Julia Locascio is a theatre and opera director from Chicago, trained in New York, now based in London. She makes new music theatre, anarchic feminist revisions of classic texts, movement-led 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 installation and drama.
Directing includes: site-specific productions Cymbeline and Lemon Cake (adapted from Aimee Bender’s Pushcart Prize-winning novel The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake); Jim Manganello's Charlie Blows a Bulb (an acrobatic political bouffon street show on Edinburgh's Royal Mile about an enraged Walmart employee); Will Eno’s Oh, the Humanity and other good intentions; Polly Pen’s The Flitch; and Sarah Ruhl’s Eurydice.
Julia has overseen large-scale productions across the US and UK as an associate, staff, and resident assistant director, including The Kite Runner (West End), Salomé and Dido, Queen of Carthage (Royal Shakespeare Company).
As a designer, Julia 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 Repertory Theatre's Ragtime.
Julia received the Tier 1 Exceptional Promise Visa from Arts Council England.