Born in Israel to Persian parents, Orly Noa is a theatre director trained in London and in Tel Aviv. Orly Noa is a member of EVE – Israeli Independent Theatre Makers Association, Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab, La MaMa Umbria, The Watermill Performance Center, Asylum Arts and the WWLab – an international directors collective.
Next projects for 2021-2022: OH MY GOD by Anat Gov at Karl Der Grosse, Zurich. Artistic Directing the new podcast of The Israeli Association of Independent Theatre Makers. Directing THE TRIAL – a performance based on the first Hebrew production of The Merchant of Venice.
Her previous independent body of work – the #posthome_theatre directorial trilogy – included: A PARTICIPATORY PERSIAN TEA CEREMONY performed at changing locations in Israel and abroad (2016-2019). An adaptation of Luigi Pirandello’s THE MAN WITH THE FLOWER IN HIS MOUTH, performed in Hebrew with Italian supertitles at Jaffa Theatre/Haifa Theatre/Tmuna in Tel Aviv (2017-2019). The third part of the trilogy PARRHESIA premiered at Tmuna Theatre in Tel Aviv (2019-2020).
Other selected directing credits: HER ISRAELI STORY – a cross disciplinary performance bringing together contemporary literature & visual art at Ebraica Festival, Rome. Israeli premiere of BULL by Mike Bartlett at MARA Theatre, nominated for Best Show & awarded Best Stage Design at the 2017 Israeli Fringe Awards. A site-specific adaptation inspired by Maurice Meaterlinck’s INTERIOR for the Banqiao 435 ART ZONE in Taipei, Taiwan. ISRA-ISLAND by Nava Semel at Itim Ensemble. Israeli premiere of FLEABAG by Phoebe Waller-Bridge at the Israel Festival. ONIONS – In Pasto Al Mare, a site-specific work for the beach in Calabria, later hosted by the Teatro Biblioteca Quarticciolo, Rome. Israeli premiere of IF THERE IS I HAVEN’T FOUND IT YET by Nick Payne at the Library Theatre. British premiere of HONEYPOT by Julia Pascal at the New Diorama. A DROP IN THE SEA at Tzavta, Tel Aviv.
She received the Habima Award for Entrepreneurship in Theatre at a festival co-produced by Tel Aviv’s Habima and London’s National Theatre, and was nominated to Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative. Her work is supported by the America-Israel Cultural Foundation, the Lottery Arts Fund & Ministry of Culture grants.