Bruce Bierman (Berkeley) is a Jewish dance master, choreographer, teaching artist and award-winning theater director. He teaches and leads all kinds of Jewish dance including Hasidic and klezmer/Yiddish.
He is Artistic Director of New Yiddish Theater and Yiddish Theatre Ensemble
From 1989-2000, he was a leading performer and dance educator with the renowned Los Angeles Aman Folk Dance Ensemble. KlezCalifornia first introduced him to Yiddish dance and to his primary mentor, Steve Weintraub, in 2006. Other mentors include the late legendary Jewish dancer and choreographer Felix Fibich, Michael Alpert (Scotland), Walter Zev Feldman (Abu Dhabi), and Deborah Strauss (New Jersey). Bruce has been a leading presenter of Jewish dance for KlezCalifornia Festivals and Cabarets, Klezmerquerque Festival, Contemporary Jewish Museum (S.F.), Skirball Museum (L.A.), Jewish Community Library, and U.C.L.A. Ethnic Music and Dance Department. Bruce took part in the first Yiddish dance symposium at NYU and the Krakow Jewish Cultural Festival.
He directed and choreographed the critically acclaimed “Di Megileh of Itzik Manger” (at JCC East Bay) and “Shanghai Angel” (Contemporary Jewish Museum). Most recently Bruce was Yiddish dance dramaturg for two productions of the Tony award-winning play “Indecent” (Arena Stage and Oregon Shakespeare Festival).
He is the author of several award-winning plays and musicals including The Passion of Carmen, The Blue Dress, and Wade in the Water, which received the Playwright’s Commission Award from the National Foundation for Jewish Culture. Bruce is currently the artistic director of the J Dance Theatre, bringing Jewish dance performances, workshops, lectures and youth education programs throughout California. Bruce received his B.A. in Asian Theatre and Dance from U.C. Santa Cruz, and recently completed the Karmiel Course for Foreign Dance Teachers in Israel. Bruce lives with his dance and life partner, Gilberto Melendez, in San Francisco.