Julia Locascio is a stage director native to Chicago, trained in New York, now based in London.
She makes new musicals, anarchic feminist revisions of classic and classical texts, movement-forward devised adaptations, and Waking Theatre.
Waking Theatre enlists 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 a patriarchal understanding of humanity 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.
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 SLEEP NO MORE.
She has resident 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. She was Assistant Director in residence at the RSC for their summer 2017 ROME SEASON.
BFA NYU Tisch School of the Arts via the Playwrights Horizons Theater School; MFA Theatre Directing at Birkbeck, University of London with residencies at Drama Centre London, Nottingham Playhouse, Lyric Hammersmith, and Royal & Derngate.
Julia is a recipient of the Tier 1 Exceptional Promise Visa from Arts Council England.
Photography and collaborator credits HERE.