Aida Nasrallah is the pen name of Mahagna Nassra, a Palestinian-Israeli writer, poet, performance artist, art historian and critic, and lecturer at Beit Berl University. Her work focuses on women’s roles as peacebuilders. She organizes and runs a weekly salon for women poets and writers, serving as mentor for Arab women in Israel who wish to experiment with poetry and fiction. She was the driving force behind “Common Threads,” an art exhibit that displayed the work of Jewish and Arab women artists side by side at the prestigious gallery of the Tel Aviv University.
She has published over 40 short stories and 60 poems in various Arabic publications in Israel. Her novel My Dear Beyond the Ocean was recently published in German. Ms. Nasrallah received a B.A. in Arabic and Art, University of Haifa, and her M.A. Degree through the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa. Her thesis was entitled “Female Artists from the Wadi Ara Region: Their Artistic Endeavor as a Reflection of their Social and Individual Perception.” Her play, The Moaning of Rosary was produced as a reading by Portland Stage Company and the theatre department at Iowa University in 2001 and was later staged at New York Theatre Workshop the same year. She has given lectures on topics such as women’s roles in art and society, peace making, Arabic culture, and using the arts in teaching.
Lee Perlman Lee is the Director of Business Development of the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, a leading intellectual center for the interdisciplinary study and discussion of issues related to philosophy, society, culture and education. He is a Research Fellow at the Tami Steinmetz Center for Peace Research at Tel Aviv University. In 2013, Ha'aretz newspaper named Lee as one of "The 100 Most Influential People in Israeli Culture." Lee is formerly the Executive Director of the America-Israel Cultural Foundation and a lecturer at Tel Aviv University and at Brandeis University's "Genesis at Brandeis" and "Social Justice Summer" programs. He previously served as Director of Programs at The Abraham Fund Initiatives, a leading Israeli co-existence organization.
Lee received his PhD from Tel Aviv University. His doctoral dissertation was on the socio-cultural and socio-political impact and significance of Jewish and Palestinian theatre cooperation on the Israeli stage. He has written extensively on NGO efforts at improved Israeli-Palestinian relations.
2015 Presentations on Theatre & Peacebuilding in Israel:
Annual Israeli Theater Researchers’ Association Conference
February 9, 2015
Kibbutzim College of Education
Acting Together contributor Lee Perlman will present his paper "Actors as Change Agents in Joint Productions of Jews and Palestinians in Israel" at a panel entitled “Acting, Actor, Society” at the Annual Israeli Theater Researchers’ Association Conference “On Acting in Theater: Aesthetics, History and Culture” in Tel Aviv at the Kibbutzim College of Education.
International Research Workshop of The Israel Science Foundation presents:
Rethinking Political Theatre in Western Culture
March 4, 2015
Tel Aviv University
Lee Perlman will chair and present, along with Acting Together contributor Dr. Aida Nasrallah at a workshop session "Performance and Peacebuilding in Israel: The Politics of Identity, Representation and Power-Relations" at an International Research Workshop of The Israel Science Foundation on Rethinking Political Theatre in Western Culture at Tel Aviv University. Stage Director Sinai Peter shares his experiences directing many joint Jewish/Palestinian productions and actors Mahmoud Abu Jazi and Einat Weizman perform an excerpt from Oved Shabbat (Quieter Days) by Hanna Eady and Edward Mast, directed by Sinai Peter at the Palestinian Al-Midan Theatre in Haifa. Session supported by the Tami Steinmetz Center for Peace Research at Tel Aviv University. View the workshop flyer and program.