Yara Bou Nassar is a Lebanese actress and theater maker.
As theater maker, She is interested in inspecting her identity with respect to the collective memory and the paradoxical binaries of her society.
She approaches themes which are often focused on the deconstruction of social stereotypes and daily behavior in the urban context as well as in the private and intimate space. She is particularly interested in manifestations of discomfort in the body in different forms.
Most of her projects stem from an autobiographical starting point before branching out to a more inclusive treatment. Her work is often based on documentary material and blurring the lines between fiction and reality. During performances, she uses a constructed persona that is inspired by her own reality but also distant from it, in order to tell stories on stage. She is constantly interested in experimenting with different aesthetics, exploring new ways of approaching her creative work, and challenging her comfort zones.
She recently created an interactive solo performance titled “Sometimes I like to stand up right” based on letters written by members of the LGBTQ community (commissioned by Dima Matta for the exhibition Love Letters To Meem)
In 2017 she collaborated with performer/choreographer Annalena Froehlich and musician Paed Conca to create a new performance titled “Everything Is Just Fine نفس عميق” which explores the limits of anxiety in a crisis, how the human body receives violence and translates anxiety in daily behavior and questions the thin lines between the fiction and the truth.
In 2016 she created “The Wedding”, which tackles the social violence inflicted on us by imposed gender roles and ridicules the current power structures of our societies. (commissioned by Nabil Canaan for the opening of VIVA DADA exhibition at Station Beirut)
In 2015 Yara collaborated with Ruth Schwegler and Paed Conca to create a short documentary theater performance "Dream Team" which debuted in "Das Sechste Kleine Festival Der Anderen Art" in Bern and which tells the stories of women who live a life different to what they have envisioned as a result of the war.
In 2014, Yara created a solo performance “Collecting Home”, a collaboration with Swiss musician and composer Paed Conca, which premiered in Bern then Beirut. The autobiographical performance confesses through an imagined reality her own reflections on her relationship with her city Beirut.
In 2013, she collaborated with Elie Youssef for “I Have a Goldfish”. The play tackles the issue of one’s homeland, identity, and belonging via the scope of the human memory.
In 2011, She co-directed and acted with Youssef "Adam in an Unfruitful Paradise”, text by Raymond Jbara.
She graduated from the Lebanese University of Arts and attended workshops in varied techniques, from improvisation and character work to mime and dance in New York (Strasberg Institute) , Barcelona (Esquella de Mimo), and Beirut with directors such as Nathalie Garraud(FR), Federico Leon(ARG), and Kassem Bayatli(IQ) among others. As actress, she has worked with various directors such as Julien Bouffier, Shakib Khoury, Fouad Naim, Sahar Assaf, Wissam Arbache...
Yara has acted in various films, among them “Listen” by Phillipe Aractingi, “Faces in the Sun” by Farah Shaer, “Al Dar” by Wassim Tannious, “Wahl” by Emile Abu Diwane”.
She also starred in “Jad and Assil” by Bane Fakih which earned her a nomination for best actress in leading role at the New York International Film Festival.
She has been a Clown Doctor since 2010 with the “Smile Foundation” working across various hospitals in Beirut.