NYU Tisch, School at Steppenwolf
Since graduating from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and The School at Steppenwolf, Nora Fiffer has been working as an actor onstage and onscreen. In Chicago she has performed with Goodman, Lookingglass, Steppenwolf, Court, Northlight, Chicago Shakespeare, Remy Bumppo, Eclipse, Chicago Dramatists, Steep, Griffin, About Face, and regionally with Indiana Repertory Theatre and Silk Road Rising.
Chicago Tribune theatre critic Chris Jones named Nora as one of Chicago's ‘Hot New Faces’ in theatre, Chicago Sun-Times theatre critic Hedy Weiss wrote a feature article about her work onstage, and Broadway World, WGN Radio, and other media have interviewed her in print and on air. Her work onstage has been recognized with two Jeff Award nominations for Best Supporting Actress.
Nora also works in film, TV, voice over, and print. In addition to commercial work, she has guest-starred on NBC's Chicago Med and ABC's Detroit 1-8-7 and has been featured in several independent films.
Nora also writes, directs, produces, and acts in the web series, Matching Pursuit, which received a public screening at Chicago’s Lincoln Hall.
“Aside from her enormous intelligence and incredibly disciplined work ethic, Nora has an amazing empathy for each of the characters she plays, and an innate emotional identification with them. So she doesn’t really ‘play’ characters so much as she allows them to emerge from within her, which gives her work an incredible honesty and fullness. Beyond that, she’s also a great ensemble actress, and she has an amazing career ahead of her.”
Steve Scott, Goodman Theatre (published in Chicago Sun-Times)
“Only a fool, you'd think, would agree to play Marilyn Monroe. But Nora Fiffer, an Evanston native and graduate of New York University, was wholly unintimidated by the role — as filtered by the memories of Arthur Miller — in the recent After the Fall, by Eclipse Theatre...From The Hostage at Griffin Theatre to Autumn Garden at Eclipse Theatre to her dazzling turn as Miller's beloved Maggie for Eclipse, Fiffer has been working fearlessly. No wonder she gets such respect when she auditions.”
Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune’s HOT NEW FACES
“As played by the resolute and wholly honest Nora Fiffer, Lilka is a very appealing character...when Fiffer's young woman, having just watched her family disappear, suddenly finds herself alone with a man and the horrors of the world; she realizes that she has about 30 seconds to grow up into a woman, and it makes you catch your breath.”
Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune review of The Last Act of Lilka Kadison (Lookingglass Theatre)
“Nora Fiffer steals the show with her magnificent portrayal of Sophie. Her performance sneaks up on you and then gently knocks you over. Her subtlety is deceptively powerful and her honesty is remarkably profound.”
Venus Zarris, Chicago Stage Review review of Autumn Garden (Eclipse Theatre)
“There is a fleet of quiet but deeply pained performances...with Nora Fiffer, who plays the white woman whom Bigger kills, deftly capturing every last shrill note of her character's dangerously privileged naivete.”
Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune review of Native Son (Court Theatre/American Blues Theatre)
“Nora Fiffer is enchanting as the virginal, perceptive Sophia Western, the true love of Tom’s life who emerges wiser and stronger from the betrayal and heartbreak she suffers.”
Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-Times review of Tom Jones (Northlight Theatre)
“Fiffer is especially compelling as the emotionally unstable Maggie. Evoking Monroe without actually imitating her, she's charming, sexy, anguished, ferocious, cruel, yet always vulnerable.”
Albert Williams, Chicago Reader review of After the Fall (Eclipse Theatre)
“In the role of Maggie – which offers an actress about a million ways to fail – Nora Fiffer steps over every trap with remarkable dexterity for a remarkably long time.”
Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune review of After the Fall (Eclipse Theatre)