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. In 2017 she founded #posthome_theatre and created two productions: A PARTICIPATORY PERSIAN TEA CEREMONY performed at changing locations; and her original stage adaptation of Luigi Pirandello’s THE MAN WITH THE FLOWER IN HIS MOUTH, running with Italian supertitles at Jaffa Theatre. She recently curated and directed a cross disciplinary performance bringing together contemporary literature & visual art at Ebraica – International Festival of Hebrew Culture, Rome.
Orly Noa is a member of EVE – Israeli Independent Theatre Artists Organization, Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab, La MaMa Umbria Directors Symposium and Asylum Arts. She was an Artist in Residence at The Watermill Performance Center, and a co-founding member of the World Wide Lab, an international directors collective (TCG grant). She received the Habima Award for Entrepreneurship in Theatre 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 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. 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. Directing the Israeli premiere of FLEABAG by Phoebe Waller-Bridge at the Israel Festival. Directing ONIONS – In Pasto Al Mare, a site-specific work for a beach in Calabria, later hosted by the Teatro Biblioteca Quarticciolo, Rome. Directing 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). Writing and directing A DROP IN THE SEA (Tzavta, Tel Aviv).
Orly Noa regularly engages in cross-disciplinary collaboration. She created collaborative work for the Curtain Up Dance Festival, New Central Bus Station events, Israel Museum, BABAIT Festival & Contact Point. 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 Short Story Project. For radio, she wrote DANNY & SUNITA, a short audio play for two voices & two colors (Turnowsky’s Art, Tel Aviv).