is an actress, movement artist, vocalist and teacher whose work includes anthropological performance research and she has traveled the globe extensively in search of different cultural perspectives on the body, voice and the ritual of performance. Julianna has over 30 years experience in dance, movement and vocal practices and her professional output ranges from Classical Theatre, interdisciplinary and devised works, to concerts and vocal pieces.
Julianna worked with award winning and critically acclaimed Polish theatre company Song of the Goat Theatre from 2009-2018. She was an integral part of the development, devising, premiers and world tours of seven productions; Songs of Lear; Portraits of the Cherry Orchard; Return to the Voice; Umiłowanie: Dead Walk Love; Crazy God; Island and Hamlet: A Commentary. Her research and performance with Song of the Goat was focused around integrating movement, polyphonic singing and text through dynamic interpretations of classical plays. She has performed extensively throughout Europe, Asia, South America and North America. In Poland she was also a founding member of the pedagogical and performance research company Odra Ensemble and developed the piece Eurydice: We Will Leave Only Bone, based in part on her research into Somali Buraanbur traditions as well as Bulgarian rituals and vocal traditions, and Thai Traditional dance.
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Julianna is a resident artist with Theater MITU, Julianna has performed with Theater Mitu, A Dream Play; Death of A Salesman and was involved in the initial research and development of JUARÉZ: A Documentary Mythology, and has researched traditional forms of performance in Thailand and India with the company as a part of their international Artist Intensive programs.
One important aspect of Julianna’s professional life is in community based projects and artistic outreach, using art as a vehicle for healing and change. Julianna is the co-founder of The Dadaab Theater Project, a youth based theater project in Dadaab, Kenya, the world’s largest refugee camp and is a founding member and co-artistic director of The Great Globe Foundation, a non-profit organization utilizing the power of creativity to inspire and empower the individual voice and to help build bridges between people and communities.
Julianna holds an MA from Manchester Metropolitan University (magda cum laude) in conjunction with Song of the Goat Theatre of Poland; a BFA in Dramatic Performance from the College Conservatory of Music, Department of Acting, University of Cincinnati; and is a graduate of the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts, California. Julianna regularly teaches workshops and masterclasses throughout the world and is a resident of Poland.