GIL ALON

Zen Master, Singer, Actor, Theater Director

My Biography

 

An initiated diciple and a Dharma Heir of Gudo Waffu Nishijima Roshi in Japan, Soto Sect, the Dogen Sangha lineage.

June 2000 - received a Dharma Transmission.

A Laureate of "The World Peace Ambassador Award 2015" - Save The World Foundation.

Awarded a honoured life membership in the International Film and Television Research Center - The Asian Academy of Film and Television - New Delhi - India.

Was invited to sing for the United Nations in the
first annual United Nations' Holocaust Memorial Day - UNCC - Bangkok.

Artistic director of the Israeli national contemporary theater festival - the city of Akko. 

Artistic director of "Testing Tools" - a multimedia festival - Tel-Aviv.

Conducted workshops on Buddhism creativity and meditation, and led retreats in Germany, India, Thailand, Japan, South-Korea, Nepal, The Philippines, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Belgium, Cambodia, Portugal and Israel.

Artistic director of the "THEATER IN SLIPPERS" festival in Tel-Aviv.


Board member of the Fringe Center, Tel-Aviv
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Member of the repertoire committee for children’s and young people’s plays of the Ministry of  Education.

Board member in the Israeli branch of ASSITEJ - the international organization for youth children’s theater.

Editor and host of “Side Wind”, a program on philosophy and spirituality, and of “ Front Row”, a program  on theater on Kol Israel, the Israeli national radio station.

Directed the play “Interview” with the theater troop “The Left Bank” with whom he received first prize in the Arena International Theater Festival in Germany. Directed the play "Mein Kampf" by George Tabori which won the best director award and 3 best acting awards in the Israeli national festival for contemporary theater. Also directed among others: "The Balcony" by Jean Genet - Tel-Aviv, "Salome" by Oscar Wilde - Bombay, "Six Characters In Search Of An Author" by Luigi Pirandello and  "Woyzeck" by Georg Buchner - Madras, "Buddhist Bible 4" - Bangkok, "Five" - New Zealand, "A Room With Soft Light" - South Korea, "My Fado" - Lisbon, Portugal, and "The Invisible Village" - Taipei, Taiwan.

Participated in the Butoh production "The Flower Of The Universe" - directed and performed by the world famous Japanease Butoh masters - Kazuo Ono and Yoshito Ono - Yokohama - Japan.

Represented Israel as an actor, director, singer, and lecturer in The Netherlands, The United Kingdom, Malta, Egypt, The United States, Canada, Puerto-Rico, Singapore and Samoa.

Acted in a broad repertoire of plays staged in Habima National Theater and in the city theaters of Haifa, Beer-Sheva and Jerusalem.

Hosted a popular TV game show called “Lingo” on the Israeli Channel 2, and “A Look At Opera” aired on the Israeli Discovery Channel.

A teacher for diction in the theater department - The university of Tel-Aviv.

Wrote the books: "Combinations" - poetry,  "Just A Moment" - a diary of a travel to the far east, and "It Is What It Is" - Zen talks with Yo.

Acted in Assi Dayan’s  two films , “ Electric Blanket Syndrome” and “Mr. Baum”.

Came out with two long-playing CD albums, “Dream Alley” and “Gil Alon Sings Jacques Brel”.


Recently:
Acted in “On Tidy Endings” by Harvey Fierstein, sung in the musical “Assassins” by Stephen Sondheim, portrayed and sung Jacques Brel throughout the monodrama on his life, played the role of the British Viceroy in the Indian film "The Legend Of Bhagat Singh" directed by Raj Kumar Santoshi, sung in the musical "Men of Mahagonny" by Kurt Weill in Germany, Participated as a Zen expert in the international project "Black Market for Useful Knowledge and Non-Knowledge" in Jaffa - Israel, and played the roles of the Father, the Writer, the Priest and the Homeless in the stage version of "Clockwork Orange", and the role of Heinrich Himmler in "From Crystal To Smoke" in Tel-Aviv.

In an official visit to a school for homeless children - Bangkok