West Coast Premiere of Heather Raffo’s Noura Finds Its Cast
I will be playing the part of Maryam in west coast premiere of Noura written by Heather Raffo. Noura, will be playing 20 Sep- 20 October at the Old Globe and is directed by Johanna McKeon. To read the full Playbill article, click below.
At the Old Globe, ‘Noura’ explores complex lives of Iraqi immigrants in America
Read the full interview with playwright Heather Raffo and director Johanna Mckeon in the San Diego Union-tribune, about the upcoming production of Noura, at The Old Globe!
Old Globe Season Includes Almost Famous Musical, Jitney, Noura, Plus New Michael John LaChiusa Musical
Excited to be a playing Maryam in Old Globe’s production of Noura, sharing the 2019-2020 season with such heavy hitters!
Huffington Post did a wonderful review on Anne Frank in the Gaza Strip where I had the pleasure of playing Mary/Majidah.
The Huffington Post covers news from all over the world and is the first online news outlet to win a Pulitzer Prize, the publication also has 39 million monthly mobile exclusive unique visitors. So of course we were stoked to be featured in it! Check out the full review below!
Backstage & Backstage.com
For the July 27th, 2017 issue of Backstage Magazine and online edition, I was featured in the #IGotCast section for my work on The Invaders among other projects!
Babe.net interviewed about my new short film The Invaders, what my work process was and plans for the future!
Babe.Net reaches more than 3 million readers a month, most of which are women, and is a great publication focused on women's issues and entertainment.
KGFC Festival Talks Podcast
Listen to lead actor Isra Elsalihie, Director Mateo Marquez and DP Mike Gialloreto talk about their various processes and the making of The Invaders. Click the button below to access the full interview!
Chazz Palminteri, Sachi Parker, Misha Osherovich and More Win 2017 Planet Connections Awards
For my role as Mary/Majidah in Anne Frank in the Gaza Strip, I won Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Musical or Comedy Play at Planet Connections Awards and was featured in the BroadwayWorld along with some of the other gala winners such as Academy Award nominee Chazz Palminteri.
Glamour is one of the biggest fashion and beauty media brands in the world, currently reaching an all-time high of one out of eight American women, with 9.7 million print readers, more than 11 million unique monthly users online, and over 14 million followers across social media platforms. In June 2017 I was featured in five Glamour.com videos as a part of their series Sex Talk. Some of which can be found on their homepage and some on Youtube!
24 Hour Plays:nationals - Broadwayworld
I , along with the rest of this years 24 Hours Plays: Nationals company was featured in Broadway world for our up coming challenge. Each summer, the 24 Hour Plays partners with the New School for Drama to bring together the best 25-and-under actors, directors, playwrights and producers for an intensive professional experience. Within exactly 24 Hours me and my fellow team mates had to write, cast, stage, produce six short plays to be performed at the end of the 24 Hours. In 2017, the competition for a spot in the 2017 was particularly fierce as they had an UNPRECEDENTED amount of applicants. I feel very grateful to have been a part of it, not only because of the bonds I've made but also beacuse it's an honor that's been given to some of the biggest names in showbuisness and some of my personal idols.
Casting Announced For Playwrights For A Cause Benefit
This year I will be understudying for Regina Taylor's play Any Other Name, directed by Shira-Lee Shalit. This years show will also include world premieres by Luc Migdalia Cruz, Gabrielle Fox, Catherine Filloux and Lucy Thurber.
Other performers include Tony nominee, Elizabeth A. Davis; Drama Desk Nominee and Obie Winner, Eddie Korbich; along with Broadway notables, Maria-Christina Oliveras and Donna Vivino. Read the full casting notice and announcement in Broadwayworld.com below!
Check out this spread and interview with The Invaders Creator Mateo Marquez in Mvslim.com
Mvslim.com is online Magazine that covers news, politics, culture and entertainment, especially related to the Muslim community. The article was viewed 2300 times and shared 1700 times. It was also marked as trending/hot on the site!
