Nora is an actress, writer and teacher working in theater, film and TV.
“The Transfiguration” (2016) directed by Michael O’Shea, produced by Susan Leber (Cannes Film Festival).
“Charlie Victor Romeo” (2014), directed by Karlyn Michelson, Patrick Daniels, and Bob Berger (Sundance Film Festival, New York Film Festival, Hamptons Film Festival, AFI, Wexner Center). Released on Netflix. Limited theatrical release in New York (Film Forum, BAM Cinematek) and Los Angeles (Downtown Independent).
“Chase Me”, directed by Annie Silverstein (San Francisco Film Festival, Los Angeles Film Festivals).
Nora was a stand in for Anne Hathaway in “Rachel Getting Married”, directed by Jonathan Demme.
Three seasons as a reporter on weekly news magazine show, “First Cut” (NBC).
Numerous commercial and industrial voice overs, including series narrator for Yahoo! Screen’s “Mystery of Men”, and content for MTV, Atari, US Army, Pfizer, Communication Workers of America, among many others.
Woolley has acted off and off-off Broadway for nearly twenty years, working with, among others — Collective:Unconscious, Paul Bargetto, Jill A Samuels, Kate Whoriskey and Karin Coonrod. Recent roles include Charlie Victor Romeo (in the UK: Edinburgh Mainstage, Theatre Royal at Bury St. Edmonds, Colchester Theatre; in the US: American Repertory Theater, Studio Theater, Collective:Unconscious, Three Legged Dog), A Footnote in History (The New Ohio Theater), A Couple of Poor Polish-Speaking Romanians (Abrons Center), Automotive (PS 122 Mainstage), 3/4 of a Mass for Saint Vivian (Theater Alliance) for which she won the Washington DC Audience Award for Best Actress, Mind Invasion (Kennedy Center), and A Bicycle Country (Public Theater).
• New York Innovative Theater Awards: Outstanding Solo Performance, Outstanding Short Script (double nominee), HIP
• New York Innovative Theater Awards: Outstanding Short Script (co-writer), STRAYS
• Washington DC Audience Award: Best Actress in a Lead Role, 3/4 of a Mass for St. Vivian
• Dean’s Fellowship in Playwriting (MFA): University of California, Riverside
• Studio Award for Sustained Excellence in Acting: NYU/ Tisch School of the Arts
Devised work includes HIP, developed at IRT Theater’s Artist-in-Residence program. HIP was nominated for two NYIT Awards (Outstanding Solo Performance and Outstanding Short Script) and was heralded by the New York Times and Show Business Weekly as a must-see; STRAYS, co-written with Kim Katzberg and Raquel Cion, winner of NYIT Award for Best Short Script and published in Best American Short Plays of 2015-16 (Applause Books); SELLING SPLITSVILLE, co-written and performed with Christine Witmer, premiered at PS 122’s underground zero festival and was the only full-length play selected as part of the Boston Women in Comedy Festival. Other original work includes the multi-character play COURTESY WORKS (HERE), ARE WE THERE YET? (Singapore International Theatre Festival), and SONS (Ars Nova Showgasm). Nora was a frequent collaborator with Force Theory, an early 2000s NYC performance art band with a cult following.
Woolley wrote and performed a series of monologues-on-film called Les Petites Tristesses (The Little Sadnesses), directed and edited by her brother, George Woolley. The films appear as if they could be moments from feature-length films and play with the cinematic presentation of monologue as a traditionally theatrical form (see original work section for links). Woolley co-created several faux hipster music videos as part of the stage production of HIP with editor, Mariclare Lawson– these collaborations received glowing praise by the New York Times.
NYU/Tisch School of the Arts, Experimental Theater Wing: BFA Acting
Royal Academy of Dramatic Art: Certificate in Shakespeare Performance
University of California at Riverside, MFA Playwriting (anticipated 2018)
Additional training includes workshops and classes with The Barrow Group, Acrobat of the Heart: Grotowski Immersion, Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theater, Theatre de Complicite, CalShakes, among others.
Nora teaches acting and devised theater through a physical-based lens.
NYU, Tisch School of the Arts, Experimental Theater Wing (Lecturer in Acting)
New School University, Eugene Lang College (Lecturer in Acting)
Naropa University, Graduate School of Acting (Guest Teaching Artist-in-Residence)
Yale School of Drama (Teaching Apprentice under Erica Fae)