Salwa Nakkara is a unique and groundbreaking actress who has had to fight for her place as a woman and as a professional, both in Arab and Jewish society in Palestine and Israel, and has succeeded in breaking all borders. For many years, she has worked in the artistic and social fields, succeeding in her artistic and theatrical language to create memorable stage moments, to work in different cultural worlds and in two languages while at the same time maintaining her personal and artistic identity, developing and nurturing the body, voice and soul.
Born and based in Haifa, Salwa graduated from the Beit- Zvi School of the Performing Arts in 1980 and since then has performed in various theatre, film and TV productions, in Israel, Palestine and internationally. In 2013 Salwa was awarded the Landau Prize for Arts and Science in the Theatre field, one of Israel’s most prestigious prizes.
Salwa also acts as a dramaturg and is a lecturer at the theatre department of Haifa University.
Salwa had leading roles in many theatre productions, amongst them are:
The Palestinian, The Jerusalem Syndrome written by Joshua Sobol, Sea Breeze directed by Ofira Henig (Haifa Municipal Theater); The House of Bernarda Alba directed by Mounir Bakri, Accidental Death of An Anarchist directed by Dana Godroon, Mountain Road directed by Orna Akkad, The Pain of Love directed by Sameh Hijazi, Autumn Tail directed by Amir Nizar Zuabi (Al Midan Theater); Black Rain directed by Ofira Henig, Iphigenia in Aulis directed by Yossi Izraeli (Herzliya Ensemble); The Gulf Between Us, written and directed by Trevor Griffiths, the Play House, Leeds; Joseph and his Brothers directed by Amir Nizar Zuabi, Young Vic, London; The Trojan Women, directyed by Yukio Ninagawa, a co-production of the Cameri Theatre of Tel Aviv and the Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre; Yes, Stand Out Of My Sun, Three Dog Night, Kind Of, international projects directed by Ofira Henig, The smartest guy on facebook – Status Updates from Syria directed by Leila Semaan, Theater Werkstatt, hannover; Vogel, directed by Itay Tiran, Burg Theater, Vienna, and more.
In films and TV Salwa performed, amongst others, in A Very Narrow Bridge by Nissim Dayan; A Trumpet in the Wadi by Lena nad Slava Chaplin; Maktub by Avi Mussel; Junction 48, by Udi Aloni, Hatufim by Gideon Raff, Mon by Mira Awad and more.