In honor of Women's History Month, I decided to bring back one of my favorites recorded just before the pandemic became global. This episode originally aired in January 2020. I learned so much from this amazing actor and fabulous human being called Isra,...
In honor of Women's History Month, I decided to bring back one of my favorites recorded just before the pandemic became global. This episode originally aired in January 2020. I learned so much from this amazing actor and fabulous human being called Isra, I hope to have her back on the pod soon. Isra opened my eyes to segregation, and education in Sweden, barriers to foreign-born actors, and IKEA. This is a woman that I'm always rooting for, follow her and support her work. For more on Isra along with where to find her on the socials www.IsraElsalihie.com
Intro 0-10:06, Gothenburg / Immigrants /Segregation 11:34 - 16:31, Sweden 19:34 - 20:56, Segregation 21:30 - 21:54, School 22:59 - 24:56, Options / Survival 25:21 - 27:54, Student Loans 28:04 -28:38, England 28:50 - 31:54, Culture Shocks 32:27 - 37:21, NYC Love 38:43 - 40:19, Food 40:51 - 46:34, Music 46:53 - 53:47, First Acting Job 53:50 - 54:55, Biggest Barrier 55:48 - 1:00:22, Nudity & Intimacy 1:04:05 - 1:06:47, NO 1:09:30 - 1:10:29, Vintage Clothing 1:10:55 - 1:11:54, Rehearsal Break 1:12:39 - 1:13:40, Characters 1:13:50 - 1:14:54, Biggest Supporters 1:15:23 - 1:18:39, Who Would Play Isra 1:19:50 - 1:21:21, Looks Up To 1:22:44 - 1:24:35, Streaming Services 1:24:40 - 1:26:15, IKEA Q 1:26:27 - 1:29:34, Final Q 1:29:58 - 1:30:35 Plugins 1:32:00 - 1:36:12
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Actor / Writer
Isra is an Iraqi-Swedish actor and writer based out of New York.
She has performed in critically-acclaimed hits such as Heather Raffo’s Noura at the Old Globe directed by Johanna McKeon and the political thriller The Invaders (2018 BFI London Film Festival), for which she received a Best Lead Actress nomination at SSIFF.
Her credits include: Feature film Arresting God (Sundance Institute Development Track) by Sati Kaur and starring opposite Agam Darshi, Another Girl (Amazon Prime); Red Balloon directed by Jessica Blank at Noor Theatre, 24 Hour Plays: Nationals 2017 produced by Mark Armstrong; Parisian Blue Fantasie produced by Tony winner Mercedes Ellington at the Friars Club and Anne Frank in the Gaza, directed by Shaun Peknic for which she won PCTF Outstanding Supporting Actress award.
This is in addition to her voice-over work on the Emmy award-winning animation series, Super Wings. Isra is also a writer for Backstage.
Isra is a graduate of Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute and has studied with the Royal Shakespeare Company in London. Upon her graduation, Isra began working at the Actors Studio.
Isra was also nominated for and subsequently attended LAByrinth theatre company’s 2019 Summer intensive ensemble, studying with Stephen Adly Guirgis, Raul Castillo, and Maggie Flannigan among others.
Isra has since collaborated professionally with LAByrinth theatre company’s Barn series.
Currently, Isra is performing in Hemma Hos at Angereds theatre, which has received rave reviews and a nomination for Best Play of the Year by the Swedish Theatre Critics Association. She was also selected to be a part of Berlinale Talents 2022.