Dr. Omry Smith is a Theatre researcher and Drama translator. He received his PhD degree from the Department of Theatre Arts at Tel-Aviv University (2006), and is also a graduate of the Nissan Nativ acting studio (1993). Smith teaches and researches a variety of subjects relating to the history of Western drama and theatre: early modern Italian and English theatre, classical rhetoric in Shakespeare’s drama, and representations of the emotions on the English Renaissance stage. His recent studies focus on the pioneering comedies of the Italian Renaissance, widely referred to as “Erudite Comedies”. Smith’s book, “The Erudite Comedy” (Magness, 2016), examines the rebirth of Western theatre in Renaissance Italy, and introduces the Hebrew reader to three of the most prominent Italian Renaissance comedies: Ludovico Ariosto’s “La Cassaria”, Bernardo Dovizi’s “La Calandra”, and Niccolo Machiavelli’s “Clizia”. Smith’s translation, introduction and notes to “Mandragola” examine Machiavelli’s comedy in a twofold manner: as a product of Italian Renaissance culture, and as an original, groundbreaking and universal creation of a genius (Magness, 2014). Smith’s book, “Reason Not: Emotional Appeal in Shakespeare’s Drama”, explores Shakespeare’s use of a rhetorical device widely referred to as “Emotional Appeal” – a speech by which one character seeks to manipulate the emotions of another (Peter Lang, 2009). His translation of Bernardo Dovizi’s “La Calandra” was staged by the Khan Theatre, Jerusalem (2013-2014).