Guy Ben-Aharon

Stage Director, Producer, and Cultural Entrepreneur in Boston, Massachusetts

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A dynamic stage director, and cultural entrepreneur, Guy is dedicated to creating cultural encounters that feature contemporary, global voices within an equitable culture of culture.

Guy staged the World Premiere of Joshua Sobol's "The Last Act," a play that couldn't find a home in Israel due to its political potency. Additional credits: "The Return" by Hanna Eady and Edward Mast, the North American Premiere Production of Gilad Evron's "Ulysses on Bottles," produced in partnership with ArtsEmerson: The World on Stage; an original adaptation of Anat Gov's "Oh God" which played to sold out houses in Boston and in the Berkshires, and won the 2017 Elliot Norton Award for Best Production (Midsize); the American Premieres of: Reto Finger's "Dog Paddle" and Hanna Azoulay Hasfari's "Days of Atonement".

Through his work at Israeli Stage, the Goethe-Institut, Austrian Cultural Forum, swisssnex, Alliance Française, Guy has worked on over 50 premieres of plays in translation since 2010. His unique dedication to international theatre has resulted in tours up and down the East Coast, Canada, UK and Israel -- presented in partnership with over fifty academic and cultural institutions.

A proud Emerson College alum, Guy is a member of the ROI Global Entrepreneurs Community, a 2013 Theaterreffen Fellow in Berlin, Germany, a 2015 AdR Fellow at the University of Cambridge, UK, a 2022 Changemaker Awardee from the Institute for Nonprofit Practice, and a 2022 Salzburg Global Seminar Fellow.

His work has garnered him profiles in The Boston Globe, Ha’aretz, The Improper Bostonian, The Jerusalem Post, The Times of Israel, The Washington Post, and numerous other press outlets.

Currently, Guy is the Executive Director & Founder of The Jar, as well as a freelance stage director (upcoming: Landestheater Linz in Austria).

  • “Guy Ben-Aharon isn’t every American stage director...breaching convention, and fashioning his own circuit” ~The Washington Post
  • “Ben-Aharon relishes the chance to cultivate a new generation of theater buffs” ~The Improper Bostonian
  • “The Israeli-born Boston artist has made translating and directing works by living international writers a mission...the fruits of Ben-Aharon’s enterprise have been numerous” ~American Theatre Magazine
  • Education
    • Emerson College