Ilan Ronen was president of the Union des Théâtres de l'Europe between 2011 and 2015. He was the artistic director of the Khan Theatre in Jerusalem (1975-1982), as well as the renowned Cameri Theatre in Tel Aviv (1984-1992), before taking over the Habima – National Theatre of Israel, which he headed for twelve years (2004-2016). Moreover, he is one of the founders of the Zavta Satirical Theatre (founded in 1977) with dramaturges Hillel Mitelpunkt and Joshua Sobol.
Ilan Ronen has deeply influenced Israeli theatre. His dedication to young actors, young authors and contemporary literature led him to found the Habima Young Company in Tel Aviv. Over the years (from 1996 to 2004), he worked with this young company on new and significant projects for which he was awarded several prizes.
As a stage director, he has been particularly keen on staging authors that show a social and political consciousness, either classic or contemporary, from Eschyles to Shakespeare, from Brecht to Noren.
lan Ronen’s repertoire includes classic and contemporary plays as well as international and Israeli productions. Over the years, he has had a vivid international career, showing his works at theatres, such as the Maly Theatre in Moscow, the Stary Theatre in Crakow and the Theater am Kurfürstendamm in Berlin, to name only a few; and has had his productions at international festivals, amongst which the Manchester International Festival Theatre (1994); the Edinburgh International Theatre Festival, the Globe To Globe International Shakespeare Festival in London (2012), the Hungarian Theatre of Cluj Interferences International Theatre Festival (2014), and the People's Art Theatre International Theatre Festival in Beijing (2016).
Ilan Ronen was made UTE member of honour at the general assembly in Milan, Italy, in May 2017.