Noa Baum is a professional storyteller, educator, and workshop facilitator, who was born and raised in Jerusalem. She focuses on her craft's power to heal across the divides of identity, to foster collaboration, and to build bridges of understanding and compassion. In her one-woman show A Land Twice Promised, Baum reenacts her heartfelt dialogue with a Palestinian woman, illuminating the complex and contradictory history and emotions surrounding Jerusalem for Israelis and Palestinians alike.
Baum trained in theater at Tel Aviv University and was an actress with the Khan Repertory Theater of Jerusalem. She studied with the acclaimed Uta Hagen in New York City and received an MA in theater-in-education from New York University. Since 1982, she has been telling stories and leading workshops for children and adults internationally. Baum works with a wide spectrum of populations, including Head Start programs, schools, universities, homeless shelters, congregations and churches, businesses, nonprofits, and government agencies. She has presented at the World Bank, the U.S. Department of Defense, the Kennedy Center, the Mayo Clinic for Humanities in Medicine, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the Fabula Festival in Sweden, Hebrew University in Jerusalem, George Washington University Law School, Brandeis University, and Stanford University. She was awarded a Parents' Choice Recommended Award and Individual Artist Award from the Maryland State Arts Council and the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County. Baum has lived in the United States since 1990 and is a member of the National Storytelling Network.