Born in Israel to Persian parents, Orly Noa trained as a director in London and in Tel Aviv. Currently she divides her time between Tel Aviv and Rome. Running work includes: directing the Israeli premiere of BULL by Mike Bartlett at MARA Theatre, nominated for Best Show & awarded Best Stage Design at the 2017 Israeli Fringe Awards. In 2017 she founded #posthome_theatre and created two productions: A PARTICIPATORY PERSIAN TEA CEREMONY which she also performs, running at Alma – Home for Hebrew Culture, Tel Aviv; and her original stage adaptation of Luigi Pirandello’s THE MAN WITH THE FLOWER IN HIS MOUTH, running with Italian supertitles at Jaffa Theatre. Later in 2018 she curated and directed a cross disciplinary performance for Ebraica – International Festival of Hebrew Culture in Rome, bringing together contemporary Israeli female writing & visual art to the Italian stage.
Orly Noa is a member of EVE – Israeli Independent Theatre Artists Organization, Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab, La MaMa Umbria Directors Symposium, Asylum Arts, and an international affiliate of the League of Professional Theatre Women. She is a co-founding member of the World Wide Lab, an international directors collective (TCG grant). She was an Artist in Residence at The Watermill Performance Center and a member of numerous artistic committees of Tzavta Theatre. She received the Habima Award for Entrepreneurship in Theatre for directing British political drama at a festival co-produced by Tel Aviv’s Habima and London’s National Theatre. She was a recipient of the America-Israel Cultural Foundation grant, and was nominated to Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative.
Selected directing credits: directing a site-specific adaptation inspired by Maurice Meaterlinck’s INTERIOR for the Banqiao 435 ART ZONE in Taipei, Taiwan. Directing ISRA-ISLAND by Nava Semel at Itim Ensemble & Cameri Theatre . Directing the Israeli premiere of FLEABAG by Phoebe Waller-Bridge at the Israel Festival. Performed in German with Hebrew supertitles, FLEABAG transferred to Tzavta. In Italy, she directed ONIONS – In Pasto Al Mare, a site-specific work for a beach in Calabria, later hosted by the Teatro Biblioteca Quarticciolo, Rome, and she artistic-directed the World Wide Lab festival at Teatrodueroma. Orly Noa directed the Israeli premiere of IF THERE IS I HAVEN’T FOUND IT YET by Nick Payne (Library Theatre) and the British premiere of HONEYPOT by Julia Pascal (New Diorama). She wrote and directed A DROP IN THE SEA (Tzavta, Tel Aviv). She adapted to Hebrew and directed the Israeli premiere of 100 as a physical piece for 13 actors (Yoram Lowenstein).She directed SABRES – a Political Play for the Whole Family (MARA Theatre), and an adaptation of Erica Fischer’s novel AIMEE & JAGUAR (received Tzavta’s New Writing Festival award for distinction).
Orly Noa regularly engages in cross-disciplinary collaborations. She created collaborative work for the Curtain Up Dance Festival, New Central Bus Station events, Israel Museum, BABAIT Festival & Contact Point events. Orly Noa is also a voice artist and apart from commercial work, she recorded audio-books at Israel’s Library for the Blind, at iCast – Hebrew Literature Project and at the online Short Story Project. For radio, she wrote DANNY & SUNITA, a short audio play for two voices & two colors (Turnowsky’s Art, Tel Aviv).