Long Ago and Far Away

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NYC-based Israeli actor, director and writer, Galia has a multidisciplinary soul and an international background. 

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 was performing nationally with local theatre, dance & 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 led 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. Enchanted by these experiences, she decided to go deeper into acting, and enrolled into a full acting conservatory program at HB Studio in NYC. At HB, she had the privilege to study with inspiring artists and teacher such as Austin Pendleton, Helen Gallagher, Mark Blum, Rochelle Oliver, Carol Rosenfeld, Victor Slezak and Michael Beckett.

Shortly after graduation, Galia founded Ring the Bells Productions - an avenue for her to marry her passion for performance with her love for language and filmmaking. She recently wrote, directed and played the lead role in a narrative feature film titled M I A (aka Then What Happens). It will be premiered in 2017.