About the project
The School of Visual Theater is one of only a few institutions in the world devoted to an interdisciplinary approach to training visual and performance artists.The school, which developed out of the Train Theater in 1986, offers a full-time curriculum that includes techniques of performance art, dance, multimedia, puppet theater and stage design to enable students to produce new and challenging theatrical forms. The school offers a three-year curriculum or a four-year joint program with the David Yellin College of Education that leads to a bachelor’s degree and teachers’ certification. The school houses Habama (the Stage) Theater for public performances by its students and others. The Jerusalem Foundation has supported physical projects including creation of a new media library in 2004, and school activities, including subsidies and scholarships such as the Louise & Herb Horvitz Scholarship, and the Phenomena International Festival of Performance Arts, a performance, puppet and visual theater festival created by Hadass Ophrat and other performers associated with the school.The school is located in an industrial building converted for use as an arts complex established and supported by the Jerusalem Foundation that also includes the Nissan Nativ Acting Studio, and the Sam Spiegel School of Film & Television.