Has been serving as General Director of the Cameri since 1992. During that time, he has turned the Cameri into the most prodigious and largest Theatre in Israel that performs all over the country. He initiated and executed the Theatre’s relocation to its new home on Leonardo da Vinci Street.
Under his leadership, the Cameri has become a center for international theatre, where leading Theatres worldwide come with their productions. The audience that comes to watch the Cameri productions is quite diverse - more than 40,000 subscribers, schools, tourists, new immigrants, minorities, and young leadership groups from abroad. All this is made possible because of the Cameri’s varied repertory and the surtitles that are offered in English, Russian, French and Arabic.
Semel served as General Director of the Haifa Municipal Theatre. He then served as Israel’s Consul for Cultural Affairs in the United States. He is currently serving as Chair of the Hanoch Levin Institute of Israeli Drama. Mr. Semel is an active member of the Forum of Israeli Cultural Institutes, and a committee member of the Israeli Theatre Prize, which he founded.