About This Program
Story Bridges: Exploring Identity and Connection
This dynamic assembly for 6th through 12th grade students helps them discover and explore many of the facets of identity. Noa shares her experiences of bridging differences through the power of story. She invites students to consider the multiple aspects of our identity as reflected in personal stories and national
narratives. Hear how Noa hated her name but came to appreciate its meaning; how she befriended a Palestinian woman who was considered her enemy; and the true story of a Pakistani 13-year-old boy who learns not to hate. This compelling and moving presentation offers an inspiration for students to take the first step toward building bridges of peace in their own lives, communities and the world.
"Noa is fantastic! She brings her stories alive so that this petite woman actually resembles a lion, a turtle--actually any character she takes on, when performing--without costume! I cannot say enough about Noa--the teachers, staff and most importantly the students were captivated by her storytelling."
"Noa was warm and engaging. She established immediate rapport with the audience, giving clear cues for decorum, but lots of space for appropriate response and participation. Her stories were mesmerizing, her timing impeccable, and her connection with the children genuine. Loved her!"
"I appreciated the diverse nature of the stories Noa told both at the performance and on her CD. She brought in elements of the cultures that the stories sprang from and made the stories come alive with her dramatic telling of them. Noa is truly an exceptional performer."