Julia M. Smith is a collaborative theater artist and educator who graduated from Towson University’s MFA Theatre program and also holds a BFA from New York University’s Experimental Theatre Wing. Julia served as Senior Artistic Associate for Theatre Action Project where she taught and performed interactive and educational theater for over five years. With Theatre Action Project she successfully designed, and directed four community-based parades and pageants involving over 150 kids and families and over 20 schools. She remains a company member of The Austin Project and Refraction Arts Project where her puppetry design work and performances have been seen in Celebrity Crush, Complicitly Yours, American Arcana, Orange, The Philomel Project and The Assumption (nominated for 13 Austin Critics Table and 7 B. Iden Payne Awards). Her design and performance work has been seen in Chicago with Redmoon Theater, in New York at Galapogos Performance Space, The Player’s Loft, Skirball Center for Performing Arts, and PS 122, in Baltimore at the LOF/t performing as puppeteer in FupDuck and with Nana Projects to design and create a lantern float with the students from Hampstead Hill Academy for The Great Halloween Parade as well as other touring productions, and in Austin at The Blue Theater, The Off Center, Hyde Park Theater, The University of Texas, Mexican-American Cultural Center, The Long Center, and in various, site-specific locations across Austin. At Towson University Julia experimented with new forms of two-dimensional puppetry in her own original work, 21 Things I Never told Chicago and has studied under guest artists Eric Bass, Dan Hurlin and Lee Bruer. Julia has taught different puppet and parade workshops to kids and communities in Austin, Chicago, New York and Baltimore and her performance work in The Natasha Plays has been on tour in eastern Europe and the United States for the past year. Julia can be seen in Terrence Malick’s Tree of Life and recently Julia performed in Great Small Work’s Toy Theater Festival at St. Ann’s Workshop as well as in the world premiere of Basil Twist’s Rite of Spring at UNC Chapel Hill. Her puppetry can be seen nightly on the shows Noodle and Doodle and The Good Night Show for the Sprout Network.
Please contact Julia via email at firstname.lastname@example.org