Julian is the Strategic Professor of Creative Arts at Flinders University, and until recently Associate Director and Literary Advisor at Melbourne Theatre Company. He has directed many award-winning productions for MTC, STC, SASTC, the Griffin, MWT and his own Kickhouse Theatre.
His work for MTC includes Blue Orange (nominated for three 2002 Green Room Awards), Frozen (2003), in 2004 Memory of Water (Nominated for two Green Room Awards) and Dinner (Nominated for 4 Green Room Awards and a Helpmann Award), in 2005 Cruel and Tender, A Single Act (2006), The Ghost Writer, Enlightenment and Thom Pain (all 2007), The Birthday Party (2009), and Tribes (2012). For STC, he has directed The Snow Queen (2003), Doubt (Nominated 4 2006 Green Room Awards) and The Vertical Hour in 2008. For Griffin, Julian directed October in 2007 and in 2010, Lady Grey and Angela’s Kitchen, which was remounted in 2012, and has since gone on to tour Malta in 2017. Other credits include many new Australian works such as Luke Devenish’s Grace Among the Christians, St. Rose of Lima, Fun and Games with the Oresteia and Jane Bodie’s Hinterland. He directed Fever and the inaugural production of Who’s Afraid of the Working Class? for the Melbourne Workers Theatre and won the 1998 Green Room Award for Best Director on the Fringe. In 2017 he directed The Realistic Joneses by Will Eno at Red Stitch and 2018 returned to direct Lamb by Jane Bodie both to glowing reviews.
He was responsible for expanding the Affiliate Writers Scheme at MTC and for initiating the Hard Lines new play program. He is Deputy Chair of Play Writing Australia, a member of the Federal Government’s Creative Australia Advisory Group, and an Honorary Fellow at Deakin University. As a theatre historian, he has published an account of Nimrod Theatre, See How It Runs (2003), a history of MTC, The Drama Continues, a Currency House Platform Paper, Trapped By the Past, and academic articles on post-War Australian theatre, the theory-practice nexus, and contemporary dramaturgy.
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