Bay Area actor Nora el Samahy began her professional acting career in 1998 as a fairy in San Francisco Shakespeare Festival’s production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” She is a proud company member of Campo Santo and Golden Thread Productions; and was most recently seen in kitchens all over the Bay Area in Golden Thread’s “Oh My Sweet Land.” El Samahy has worked with Alter Theater, Aurora Theatre, Crowded Fire, Magic Theatre, foolsFURY, Traveling Jewish Theatre, Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Exit Theater, Theatre Rhinoceros, Woman’s Will, Shotgun Players, The San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, and African American Shakespeare Company, among others. In 2013 she founded a performance company called Affinity Project with Atosa Babaoff, Beatrice Basso and Emily Hoffman. El Samahy is Egyptian-American, grew up in Cairo, and received her BA in psychology from Wellesley College. She is a Pilates teacher and co-owner of Studio 74 Pilates in Emeryville.
Nora el Samahy will narrate the world premiere of Karim Al-Zand’s fully orchestrated version of Parizade and the Singing Tree, during the Free Family Concert, on Sunday, August 5.