Avital Manor-Peleg is an international artist, director, educator and social justice advocate. She uses collaborative, innovative non-verbal theater to explore relevant social and political issues. During decades of research, teaching, and directing, she developed the AMP (Alternative Masks Performances) acting method and taught mask work throughout the world. Avital utilizes the arts to bridge individuals and communities together through cultural exchange.
Originally from Israel, Avital graduated from Thelma Yellin national High School of the Arts. She received her B.A. and M.A. degrees with honors from Tel Aviv University, later joining its theatre department as an instructor. She also served as the director and head master of The School For The Art Of Puppetry in Israel, where she pioneered the development of new academic puppetry programs. Avital worked as the Cultural Attaché at the Consulate General of Israel to New England, and she is associated with the ISTA international theatre organization as a teaching artist and educator. She was also join the Program Strategy Committee for the Jewish Art Collaborative organization. This year Avital start her position as the first International Artist in Residence in the Puppet Showplace theater. Recently, Avital was elected to the North Bennet Street School Committee of Overseers