Thursday, August 16, 2012
It's not what you say that counts. It's how you say it. And when you add a Yiddish inflection, anything can happen.
Noa Baum, an expert storyteller who was born and raised in Jerusalem, has a unique approach to storytelling in communities and organizations. Since 1982, she has inspired and educated audiences of all ages with her performances, keynotes, and workshops.
Noa holds a BFA in Theater from Tel Aviv University and was an actress with the Khan Repertory Theater of Jerusalem. She continued to combine storytelling and drama while working in a school for emotionally disturbed boys in Tel-Aviv. Noa also taught early childhood and special education teachers at several colleges, including Levinsky Teachers College.
Noa has been living in the U.S. since 1990 and touring internationally. She has presented at hundreds of venues including: The World Bank, The Mayo Clinic, The Kennedy Center, The US Defense Department, GWU Law School, Brandies and Stanford Universities, and Hebrew University.
Her one-woman show for adults, A Land Twice Promised, received a grant from the National Storytelling Network. She has also received several Individual Artist Awards from the Maryland State Arts Council and the Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County Maryland. She won a Parents’ Choice Recommended Award for her CD, Far Away and Close to Home.
In the video below, Noa performs one of her stories, "Trotsky's Telegram."
The scene: Red Square, near the Kremlin. Stalin addresses a roaring crowd, reading a telegram that he just received from Trotsky. A little Jewish tailor, standing in front of the podium, suggests an alternate reading. Enjoy!
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