Emmanuel Pinto was born in 1962 to an observant family from Algeria. He studied history and international relations at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and acting at the Nissan-Nativ Acting Studio. In 1994 he moved to Paris and established a theater group, Ama. Since returning to Israel in 2008, Pinto has taught theater and writing in various frameworks. He is also a script-writer and translator from French to Hebrew. His first book, Daniel, was published in 2000 and was awarded the Ministry of Culture Award for Debut Novel.