Bou Nassar is a Lebanese actress, stage director, and writer. She
graduated from the Lebanese university of fine arts. She later
attended many acting workshops in varied techniques, from
improvisation and character work to mime and dance with people like
Nathalie Garraud, Kassem Bayatli, Kazumi Fishigami, Claude Hani among
others. Among the longest workshops she attended are a “method”
workshop in "The Lee Strasberg Institute" in New York, and
a mime workshop based on Etienne Decroux’s techniques in Escuela de
Mimo in Barcelona. She finds interest in discovering different
schools and methods of work in order to form her own particular
has been active in the theater scene since 2005. As an actress, Yara
participates in a variety of projects that widely differ in genres
and proposals. However when working on her own performances she finds
it crucial to approach themes that organically originate from her
personal dilemmas and obsessions which often involve matters of
understanding her identity with respect to her history and
surrounding as well as exploring imagined realities through
individual and collective memories. Most importantly, she is
interested in exposing and deconstructing social stereotypes through
her work and constantly re evaluating her role as a woman and as an
artist in her community. She often uses documentary material as an
inspiration for her creations.
actress, she participated in plays and with directors such as "Azeer
Salem & dr. Faust" by Shakeeb Khoury, "Mechy Online"
by Khouloud Naser, "Hemmem Oumoume"(Public Bathroom)
by Aida Sabra, " Shesh Besh by Elie Youssef, Fouad
Yammine,Marilyse Aad, "Le Premier Jour" by Wissam Arbache,
“Rituals of Signs and Transformations” written by Saadallah
Wannous and directed by Sahar Assaf, etc...
2011 she co directed (along with Elie Youssef) and acted in "Adam
Fi Janna Bila Thamar"(Adam in an Unfruitful Paradise),a text by
Raymond Jbara. After acting together in various projects, this
collaboration was the start of the duo between the two artists.
2013, the duo did their second collaboration (co-writer,
co-directors, actors) in the play titled “I Have a Goldfish”
which tackles the issue of one’s homeland, identity, and belonging
via the scope of the human memory.
2014, Yara collaborated with Swiss musician and composer Paed Conca
and created a new performance under the title of “Collecting Home:
stories of cities with missing walls”. The performance is quite
autobiographical and confesses through an imagined reality Yara's own
reflections on her relationship with her city Beirut. The performance
premiered in Bern in October 2014, and was performed again in Beirut
in February 2015. Also in 2015 Yara collaborated with Ruth Schwegler and
Paed Conca to create a short performance titled "Dream Team".
The performance is a result of a series of interviews done by Yara
with women in Beirut from different environments all around the theme
of lost dreams. The performance's debute was on May 23rd at the "DAS SECHSTE KLEINE FESTIVAL DER ANDEREN ART" in Bern.
October 2016, she created a performance titled “The Wedding”
which was commissioned by Nabil Canaan for the opening of the Viva
DADA exposition which took place at Station Gallery ,Beirut. The work is
inspired by the women of the DADA movement and
highlights the parallelism between what inspired the Dada movement in
the early 20th century in Europe and the current
socio-political situation in Lebanon and the region. The performance
tackles the social violence inflicted on us by imposed gender roles
and ridicules the current power structures of our societies.
Yara is currently collaborating with Annalena Froehlich and Paed Conca
among other artists, to create a new performance titled ‘Hush...They
are Listening”. The theme of this new creation explores the limits
of anxiety in a crisis, how the human body receives violence and
translates anxiety in daily behavior.
Yara Recently starred in feature film “Listen” by
Phillipe Aractangi which will be out in Cinemas In October 2016.
she has also acted in short films such as “Fogs of Insanity” written and
directed by Wassim Tanios, "Jad and Assil" directed by Bane Fakih in
which she got nominated for best actress in leading role in New York
International Film Festival, " Mercredi" by Talal Khoury and "Beit
Byout" by Joseph Khallouf.
is also involved in psycho social work and teaching. She is a Clown
Doctor since 2010 with “Smile Foundation” NGO, working in
different hospitals in Beirut, while doing an ongoing training with
her mentor clown doctor Rodrigo Morganti from Theodora Foundation in
was a part time drama teacher from 2009 to 2013 in International
College, Beirut. She was also a theater instructor in a 6 months
workshop of arts for teenagers organized by “Entr-Act” and funded
by “Save The Children” within the activities of the Mediterranean
initiative project “Naseej.