There are, in fact, a number of English-language theaters, theater groups, and production companies all over Israel, with probably most of this activity happening in Jerusalem. What are the differences among all of these groups, and 2. Does it matter? Well, basically professional actors have been trained and act for a living, so whatever they do in the field should help pay their bills.
The Difference Between Amateurs and Professionals
Amateur theatre - Wikipedia
I believe actors should call themselves actors. Performers are talented, trained, crafted professionals. They are their own category and should be respected as such. Actors are actors. Performers are performers. Why, then, am I writing about this distinction?
How to tell the difference between community & professional theater, and should anyone care?
My shock at this forced me to confront the question of whether I am a theatre snob, or if this is a step too far, even for an amateur production. However, thinking back on my experiences, at least with performing, I have been in relatively professional atmospheres for amateur theatre. I went a school with a reputation for high standards of theatre and music, and super keen drama and music teachers who took the productions they put on very seriously. My experience of various dance and drama schools has involved high expectations on students to behave and perform like professionals in showcases. I have a sneaking suspicion that I have absorbed these high standards without thinking about it, so that when I see an amateur production that deviates from professional protocols, I am unreasonably outraged.
Why is it that some people seem to be hugely successful and do so much, while the vast majority of us struggle to tread water? There are a host of other differences, but they can effectively be boiled down to two things: fear and reality. Amateurs believe that the world should work the way they want it to.