Julian Louis is an Australian theatre director, dramaturg and Artistic Director. He is a graduate of CSU Bathurst Theatre Media, NIDA Director’s course and trained as a performer with Philippe Gaulier (London).
Julian has created work across a range of art-forms including physical theatre, children’s theatre, opera and community art projects and large scale site-specific works.
Based in Lismore, NSW, Julian is the Artistic Director of NORPA (Northern Rivers Performing Arts), which is a leading theatre company shaping contemporary performance from regional Australia. NORPA creates site – specific, devised and original theatre that connects to the region and community through its process, and by staging works outside the conventional theatre models. NORPA presents an annual Season, made up of original productions, national and international touring works and community cultural events.
For NORPA, Julian conceived and directed Railway Wonderland (2012/2015), performed on Lismore’s disused railway train station, which is NORPA’s biggest selling production in 22 years. He has also conceived and directed Engine, and The Bloody Bride for NORPA. As the Artistic Director of NORPA he commissioned My Radio Heart (a co-production with Urban Theatre Projects), Open House and The Home Project which was one of eight works that represented Australia at The Prague Quadrennial Festival of Space and Design. Most recently Julian was collaborator and core creator of Cockfight, a dance theatre work with THE FARM.
Julian directed The 13 Storey Treehouse which premiered at the Sydney Opera House and subsequently became the Artistic Director of the immensely popular Treehouse series (including The 26 Storey Treehouse and The 52 Storey Treehouse) which have all toured extensively across Australia.
Julian’s current works in development at NORPA include a new site-specific work Dreamland, and is Director (along with Rhoda Roberts) of Three Brothers, a contemporary new work expressing Bundjalung culture and story.