Julia Siedlanowska is a graduate of the Douglas College Theatre Program and holds a BA in Acting from the University of Wales. She is a recipient of the Laura C. Muir Performing Arts Award of Distinction, Arts Council of New Westminster Scholarship, Douglas Theatre Program Tuition-Based Scholarship, as well as a Dogwood District Scholarship, and the Adam and Mark Turpin Scholarship for outstanding achievement in Performing Arts.
In 2010 she was accepted into the Douglas College Theatre Program. Alongside her studies she worked with various theatre companies performing at the Vancouver Fringe Festival, BC Buds Festival, Port Moody Youth Arts Festival, SHIFT Festival, as well as touring to Seattle with the Vancouver Polish Theatre.
In 2011 she was assistant director to Julia Wernio for the Vancouver Polish Theatre’s production of King Matt the First, presented at the Vancouver International Chutzpah! Festival. She also directed the world première of her play entitled “The Act” at The Vancouver Cultch and the Port Moody Inlet Theatre, as well as co-directed “The Seal Woman” and “The Story of a Mother,” at The Russian Hall. Since then she has moved on to direct her own works, as well as assistant directing for Peninsula Productions and Ensemble Theatre Company.
In 2012 she was accepted into the University of Wales where she completed her Bachelors Degree in Acting (Honours) at the top of her class. While living in Wales she worked with some of the countries leading theatre directors, most notably playing Lady Macbeth in an 11th century castle. After graduating she returned from her year abroad to direct and perform in various productions around Vancouver including “Mary’s Wedding” (Peninsula Productions) and “The Winter’s Tale” (Classic Chic). She coaches monologue workshops and works closely with the King Matt Children’s Theatre and the BC Children’s Hospital, and will be working as an apprentice with Pacific Theatre for the coming year.
Select directing credits include “The Seal Woman” and “Story of a Mother” (The Russian Hall), “The Act” (The Cultch, Port Moody Inlet Theatre), the “Locomotive” (Surrey International Fusion Festival) and assistant direction of “King Matt the First” (Vancouver International Chutzpah! Festival and the BC Children’s Hospital). Last year she collaborated with Rebel Haunt Theatre’s director Sarah Dixon on a micro-epic theatre piece entitled “The Kiss,” which was the opening act for the Port Moody Arts Festival. She also adapted, translated and directed “Jack and Maggie,” and “A Tale About Happiness” for the King Matt Children’s Theatre (performed at the BC Children’s hospital) which toured to community centres and festivals in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland.