Sharon Aviv (b. 1971) is an Israeli storyteller and a theater creator, a graduate of the Visual Theatre College in Jerusalem and a winner of the Israeli Artists Committee Creators Award.
At 1998 she founded Gollem – The Multidicsiplinary Place for Storytelling in Israel, and is managing it eversince; Gollem is a center combining a storytelling school and a stage for storytelling performances, educational activities and special projects.
Sharon performs, lectures and is leading workshops for individuals, groups, organizations and academic institutions throughout Israel.
As a native Israeli with a multiple origins background (she is the granddaugher of an Egyptian grandmother married to a Polish grandfather, and a Spanish grandmother married to a Romanian-Hungarian grandfather), Sharon takes part in artistic encounters for the promotion of peace in the Middle East, through the form of multicultural story telling sessions. Sharon combines her stories with classical, jazz, ethnic and folk musicians and performs both in the Middle East and in Europe.
As a student at the Chrysalis Theater Drama School of the Globe Shakespearian Theater in London, she specialized in speech, physical theater, acting and directing. She performed as a professional storyteller in many festivals in England, Scotland and Ireland. Sharon's school of storytelling offers a multidisciplinary program of courses, workshops and special projects for teachers, therapists, group-leaders and managers.
The school hosts 80-100 students each year, and operates in three different cities in Israel. Sharon also initiates and directs The Wandering Story, a site-oriented show which tells the stories of historical venues throughout Israel together with a group of storytellers and actors, dressed in periodical costumes and accompanied by live music. Sharon created storytelling performances for adults and children.