Nora studied community-based theatre, Augusto Boal's Theatre of the Oppressed, and Drama Therapy at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. This foundation of participant-driven theatre has helped shape her as a teacher and director. She gives students the space and time to make their own discoveries in a safe and stimulating environment. In her work with youth, Nora uses theatre games to challenge students to take risks in creating their own work or approaching text. In her work with adults, Nora draws on her training in the techniques of Sanford Meisner, Stella Adler, and Viewpoints to bring out authentic and grounded performances.
Nora has designed curricula, taught, and directed performers age 9-96. She has pioneered drama and film programs for Changing Worlds (in partnership with Chicago Public Schools), Connections for the Homeless, Acting Studio Chicago, and Mudlark Theater. In her ongoing work with Mudlark, she writes short films for young people who comprise both the cast and crew of the film. Along with her frequent collaborator, Sean Gallagher, she directs the films and teaches a concurrent filmmaking practicum.
Nora is currently offering a 6-week Meisner Intensive and 8-week Advanced Scene Study. Nora also coaches students privately in performance, auditions, and writing.
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