ABOUT

Averi Israel is an actress/writer/director from the eight cities that raised her. She moved to New York City to pursue a Film Studies degree from Columbia University, where she graduated the recipient of the Louis Sudler Prize in the Arts, "awarded annually to a senior who, in the opinion of the Faculty, has demonstrated excellence of the highest standards of proficiency in ...performing and creative arts." Shortly after, she moved to South Korea where she spent a season as the set designer for Seoul Shakespeare Company. Now back in NYC, she is cultivating a career at the intersection of art and activism, having trained as an actor at Circle in the Square, UCB, as well as with the Broadway Advocacy Coalition, and performed at The Tank, The New Ohio, and Columbia University. As a writer, her pieces for stage and film consist primarily of historical fiction works and those that incorporate elements of Afrofuturism, seeking to root our contemporary moment in both its foundational past and visionary future. She is a 2022 recipient of the New York Foundation of the Arts and Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment NYC Women's Fund for Media Music and Theatre.

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INTERESTS and HOBBIES:

- drawing stuff/photography/design

- sustainable development

- social entrepreneurship

- race and gender issues

- food (preparing, but mostly eating)

- liberation

- juggling (currently learning clubs)

THINGS I WISH I WERE BETTER AT

(but am not actively working on at the moment):

- surfing

- painting

- spelling

- my backhand

- knowing when to take baked goods out of the oven

- knowing how to tie a tie

ON MY BOOKSHELF:

- bell hooks

- Zora Neale Hurston

- André Gregory

- adrienne maree brown

- Tyehimba Jess

- Jonny Sun

- Malcolm Gladwell

- Octavia Butler

- Sarah Ruhl