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Julie McIsaac

Jury Member, 2020

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Of French, Scottish-Irish and Scandinavian descent, Julie was raised in Ontario on the traditional territories of the Wendat, Anishinabek, and Haudenosaunee Confederacy. A versatile director, dramaturg, and creator of opera and theatre, she is a graduate of the University of York, UK (MA Theatre), Carleton University (Music) and the Canadian College of Performing Arts. She is the inaugural Director/Dramaturg-in-Residence at the Canadian Opera Company, where she will stage the world premiere of Fantasma (Cusson/Murphy) next season and recently assisted Joel Ivany on his new production of Hansel and Gretel. Her directing highlights include the world premiere of Beauty’s Beast (East Van Opera), Le nozze di Figaro (Opera Studio), The Exquisite Hour (Relephant Theatre – Playhouse Fringe award), Pride and Prejudice (Chemainus Theatre Festival) and the multiple award-winning Poly Queer Love Ballad by Sara Vickruck and Anais West. She is also Associate Director of Corey Payette’s Children of God (Urban Ink) and completed a residency in opera stage direction at Pacific Opera Victoria 2016-18, where she was mentored by Atom Egoyan, Maria Lamont and Peter Hinton, assisting on productions of Jenůfa, La Bohème, and the new Canadian chamber opera Missing (Current/Clements). As a creator: co-bookwriter & co-lyricist of Les Filles du Roi (Fugue/Raven/Urban Ink/Cultch, 2018 BroadwayWorld Vancouver award for Best New Work); playwright and Jessie-award winning composer/arranger, musical director and co-sound designer of The Out Vigil (2016).




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