Noa Baum, Storyteller
Using the Art and Practice of Storytelling
to Connect, Communicate, and Collaborate
"There have been great societies that did not use the wheel, but there have been no societies that did not tell stories."
Ursula K. LeGuin
Born and raised in Jerusalem, Noa offers 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 also studied with acclaimed acting teacher Uta Hagen in NY, and holds a Master of Arts in Educational Theater from New York University (NYU). Noa received a Graduate Fellowship to work in inner city schools from C.A.T., the Theater in Education Company of NYU.
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.
Noa belongs to the Golden Fleece, a leading community of practice on the use of narrative in organizational settings, and the National Storytelling Network. She lives in the Washington DC metropolitan area with her husband and two children.
Storytelling is the intersection of my work as a performance artist, educator, and diversity specialist. For me, story is both performance art and tool for change.
I love connecting with people through stories. I use storytelling to entertain, build bridges of understanding, and offer pathways to dialogue and peace.
Storytelling is an interactive art form that invites listeners of all ages to participate and use their imagination. I enjoy telling stories from cultures around the world as well as my Jewish heritage.
Storytelling serves as a powerful tool for building community, facilitating transformation, and healing divisions between groups.
In businesses and organizations, I use stories to harness the power of workplace diversity, foster collaboration, and promote innovation. I love to witness the transformational power of a workshop and experience the energy shift in a room full of executives as they discover the power of stories.