with his first production in 1973 through his last work in 1995. The archive comprises a variety of materials: texts, programs, newspaper clippings, photographs, videos, etc. Also included are assorted documents dealing with his theater work beyond his artistic creativity.

After Kotliar’s death in 1999, his family donated the materials of his private archive to the library of the School of Visual Theater in Jerusalem. At the end of 2011, the materials were transferred to the University of Haifa Library for digitization, documentation and digital preservation in the Database for Israeli Theater Archives, a component of the Library’s Digital Media Center (DMC). The materials will be held within the Library until completion of the process.

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Section on Mario Kotliar in the Train Theater website

Hazira – the Interdisciplinary Arena – “Kola Shel HaMila Festival" in memory of Mario Kotliar