Julia Locascio is a stage director native to Chicago, trained in New York, now based in London.
She is a graduate of the MFA Theatre Directing programme at Birkbeck, University of London and holds a BFA from NYU Tisch School of the Arts via the Playwrights Horizons Theater School, where she trained with New York experimental theatre artists and began developing Waking Theatre.
Waking Theatre employs scent, flavor, physical sensation, immersive visuals, and intricate sonic landscapes to bring an expanded and specified living awareness to its participants; to capture and detonate life's sensations so as to make them active, captivating, and often—though not always—in service of a story.
Waking Theatre is the collision of storytelling and installation. It is a challenge to patriarchal ways of telling stories through experiments in narrative, theatrical, and visual form.
Julia directed an immersive feminist CYMBELINE in a labyrinthine warehouse in Chicago's Chinatown. In 2015 she directed Fratellanza's CHARLIE BLOWS A BULB, an anarchic acrobatic street clown show. In 2012 she adapted Aimee Bender's bestselling novel THE PARTICULAR SADNESS OF LEMON CAKE into a devised work of Waking Theatre paired to a 5-course meal in New York and Chicago.
She is currently developing a play about American modern artists O'KEEFFE AND STIEGLITZ with support from Nottingham Playhouse and a bloody remix of Jean Cocteau and Angela Carter's takes on BEAUTY AND THE BEAST.
As a designer, Julia was the Assistant to the Associate Costume Designer on the first U.S. tour of WAR HORSE and was on the installation team for Punchdrunk's massive SLEEP NO MORE.
She has assistant and staff directed large-scale plays, operas, and musicals in New York, Chicago, regionally in the UK, and in London's West End, and trained with Redmoon, The TEAM, Witness Relocation, Theater Mitu, and extensively in Viewpoints, Suzuki, and Composition with the SITI Company and Anne Bogart.
Photography and collaborator credits HERE.