Julia Croft is a New Zealand based 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 trained at as an actor at Toi Whakaari: New Zealand Drama School graduating in 2008 and has since undertaken further training at L'Ecole Philippe Gaulier in Paris in 2011 and with Anne Bogart’s SITI Company in New York City in 2014/2015. Julia also holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and Theatre.
Julia has worked with some of the top theatre companies in New Zealand as a performer and devisor and since 2015 has been creating her own performances full time. Her works have had enormous success in New Zealand and have toured throughout the country as well as to Australia, the UK, and most recently Singapore and Canada.
She has created 3 solo works, "If there's not dancing at the revolution, I'm not coming," "Power Ballad" and "Working On My Night Moves" These works have toured extensively throughout NZ as well as Australia, the UK, Singapore and Canada. “Power Ballad” was notably shortlisted for a Total Theatre Award at the 2017 Edinburgh fringe and will undergo further UK touring in mid 2019. Her newest solo “Working On My Night Moves” recently premiered at Auckland’s Basement Theatre and will next be presented as part of the Summerhall program at the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe. Other works include "The Plastic Orgasm," "This was supposed to be the future," created and presented in Guadalajara, Mexico and “Body Double,” which was the 2017 STAB commission for BATS Theatre and was presented as part of the Auckland Arts Festival 2018, “Medusa” presented in Auckland and Wellington and most recently “Death Throes” which premiered at Perth’s Blue Room Theatre in May 2019.
She is part of a 3 year arts residency curated by The Basement (NZ), Forest Fringe (UK) & West Kowloon Cultural District (HK) and was part of the Time Place Space residency through Arts House (Melbourne) in 2018.