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Jan. 22, 2020

EP 17: NY is Your Best-friend (weird but you love it) ft Isra Elsalihie

EP 17: NY is Your Best-friend (weird but you love it) ft Isra Elsalihie

Isra Elsalihie is a dropper of GEMS! If you are an actor interested in coming over to break into the acting world, this episode is for you.
Isra Elsalihie is the first actress to be a guest on our podcast. The talented and future award-winning actress ed...


Isra Elsalihie is a dropper of GEMS! If you are an actor interested in coming over to break into the acting world, this episode is for you.

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.  

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Isra Elsalihie

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.