"At a screening on April 7, viewers were standing against the wall and sitting the aisles to see films like “The Invaders,” where theater actor Isra Elsalihie plays a young woman who is followed on her way home."
“I try to bring my personal experiences into my characters, and for her, I wanted to focus on a positive thing to go after, instead of simply reacting to fear,” Elsalihie explained. “It’s really exciting being here for the world premiere, and to see the audiences’ reaction to the film for the first time.”
The power of story was the theme at 15th Vail Film Festival, we were so honored to be covered in the Lakewood Sentinel along with such great films as Molly McGlynn's feature film starring Aya Cash (You're the worst, Easy, The Wolf of Wall Street). Read the full article & interview with me and Molly McGlynn among other below.
FANTASIA 2018: THERE’S SOMETHING ABOUT THE INVADERS…
Check out what director Mateo Marquez had to say about casting yours truly for the role!
“It was important to me to cast an actress who not only could instill the horror and fear felt by the victim, but also her humanity. Often in horror films, we forget about the gravity of death because of the genre’s nature. Isra brought a truthfulness to her character that allowed the audience a more intimate access to her.” – Mateo Marquez
"In light of the heated rhetoric of today’s politics, more stories like THE INVADERS are needed and should be required viewing by as many people as possible. It is through the lens of film and art that we get a view into parts of society we may not otherwise have exposure to." - Patrick Kruse of Morbidly Beautiful
Check out the full review below!
Devin March at Nightmarish Conjuring did this wonderful piece on The Invaders! Check out the full piece below!
Eye for Film Review
Another great review!
“Elsalihie is good in the central role, conveying not just terror but the sense of despair that comes from knowing there's nowhere to run, something that clearly applies more broadly and not just to her immediate situation.” - Jennie Kermode
Check out Pop Horrors write up about Small Gauge Trauma Horror Shorts, including The Invaders!
Noor Theatre 48 Hour Forum
I was honored to be a part of this years 48 Hour Forum at Noor Theatre. Noor Theatre is an Obie-winning company dedicated to supporting, developing and producing the work of theatre artists of Middle Eastern descent. I performed in Aeneas Sagar Hemphill new work Red Balloon directed by the amazing Jessica Blank.
Check out the full project on Noor theatres page below!
FILM REVIEW: SMALL GAUGE TRAUMA (FANTASIA 2018)
Check out the full review below!
Colorado springs independEnt
The Invaders was the only short film featured in Colorado Springs Indepedent coverage of the film festival alongside Jennifer Morrisson (Once Upon a Time) debut feature film Sun Dogs. Read the full article below.
Following the release of The Invaders on the Horror Platform Alter, we received a glowing review from Dread Central!
“Yet again, Gunpowder & Sky’s horror brand ALTER is here to bring audiences something timely, relevant, and powerful. In exactly one week, they’ll be releasing writer/director Mateo Márquez’ short film The Invaders, the award-nominated Best International Short from last year’s Fantasia Film Festival. The film tackles the alarming Islamophobia that is growing amongst many countries.”
The Culture News
Check out my interview in The Culture News, Culture news is based in France and I was interviewed by creator and French opera star and actor David Serero.
The National Student
“The Invaders” tackles Islamophobia, and is what the world needs right now” - The National Student.
The National Student wrote a rave review of The Invaders where I starred as muslim american teenager Jayla.
The National Student is a national online magazine for higher education students in the United Kingdom. Since 2002 The National Student has been a platform for the best student journalism, giving students across the UK what they really want to read.
We got a sweet little review of Anne Frank in the Gaza Strip by Natasha Dawsen for DramaQueen Reviews, check it out below!
Horror Short Film THE INVADERS Starring Isra Elsalihie to World Premiere at Vail Film Festival
Seed & Spark
Seed&Spark is a film-centric crowdfunding and Video on demand platform launched in 2012. We were featured on Seed & Sparks website as “Hot Crowdfunding Campaigns to Support”, for The Invaders. We reached full funding and gained hundreds of followers granting us some great perks from Seed & Spark. The campaign has finished but remains on the the site, you can check it out below.