Name: Arielle Bendory
Hometown: Parsippany, NJ
College: Professional Performing Certificate from The American Musical and Dramatic Academy and BFA in Musical Theatre from The New School
Why did you decide to participate in a long-term program in Israel? Why did you choose Oranim’s Tel Aviv Internship Experience?
I chose to participate in this longterm program because I knew I wanted to spend a significant amount of time in Israel and never got a chance to in college. I visit a lot because I have a lot of relatives here, so it’s already like my home away from home. The other reason is that I wanted to get a new experience besides the background that I have in Musical Theatre in hopes that it will help my career. Musical Theatre is a tough field and the reality is that I don’t think I can live my life going from audition to audition without having a steady income. Therefore, I want to discover what my other interests might be. Furthermore, my parents who are Israeli just moved back to Israel. So it makes the move a little easier on me.
What are your goals for this year?
My goal is to gain some knowledge from this new experience so that I can be able to use it for the future. I want to make some choices for my career that are more than what I have decided for myself at this point in my life.
What are you most looking forward to this year?
I am most looking forward to meeting a lot of new people and building connections in Israel.
How do you plan on celebrating the Chagim (high holidays) in Israel?
Probably with my family.
What are some of your post-program plans?
I don’t really have specific plans. That is probably the scariest thing about this. After the program, I fly back to America, leaving my parents and most of my family behind. I will probably continue trying to pursue my Musical Theatre career. But, I’m hoping that after this experience I will be more sure of what I want my future to look like and will be able to build my career in other ways as well.