Born in The Bronx in 1958, Avi Hoffman was recently nominated for the Drama Desk Award as Outstanding Actor in a Play for his portrayal of Willy Loman in the Yiddish Death of a Salesman. He is executive director of the Dachau Album Project (www.dachaualbum.org) for which he was invited to the Vatican to meet Pope Francis, and is the CEO of the Mendl Hoffman Foundation, which is now reviving the Joseph Papp Yiddish Theatre and is planning the creation of a Center for Yiddish Culture.
He is best known for his award winning one man shows Too Jewish?, Too Jewish, Too!and Still Jewish After All These Years (Performer of the Year ’95 – NY Press Magazine; L.A. OVATION award – Best Actor In a Musical 2001; NY Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle award nominations). Both of his shows have been broadcast nationally on PBS. On TV, he was featured as Sid Raskin in the Starz TV series Magic City, as well as on Netflix’ Bloodline, A&E’s The Glades and on the NBC series Law and Order. He starred in the motion picture – The Imported Bridegroom and was seen in the PBS documentary They Came For Good: A History of the Jews in the US. Avi has performed all over the world and has numerous acting and directing credits and has received multiple awards and nominations.