photo: Ernest Aranov

Roy Chen is a writer, playwright and translator. 

Born in 1980 in Tel-Aviv, Israel, where he lives with his wife and son.

His father’s side of the family came to the holy land after the expulsion from Spain, about 520 years ago. His mother’s parents came from Morocco in the end of the 1940s.

Souls, Chen's new novel (Keter publishing house, 2020),

has been translated into Russian (Phantom Press, Moscow, 2021) and is about
to be published in Italian in La Giuntina publishing house, Florence, Italy

Someone Like Me, Chen's new play opened the current season in Gesher Theater.


Roy is an autodidact, and as such he is always in a process of learning. He studied languages: English, Russian, French and Italian and translated classic Russian fiction (Pushkin, Dostoevsky, Chekov etc.) and over 40 theatre plays.

Since 2007 he is the in-house dramaturge of Gesher theatre in Tel-Aviv, where his plays, translations and adaptations are produced. Performances based on Chen’s plays are travelling the world with Gesher Theatre (NYC, Moscow, Beijing etc).