Julia Locascio is a theatre and opera director from Chicago, trained in New York, now based in London. She makes new musical theatre, anarchic intersectional feminist revisions of classics, and sensory and movement-led adaptations.
Directing includes: site-specific productions Cymbeline and Lemon Cake (adapted alongside a 5-course meal from Aimee Bender’s The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake); Jim Manganello's Charlie Blows a Bulb (an acrobatic political bouffon street show on Edinburgh's Royal Mile); Will Eno’s Oh, the Humanity and other good intentions; Polly Pen’s The Flitch; Sarah Ruhl’s Eurydice; Dead or Alive Poetry Slam and Brad Birch’s Metamorphoses (Royal Shakespeare Company).
Julia has overseen large-scale productions across the US and UK as associate director, including The American Clock (The Old Vic), The Kite Runner (West End), Salomé and Dido, Queen of Carthage (Royal Shakespeare Company). She was the assistant costume designer on the first US national tour of War Horse and joined the installation team for Punchdrunk's Sleep No More in New York. In 2018 she designed and performed the live soundscape for Trinity Rep's Ragtime.
BFA NYU Tisch School of the Arts; MFA Birkbeck, University of London. Residencies at Drama Centre London, Nottingham Playhouse, Royal & Derngate and the Lyric Hammersmith. Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation (SDCF) Charles Abbott Musical Theatre Fellow.
Julia received the Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa from Arts Council England.