Naomi Newman has been a Vipassana practitioner for 32 years. She is a co-founder of A Traveling Jewish Theatre, where for the last 30 years she has worked as playwright, director and actress. Before that she sang on the concert-stage, acted in television and had a psychotherapy practice. In the late seventies and early eighties she was on the senior staff at The Center for the Healing Arts in Los Angeles, a pioneer in exploring the psychological and spiritual aspects of healing. The East Bay Express named Naomi the Best Actress of 2007. The San Francisco Performing Arts Library and Museum will be publishing a book documenting her life and work in the theatre for its Legacy History Program. She is a single mother, and has two daughters and two granddaughters. She lives in Mill Valley with her partner of many years, Barbara Borden.