Julie Rada

Raymond C. Morales Postgraduate Fellow in the College of Fine Arts

University of Utah

University of Utah Department of Theatre 240 S 1500 E PAB 212
Salt Lake City, UT 84112
United States
(303) 819-6890




JULIE RADA has an MFA in Performance from Arizona State University and currently holds a fellowship at the University of Utah. Identifying as a director, designer, performance artist, and scholar, she has been doing theatre for over 25 years and has worked on over 80 theatrical projects. She attended the Experimental Theatre Wing at NYU/Tisch and Naropa University for undergraduate studies.  As a performer, she has toured nationally and internationally in productions of My Name is Rachel Corrie (Countdown to Zero, Denver) and manson | family valUeS (The LIDA Project), as well as performed various featured roles in many other performance and film projects.  She has co-founded several performance companies, including Countdown to Zero, a political theatre collective, Vicious Trap, a multimedia performance company, and is a member of The LIDA Project Experimental Theatre – all based in Denver, CO.  Her directing and performance work has been reviewed in Backstage, The Denver Post, The Arizona Republic, The Rocky Mountain News, Westword, The New Times, and others. She was recently named one of the “Top 100 Creatives” in Phoenix. During her time at ASU, Julie participated in the development of two original works with her graduate cohort (POVV and The Fall of the House of Escher), performed in principle roles on ASU’s MainStage (2014 AriZoni Award nominee), served as assistant director and dramaturg for the world premier of Charles Mee’s soot and spit, and collaborated on Asylum, a devised, site-specific piece in downtown Phoenix. She participated for two consecutive years in the Emerge conference on ASU’s main campus and has presented at four major conferences in the U.S., Prague, and Glasgow. She served as a Leadership Fellow for first-year students and traveled through Central and Eastern Europe completing physical training programs in Poland, Serbia, and Spain. Last spring, she worked on WonderDome as the solo performer in a 360-degree digitally mediated immersive dome performance platform.  Julie has worked in three prisons, facilitating creative or educational work.  Additionally, Julie was selected by the National Endowment for the Arts as the Artist-in-Residence at the Federal Correctional Institute of Phoenix (though complications with the site prevented the program’s implementation). She has been honored with numerous awards, including the university-wide Distinguished Graduate Student award from the ASU Faculty Women’s Association and the Herberger Dean’s Fellowship. She is a member of Theatre Communications Group, the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, and Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society. She is currently participating in the Creative Community Fellows program founded by National Arts Strategies.  

Movement Specialties:




Contact Improvisation


Devised Theatre


Grotowski Physical Theatre


Movement for the Actor

Performance Art

Physical Theatre

Solo Performance

Stretching, Strength, and Relaxation



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