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About the Artist

Performance Artist

Theatre Maker


Creative Trainer

I am a performance artist from Palestine, weaving together a range of artistic practices – acting, singing, dancing, and video – to explore new mediums of live performance and multidisciplinary arts. Through themes like gender, politics, resistance, societal dynamics and collective imagination, I explore narratives often overlooked. Challenging prevailing perceptions and embracing risk-taking to provoke meaningful dialogue and change within audiences.


In 2017, I co-directed 'The Alternativity' in Bethlehem alongside Danny Boyle and Banksy, a highly political yet playful show spotlighted in a BBC2 documentary. At the 2014 Qalandia International Biennale, my performance 'Stone on Road' symbolically encapsulated the ongoing Palestinian struggle on the streets of Ramallah. I hold a Performance MA from Goldsmiths and occasionally lecture at universities in Palestine.


Recently, my solo performance "Another Lover's Discourse " commissioned by Belfast International Arts Festival, captivated UK audiences and earned a nomination as the VAULT Festival 2023 show of the week. I have collaborated with institutions like the A.M. Qattan Foundation in Ramallah and the British Council in East Jerusalem, fostering artistic expression and social engagement within the community.


Currently in my practice, I am driven by the question of how we perform land In times of crisis, and how to address concepts of land, resistance, environmental and cultural activism. I'm exploring the intersection of performance and land liberation, delving into how performance practices can deepen our understanding of land injustices.

I've led theatre training programs, community projects, and made lasting contributions to Palestine's cultural enrichment. Creating, collaborating, and engaging communities through performance is my ongoing mission to challenge boundaries and inspire others, contributing to the vibrant artistic landscape in Palestine and beyond.


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Isaac theatrical work is entertaining, humorous and takes audiences on a journey. Her work raises awareness, encourages debate, and tackles issues of social injustice.

Aser Elsaqqa,

Artistic Director

AWAN Festival

Riham is a talented artist. She deserves all the credit for the work we did together: without her Banksy's Alternativity wouldn't have happened

Danny Boyle

Co- Director

The Alternativity

Ms. Isaac’s multi-media performance is among the most creative & innovative projects I have encountered in my research of  Palestinian artists.

Elisabeth Friedman,

Professor, Phd

ILLinois State University

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