Saria is a theater, literary and music artist, committed to freedom of expression as a means to develop action, connection, and intimacy. Her solo theater show HOMELESS IN HOMELAND incorporates poetry with 17 character monologues and 7 forms of dance. The show has been performed at theater venues, festivals and colleges on both east and west coasts and has received praise for both its interdisciplinary nature and capacity to compassionately tackle the complicated topics of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and of urban Jewish American identity. It will be presented next on November 17th and 18th at La Pena in Berkeley. Saria has worked with theater and dance companies in New York and Los Angeles including La Mama ETC, WE GOT ISSUES, Great Leap, Contra-Tiempo and the Moving Torah Company. Her poetry has been featured in print and on audio compilations. Her album of original poetry and music compositions about Jewish identity and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict was released in July of 2012.
Saria has been an arts educator for thirteen years, teaching dance, theater poetry and music in diverse environments including elementary schools, youth detention centers and colleges. Her Poetry to Performance workshops were facilitated for 3 years at Art Share Los Angeles. She has also done short Poetry to Performance Intensives as an artist in residence at UCLA, San Francisco’s public arts high school (SOTA) and at Dance Mission Theater in San Francisco. She is continually inspired by the fly poet/performers she has the privilege of guiding through the journey of writing and performative articulation. www.sariaidana.com