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ABOUT NOELLE

MULTIDISCIPLINARY ARTIST

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BIO

I am a theatre maker, ritual artist and cultural organizer. My work ignites transformative creative spaces: for spiritual, political and embodied freedom. 

 

From Nebraska to New York, and Palestine to Russia, I direct, curate and facilitate live performance, plays, workshops, cultural events  & ritual experiences in theatres, public / park spaces, universities, detention centers, schools and cultural venues; weaving together movements for liberation with the mysticism of the spirit and intangible worlds.


My interwoven ancestral, spiritual and migratory lineages frame much of my creativity. My father is from the Chouf mountains in Lebanon and my mother from the fields of Omaha, Nebraska with Serbian and German roots. I practice Yungdrung Bon, under the guidance of Geshe Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche (among other spiritual & creative lineages of which I am a part). I grew up attending international schools in both Michigan and Germany and currently reside in Brooklyn, New York, with my husband and two cats.

PROCESS

My process cultivates radical spaces of creativity, intuition and boundlessness.

 

I direct and facilitate performance, residencies and workshops that activate community and public space. I also integrate sacred ceremony, ritual and meditation to connect with land, ancestors and spirit in my creative processes.

 

I collaborate with community and cultural spaces centering youth voices & resilient and visionary women. I also partner with orgs envisioning spiritual and political freedom throughout Southwest Asia (Middle East) and North Africa, among many other collaborators!


Methodology includes:


- Community-centered collaborations
- Physical and embodied movement practices
- Connection with the sacred
- Decolonizing public spaces, theatrical forms, our bodies & hearts
- Collectively devising original work, through intuitive and

  improvisatory forms
 

UNESCO

Lincoln Center

Target Margin Theater

Queens Museum

Hemispheric Institute

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EDUCATION

I received my B.A. at Northwestern University in Performance Studies and French with a minor in African Studies. I received my M.A. at Tisch (NYU) in Arts Politics.


In the past 15 years, I have directed, facilitated, taught and done cultural organizing with organizations such as Lincoln Center, UNESCO, Queens Museum, Theatre Development Fund, viBe Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop, the Freedom Theatre, Hemispheric Institute, The Curran Theatre, En Garde Arts, Pan Asian Rep, LaGuardia Performing Arts center, Target Margin Theatre, Urban Art Beat, Epic Theatre, and the Mediterranean Director’s Lab.

 

I have also created multiple, original performance-based curriculums for youth and those impacted by the criminal justice system. I have facilitated workshops at over 40 public high schools through New York City and Chicago, in the Jenin Refugee Camp in Palestine and at Rikers Island, among multiple cultural and community spaces internationally.