Noam Semel is a renowned cultural figure, the Director General of Habima, the National Theatre of Israel, and the founder and chairman of the Hanoch Levin institute for Israeli Drama. Semel is a known television and radio presenter, a moderator and public speaker. For the past 5 decades Semel had a lead role in shaping and leading the Israeli Theatre, as the 25 years long Director General of the Cameri Theatre of Tel Aviv (1992-2017), the formal Israeli Consulate for cultural affairs in the US (1988-1992), and the Director General of the Haifa Municipal Theatre (1980-1988) responsible for acclaimed productions such as Ghetto by Yohoshua Sobol and the bilingual production of Waiting for Godot in Hebrew and Arabic.
During his long service as it’s director general Semel has received the 2005 Israel Prize on behalf of The Cameri Theatre of Tel Aviv.
Semel is known for his work with A list performing artists as Yossi Banai, Shlomo Artzi, Rivka Michaeli and more. He is the former Artistic Director of the Jaffa International Theatre Festival, on behalf of Gesher Theatre and the Tel Aviv Municipality. Chairman of Kissufim 2019, an international conference in Jerusalem for Jewish authors, poets, and playwrights, at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute.
In 2019 Semel was received the lifetime achievement award from the Israeli union of performing arts.