Julie Troost


© 2008 Eric Bandiero


As the Artistic Director of Anima Productions, Julie Troost creates concept-driven, collaborative work in performance art, experimental theater, modern dance, and video. She has a profound interest in portraying the intangible, yet her work is firmly rooted in the physicality of the body. She both sculpts the human experience onstage and breaches daily life with site-specific work and public participation. Her work examines our relationship to faith, family, death, space, memories, and loss. Conscious of its political and social relevance, her art inspires essential dialogue for a healthy society.           


Selected works: H U G: performance installation (Conflux festival on Manhattan streets, Brazilian T.V.: Lugar Incomum  on MULTISHOW); H U G: video (Chashama film festival, NYC and Heaven Gallery, Chicago); Congregation: dance theater deemed “a moving spectacle” by The Brooklyn Rail (PS122, Dumbo Dance festival, Dance Conversations @ The Flea); The Interim: a physical play about two characters trapped between life and death, written, directed and performed with Scott Troost (Players' Theater, NYC); Assimilated: site-specific, environmentally conscious dance theater (Solar One, 3rd Ward, MNN);  Resuscitation: site-specific, environmentally conscious dance (Solar One); FrEdem: movement theater (Linhart Theater); I'm Still in my Underwear: choreography for Edy Ferguson's film, with Megan Batterson (group art project, Song Poems, at Cohen Leslie & Brown gallery, NYC, Low Gallery, Los Angeles); I Am Here.: site-specific dance with Megan Batterson (fashion designer Shelley Stefee's meat-packing district store); Farewell: site-specific dance (East Village community garden).

Julie studied dance all her life and has a B.S. in Theater and Psychology from Northwestern University. As a performer, she was featured in Dara Friedman's critically acclaimed art film, Musical, where she “sings 'God Bless America' on a Park Avenue corner with a passion guaranteed to create a lump in your throat" (Ken Johnson, The New York Times.) She acted in Fiona Templeton's Going (with Coming) (Movement Research Festival, Chashama) and FLOW (ODC Theater, San Francisco and Dixon Place, NYC)She has danced for ann and alexx make dances in The Sun is Over the Yardarm on Pier 63’s Frying Pan boat and Noemie Lafrance in Agora II at the McCarren Park pool in Williamsburg. Julie was also a featured actress in Funhouse by director Daniel Kramer as part of the NY Fringe Festival.


Julie has taught movement, voice, and ensemble work to actors at the Professional Performing Arts High School in Manhattan, the Monarch Theater Company, and M.I.T. She is a recipient of the Rediscover Your Heart award and grant, a member of the Lincoln Center Theater Director's Lab, and has been a resident artist at Harold Arts, Workspace for Choreographers, and the Cuts and Burns program at Outpost. Julie is currently developing a public installation to promote cultural understanding.