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Naomi Bailis


Naomi is an award winning theater teacher, director and actor. She offers the wealth of over 20 years of experience at the professional, collegiate and high school levels. As an actor, Naomi has appeared on Broadway, regional theaters across the U.S., film and commercials.

Naomi's track record of success is extensive. Her former students have appeared on Broadway (Mean Girls,  Moulin Rouge, Girl from the North Country, John and Jen, Memphis, Beautiful, An American in Paris, Legally Blonde), Off-Broadway (Heathers, Desperate Measures, Cinderella), regional theaters (Yale Rep, Geffen Playhouse and others) and film and television (Halston, Home Invasion, Halt and Catch Fire, Hart of Dixie, B Positive, Great News, Ground Floor, The Ring of Silence, Growing Up Fisher, The Way Way Back and others).


Committed to helping her students continue their acting training, Naomi's students and coaching clients have been accepted to the top conservatories in the US and overseas, including, Juilliard, University of Michigan, Carnegie Mellon, University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, USC, NYU, Elon, Penn State, Syracuse, Ithaca, Point Park, Boston Conservatory, Boston University, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, RADA and others.

Naomi has directed nearly 30 plays at the professional, collegiate and high school levels. A select group of titles include NOLA (A Concert Mask Play in Three Acts originally devised by Naomi), Top Girls by Caryl Churchill, Pronoun by Evan Placey, Eurydice by Sarah Ruhl, Stop Kiss by Diana Son, Italian American Reconciliation by John Patrick Shanley, Crimes of the Heart by Beth Henley and Rhinoceros by Eugene Ionesco, among many others.

Naomi has an MFA in Theater Performance from the University of Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, and is a graduate of Circle in the Square’s Two Year Professional Conservatory. She has trained in Mask technique with Bruce Marrs at the Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre. She is a member of SAG/AFTRA, AEA, MICHA (Michael Chekhov Association) and EdTA/ITS (Educational Theater Association/International Thespian Society).

Naomi is a recipient of the 2009 EE Ford Award for Excellence in Teaching, and is a 5 time nominee for the award.  She was an U/RTA (University/Residential Theater Association) National Finalist in 1987, 1988 and 1997.

Naomi is strongly committed to work that is inclusive, equitable and just. She is a trained SEED facilitator (National SEED Project/SEED: Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity).  Naomi’s work is deeply informed by her practice of meditation. She is a trained meditation instructor.

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