Julia Croft is a live artist and theatre maker who creates contemporary performance that formally sits between theatre, dance and performance art. Her work explores feminist themes of representational politics, violence and the body. She has a Bachelor of Performing Arts (Acting) from Toi Whakaari; NZ Drama School as well as a BA in English. She has undertaken additional training at Philippe Gaulier in Paris and SITI Company in New York City.
In the past Julia has performed with the likes of Red Leap, Indian Ink, and Auckland Theatre Company. She has created two award winning solo works, "If there's not dancing at the revolution, I'm not coming," and "Power Ballad." which have toured NZ as well as to Australia, the UK and recently, Singapore. “Power Ballad” was notably shortlisted for a Total theatre Award at the 2017 Edinburgh fringe and will return to tour the UK in June 2018.
Other works include "The Plastic Orgasm," the dance/multi-media work "This was supposed to be the future," created and presented in Guadalajara, Mexico and “Body Double,” which won Production of the Year at the 2017 Wellington Theatre Awards and was presented as part of the 2018 Auckland Arts Festival co produced by Silo Theatre.
Julia is part of a 3 year arts residency curated by The Basement (NZ), Forest Fringe (UK) & West Kowloon Cultural District (HK) and has also recently returned from an artists residency in rural Victoria curated by Arts House (Melbourne). She is a regular tutor with the Actors Program and has also tutored with Auckland Theatre Company and AYA (Aspiring Young Actors).