Yael Shavitt is an Israeli born actress, based in New York City.
She made her network TV debut on NBC's Law & Order: SVU opposite Mariska Hargitay and Jason Biggs.
Yael is the creator and lead actress of the award-winning series SPLIT (now streaming on Amazon). Best Lead Actress Nominee! Chicago Blow-Up Arthouse, Open World Toronto and Southern States Film Festivals.
SPLIT is about two possible paths that one life might take. Think Sliding Doors meets Kissing Jessica Stein. Official Selection at 12 festivals! 10 Award Nominations including Best Drama Series from LA's QueerX and NYC's Stareable Film Festivals. splitminiseries.com
Yael performed at The PUBLIC Theater with the Obie Award-winning theater company, 600 Highwaymen, and at New Ohio Theatre with the Byzantine Choral Project. She understudied (& performed) the title role in Yentl with Beautiful Soup Theater and played lead roles in the features Delenda (Sarasota Film Festival) and Calvary! Parade!.
As a Founding Member of NYC's Asylos Theater Collective, Yael co-created and performed in Asylos’ Envy on Fire (Exponential Festival), Woolgatherers (Frigid Festival), the site-specific immersive piece Out of the Ash and others.
Before moving to New York, Yael served in the Intelligence Corps of the IDF and co-created the documentary feature film iF YOU PULL NORTH (Jerusalem Jewish Film Festival).
Yael is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts (NYC) and the Thelma Yellin School of the Arts (Israel), with additional training from AMAW, MN Acting Studio and UCB.