Nora Armani

born in Cairo and living in Paris
who appeared on Egyptian stages
on many others,

to perform at
Columbia University
& City University New York

Nora Armani with co-star, Egyptian Film &TV veteran, Gamil Ratib
in a scene from 'Al Asdiquaa' (Friends) TV series - VIDEO
  • Paris: Award-winning actress Nora Armani is invited as a panellist at the Association for the Study of Nationalities (ASN) 8th Annual Convention at Columbia University’s Herriman Institute in New York, 3-5 April 2003. The convention will assemble a wide array of international scholars who will be addressing diverse issues on Nationalities and the New Europe. The panel, Myth and Identity in Armenia, on which Nora Armani will address the question: Is Soviet Armenian Cinema ‘Armenian’? is Chaired by Prof. Marat Akopian of Rutgers University while the discussant is Prof. Khachig Tololyan of Wesleyan Univsersity. Fellow panellists are Dr. Robert Owen Krikorian, Dr. Razmik Panossian and Dr. Guarav Raina-Thapan who will each address different aspects of Armenian National Identity. For information contact: gr2008@columbia.edu.

  • Armani’s a long-standing international stage and film careers have run parallel to her academic training as a Sociologist with an M.Sc. degree from the London School of Economics where she is currently working towards a Ph.D. on National Identity and Soviet Armenian Cinema 1965-1975.

  • Immediately following the independence of Armenia in 1991, Armani was appointed International Representative of the Ministry of Culture of Armenia in the film division and continues to organise Armenian Film Festivals worldwide. She has performed in many countries in different languages and is the recipient of several awards for performance and creation, including Best Actress at the Siunik Film Festival in Armenia. Her recent self-penned one-woman play On the Couch with Nora Armani garnered high critical and audience acclaim in London at the New End Theatre and on its North American tour in 2002. In it, Armani successfully combines serious issues of identity and belonging in the Diaspora with her art as a talented entertainer and actress.
_____“This is an insightful and sensitive portrait of an Egyptian-Armenian-Hollywood-Parisian world-eye-view of life with a diasporic identity. Issues of belonging and not belonging, of being and of discovering are brought to life through laughter and tears. Social scientists should consider this to be part of their course - a delightful part”. Eileen Barker, FBA, OBE, Professor of Sociology, LSE (London)
  • Nora Armani will present the play at the Segal Theater of the City University of New York, organised by the Middle East and Middle Eastern American Centre of the Graduate School. On Being Middle Eastern: One Woman Show will take place on Monday the 14th of April at 6.30pm. It is co-sponsored by the Armenian Radio Hour of NJ. Booking advised: MEMEAC@gc.cuny.edu or call 212-817-7570.

- written and performed with tremendous energy... great actress… amazingly natural... has great presence. (On Line Review London)

- …fluid and engaging…Frequently humorous and always humane …a self-penned script that delivers on a number of levels. (The Stage)

An insightful piece of theatre. The lyrical language… reflects her linguistic talents. Armani manages to fill the stage and gives an enlightening performance. (Camden New Journal)