Nir Paldi is co-artistic director of Ad Infinitum. A writer, director, performer and facilitator, Nir’s training includes the two-year professional course at École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq and a degree in Psychology with the Open University.
Nir started out working with Ariane Mnouchkine at Théâtre du Soleil in Paris and founded his own theatre company in 2008. Nir teamed up with George Mann to become co-artistic director of Ad Infinitum in 2009. Nir directed, co-adpated and co-devised the company’s multi-award winning Odyssey in 2009. Odyssey won the Stage Award, The Small Scene Theatre Festival Audience Award in Croatia and was nominated for a Total Theatre Award in 2010. Odyssey has toured the globe since its première in 2009 and seven years later continues to tour the world. Through 2015 Nir directed a one-woman Norwegian language version of Odyssey that will tour Norway in in 2017 staring Silje Torp.
Nir co-wrote and directed The Big Smoke, a critically acclaimed multi-award winning piece that won an Argos Angel Award at the Brighton Festival 2011, Nir’s second Award for Best International Show at the United Solo Festival 2014 in New York City, USA, and was nominated for a both a Canadian Dora Award and a Manchester Theatre Award in 2011. Nir wrote, directed and performs in Ballad of the Burning Star, another critically acclaimed multi-award winning sell out. Ballad won Nir his second Stage Award, this time for Best Ensemble and more recently an Off West End Award for it’s London run at Battersea Arts Centre in 2013; the production has toured extensively in the UK in 2013-15, in Norway, and in Toronto, Canada in May 2015. Nir directed and wrote Ad Infinitum’s latest piece, Bucket List, which premiered at the 2016 Edinburgh Festival to critical acclaim and won the 2016 Spirit of the Fringe Award. Bucket List will London premiere at Battersea Arts Centre for 3 weeks 13 Feb-04 March 2017 before embarking on a 2 month UK tour.
As a freelance director working internationally, Nir co-wrote and directed Juana in a Million, which won him a Scotsman Fringe First Award at the 2012 Edinburgh Festival, ran for a month at Southwark Playhouse, London, in May 2013, and won the 2013 The United Solo Festival Award in New York City, USA. Nir co-wrote and directed Game of You, a new play in collaboration with Nadja Carli in Sao Paulo, Brazil, experimenting with sound design and projection mapping performed in April 2013. Nir spent a month in Mexico City directing and co-writing a new play, Milagros, commissioned by Vicky Araico Casas which is currently touring in Mexico. Nir teaches theatre for both adults and young people, he is a visiting tutor at Rose Bruford College, and he has been leading Ad Infinitum’s Master Classes for industry professionals since 2009.