GUSEV with Breaking String Theater Austin, TX
Julia is in the midst of creating overhead shadow puppetry projections for Breaking String’s adaptation of GUSEV August 2015. Nominated form Austin Critics Award and B. Iden Payne Award for Best Projections.
DRACULA at the O’Neill Puppetry Conference
Julia recently attended the Eugene O’Neill puppetry conference for the third time and presented her own original adaptation of DRACULA for her participation project. The project experimented with a mixture of table top puppetry, live actors and overhead projector shadow puppetry. She is looking forward to expanding upon this project more in the future.
AUSTIN PUPPET INCIDENT
Julia got the chance to perform her original piece COME AND GET ME at the 2015 Austin Puppet Incident. This piece was written, designed and performed by Julia M. Smith.
Julia is busy working on shadow puppets for Towson University’s production of Sweeney Todd; The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Julia is working with director Stephen Nunns to incorporate shadow puppetry into a variety of moments and songs during this Mainstage production that opens April 23rd, 2015.
Here is a rough cut preview of the City on Fire sequence
Upon returning to Austin in early 2015, Julia quickly was involved in the Austin theatrical landscape joining the production team of Glass Half Full’s Simple Sundries, as Shadow Puppet Designer and Prop Designer.
A few stills of the shadow puppetry and props
it’s very difficult to keep
it’s very difficult to keep is a performance installation created by Julia M. Smith and Eric F. Avery inspired in part by notable hoarding families such as the Collier brothers of Harlem and the Beale’s of Grey Gardens. The space will primarily be constructed from inexpensive ubiquitous materials such as string, tin cans, and newspaper: a frequently hoarded object, which we will use to build elements of our space such as walls, chairs, beds, clothes, food, exercise equipment, etc. Our performance installation will encompass an entire space. Viewers will engage in an immersive experience exploring the crumbled ruins of a dilapidated home. The space can be viewed as a static installation, but will also be activated by us the performers, on its own, and by viewers as well. Alarms will sound, telephones will rings, hand written notes will unfold, objects will transform to reveal secrets, and performances by “the siblings,” will occur. In August 2014 it’s very difficult to keep will make it’s world première at Five Myles, a gallery in Brooklyn, NY.
21 Things I Never Told Chicago
21 Things I Never Told Chicago is a puppetry installation of live performance that creates an intimate one on one audience experience. Inspired by historical photographs of Chicago, this original performance invites you to wander through the city’s myths and memories, peeping and peering into worlds on a scale from the Sear’s Tower to a stick of Wrigley’s gum. 21 Things I Never Told Chicago is an MFA Theatre final project conceived and created by Julia M. Smith.
21 Things I Never Told Chicago will be performed at Towson University in the Dreyer MFA Theatre Lab on Feb. 17-26th 2011 at a variety of times.
Below are previews of sections from a work-in-progress showing in December 2010.
PENNY ARCADE SECTION
THE LOST AND GONE GALLERY, DANIEL BURNHAM
AND THE WORLD’S FAIR,
THE LAKE SECTION, ONE ON ONE PERFORMANCES
AND THE MAGIC BOX/THE END