Diego Rotman, the Head of the Department of Theater Studies at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, is a Senior Lecturer, researcher, multidisciplinary artist, and curator. His research focuses on performative practices as related to local historiography, folklore, and Yiddish culture and theater. Diego has published essays on Yiddish theater in Israel, the political satire of Dzigan and Shumacher, and contemporary art.
In March 2021 his book The Yiddish Stage as a Temporary Home - Dzigan and Shumacher's Satirical Theater (1927-1980) was published by De Gruyter, and in December 2017 was published the Hebrew version of it: The Stage as a Temporary Home: On Dzigan and Shumacher Theater (1921-1980) by Magnes Press. The book, based on his doctoral dissertation written under the joint supervision of Prof. Galit Hasan-Rokem and Prof. Yehiel Szeintuch at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, was the recipient of the 2019 Shapiro Award for the Best Book in Israel Studies.
Together with Lea Mauas, he edited the book The Ethnography Department of the Museum of the Contemporary, which was published in 2017 by the Academic Avantgarde and Magnes Press. In 2014, he was co-editor of He'ara: Independent Art in Jerusalem at the Beginning of the 21st Century with Ronen Eidelman and Lea Mauas. Diego's Master's thesis, Yiddish te'ater in Israel 1943-1948, was written in Yiddish under the supervision of Prof. Galit Hasan-Rokem and Prof. Yechiel Szeintuch.
In 2000, Rotman and Lea Mauas founded the Sala-manca Group, which is active in contemporary art, performance, public art. The Group published the art periodical He'arat shulayim and curated and produced the He'ara Contemporary Art Events between 2002 and 2008. In 2009, the Group founded the Mamuta Art and Media Center as a center for research, production, and presentation of art, and continues to manage it.