Noelle Ghoussaini

Noelle Ghoussaini

MA Arts Politics Class of 2010

BA Performance Studies / French (minor African Studies), Northwestern University

Noelle Ghoussaini is a director, playwright and community artist who has worked throughout the US, France, Russia and the Middle East. Noelle is a 2015-2016 directing fellow at New York Theatre Workshop and is the associate producer for Noor theatre’s HIGHLIGHT series. She is currently developing a site-specific performance about dreams as well as an international tour of a play at a skateboard park. In 2013, she was a Laundromat Project create change fellow and a participant in the director’s lab of Lincoln Center and the Bolshoi Drama Theatre. She has also led workshops on community-based arts at UNESCO in Paris and the Queens Museum in New York City.

What drew you to the MA Arts Politics program?

It was the only program I applied to. I wanted to find a way to work in an interdisciplinary manner to bring together my passion for live performance arts and activism. This was the only program I found that did this at a Masters level.

How did your experience in the program shape your work?

It has and continues to shape my work and my politics. I met collaborators in the program I still continue to work with. It allowed me access to cultural institutions in NYC that I remain connected to and inspired by. And more than anything, through both theory and practice - this program provided me with the vision to understand how I could make a career as an arts activist, bringing together the diverse array of my professional, artistic and personal interests and work.

What are you doing now? 

I am currently working as a theatre artist and educator in NYC and internationally.