yara bou nassar


What illu­si­on you like to indul­ge in?

The illu­si­on of being in control.

What are you afraid of?

Loss of love. Loss of pur­po­se and pas­si­on … Death.

What is time?

A con­struct that has way too much power over our decisions.

If you would not work in a thea­ter, you’d be …?

A chef. I love color­ful food and new flavors.

What is your most un-use­ful talent?

The talent of obses­si­on. But I some­ti­mes use it as a dri­ving for­ce to create.


Yara Bou Nas­sar is a per­for­mer and thea­ter maker from Bei­rut inte­res­ted in inspec­ting  iden­ti­ty with respect to collec­ti­ve memo­ry. She focu­ses on the deco­n­struc­tion of social ste­reo­ty­pes and dai­ly beha­vi­or in the urban con­text as well as in the pri­va­te and inti­ma­te spaces. She is par­ti­cu­lar­ly inte­res­ted in tel­ling sto­ries through dis­sec­ting mani­fes­ta­ti­ons of dis­com­fort in the body in dif­fe­rent forms. She got selec­ted for a resi­den­cy at Work Space Brussels whe­re she began the crea­ti­on of her new pro­ject tit­led “Tomor­row is the Best Day of My Life” which is still in the crea­ti­on pha­se and will pre­mie­re in 2021. She also was recent­ly selec­ted for the French Insti­tu­te /Cité Inter­na­tio­na­le des Arts resi­den­cy pro­gram 2020 for the deve­lo­p­ment of ano­t­her new crea­ti­on “The Mis­sed Adven­ture of a Hypo­the­ti­cal French Woman” (working tit­le). Her most recent col­la­bo­ra­ti­on was direc­ting the play “This is Not a Memo­ri­zed Script, it is a Well rehe­ar­sed sto­ry”  writ­ten and per­for­med by Dima Mikha­el Mat­ta. Other per­for­man­ces and crea­ti­ons inclu­de: “Some­ti­mes I Like to Stand Up Right”, “Ever­ything Is Just Fine”, “The Wed­ding”, “Collec­ting Home” among others. Yara gra­dua­ted from the Leba­ne­se Uni­ver­si­ty of Arts and took part of dif­fe­rent  work­shops (Stras­berg Insti­tu­te , Compa­gnie Du Zieu, Esquel­la de Mimo, Feder­i­co Leon, Kas­sem Bayat­li, among others). She has acted with thea­ter direc­tors such as Juli­en Bouf­fier, Fouad Naim, Shakib Khou­ry, Sahar Assaf, Wis­sam Arba­che. And she has acted with film direc­tors such as Phil­ip­pe Aract­an­gi, Bane Fakih, and Farah Shaer. Sin­ce the sea­son 2020/21 Yara is an ensem­ble mem­ber at Neumarkt.

Foto ©Fla­vio Karrer