NYC-based actor, director, writer and piano player, Galia wrote, directed and starred in the dramedy feature MIA (Sundance Screenwriters’ Labs semifinalist) - now on the festival circuit. Galia recently appeared on screen at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival VR section, and she is currently developing two comedy series.
Galia has always been drawn to the performing arts. She started playing the piano at the age of five, when living in Berlin, Germany. Several years later, she moved back to Israel, her home country. Her interest in the performing arts expanded and she performed nationally with local theatre, dance and gymnastics groups, representing her hometown in community events and competitions. In high school, Galia attended an Arts & Science class and double majored in Classical Piano Performance & Science. After she was discharged from the Israeli Defense Forces (mandatory), she discovered a newfound passion for film, particularly for European cinema.
This brought her back to Europe - to Paris and to Paris-Diderot University, where she earned her Bachelor's degree in Film & the Performing Arts. In her final year of studies, she received a scholarship to participate in the Franco-American student exchange program, MICEFA (Mission Interuniversitaire de Coordination Échanges Franco-Américains), which brought her to New York City.
In New York, she focused her studies on Filmmaking, Screenwriting and Acting, and graduated with distinction. She completed her first film Mr. O while working on camera for NYC-based independent films. She later enrolled into a full acting conservatory program at HB Studio in NYC. She studied with Austin Pendleton, Laura Esterman, Bob Krakower, Helen Gallagher, Mark Blum, Rochelle Oliver, Carol Rosenfeld, Victor Slezak, Michael Beckett and others.
Galia founded Ring the Bells Productions, where she developed and produced several experimental shorts, with the intention to explore the relationship between structure and narrative in film. Through discoveries made in these works, Galia crystallized her approach to filmmaking and acting - viewing aesthetics as an inseparable part of the story.