FOUNDER / executive director
Naomi Ackerman, the founder and executive director of The Advot Project is an experienced actress, consultant, and facilitator creating curriculums that use drama techniques to deal with social, gender, and educational issues as well as exploring identity and promoting tolerance and dialogue between diverse participants. The Advot (ripples) Project uses theater for transformation and works with disadvantaged youth, many have been incarcerated and all come from difficult family situations. Through theater exercises, creative writing, music and dance the youth explore healthy relationships, improve communication skills, nurture personal growth, improve their self-esteem, and transform their lives for the better. Naomi is a social activist who produces events and gatherings that teach, engage, and call to action communities and individuals to take a stand, and find their voice to fight injustice. Naomi served two years in the Israeli Defense Forces and received a BA in Education and Theatre from Hebrew University as well as a Special-Ed Teaching Credential from the David Yellin Teachers Seminar. She has participated in various multinational theater productions. Founding member of “View Points” an Arab Jewish dialogue theater produced by the “Shimon Peres Center for Peace.” Naomi wrote, directed, and performs the acclaimed one-woman show “Flowers Aren’t Enough” which deals with the issue of domestic violence and has been featured over 1900 times globally, translated to four different languages. Including the United Nations for the Commission for the Status of woman (CSW). Naomi is a recipient of the KCET – Link Local Hero 2014 Award, the 2016 International Woman Achievers Community leadership award, and the 2018 Covenant Award.