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 (premiered at Cannes Film Festival).
“Charlie Victor Romeo” (2014), directed by Karlyn Michelson, Patrick Daniels, and Bob Berger (premiered at Sundance Film Festival, New York Film Festival, Hamptons Film Festival, AFI). Commercial runs at Film Forum, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Wexner Center, Walker Center and the Downtown Independent (Los Angeles). Available on Netflix.
“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”, MTV, Atari, US Army, Pfizer, Communication Workers of America, among others.
Woolley has acted in numerous plays regionally, internationally, and Off-Broadway. Lead roles include the stage version of 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 Couple of Poor Polish-Speaking Romanians (Abrons Center), Automotive (PS 122 Mainstage), 3/4 of a Mass for Saint Vivian for which she won the Washington DC Audience Award for Best Actress (H Street Playhouse), Mind Invasion (Kennedy Center), and A Bicycle Country (Public Theater), among many others.
• 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
• Studio Award for Sustained Excellence in Acting: NYU/ Tisch School of the Arts
WRITER and PERFORMER of ORIGINAL WORK:
Nora’s original work on stage and film investigates the very delicate space between comedy and tragedy.
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, 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).
Woolley wrote and performed the monologues-on-film series, “Les Petites Tristesses (The Little Sadnesses)”, directed and edited by her brother, George Woolley. Additionally, Woolley has collaborated as an actor with Cramp My Style Media on numerous comedic industrials and cable/web video content. Woolley co-created several faux hipster music videos as part of the stage production of Hip with editor/director, Mariclare Lawson– these collaborations received glowing praise by the New York Times.
NYU/Tisch, Experimental Theater Wing: BFA Acting
RADA: Certificate in Shakespeare Performance Acting
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, and others.
Nora teaches physical-based acting and devised theater. NYU, Tisch School of the Arts, Lecturer in Acting (current faculty) New School University, Eugene Lang College, Lecturer in Acting (current faculty) Naropa University Graduate MFA, Guest Teaching Artist Yale School of Drama, Teaching Apprentice under Erica Fae.