​​​ Julia Ainsworth


My work draws on my multifaceted training in  playwriting, directing, devised creation and performance. I have over ten years of experience in performing arts and education and continue to hone my skills as a playwright and director.

As Artistic Director of Zeitgeist Theatre Collective (2007-2012), Co-creator of the Live Action Theatre Project (2014- current) and independent collaborator, I seek to create liminal spaces and bridge relationships between spectator & actor. Through employment of promenade, site-specific and interactive genres, I invite audiences to intimately engage with critical subjects.

My plays have lead me to dark places, with a desire to uncover and illuminate the familiar in the unknown: from Canada's Federal Prison for Women (Unfit for Bears  and P4W) to Vancouver's lower east side (Vacancy - Co-creation) and Montreal's haunted Griffintown (Blight). I've been fortunate to  receive support from the Canada Council for the Arts, Playwright's Workshop Montreal and the Playwright's Guild of Canada. ​Reviewers have described my plays as:


"Shining a light on an obscured place in Canadian history" (Montreal Mirror)

"Volatile stories keep emotions on high and give us much to think about" (Charlebois post)

“True interactive theatre” (Quebec Drama Observer)

I hold a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre from York University and Bachelor of Education in the Artist in the Community program from Queens University. My training includes instruction with Mark Wilson (devised theatre), Judith Rudakoff (playwriting), Sonia Norris (acting, mask & movement), Irena Hernandez (voice) and Paul Lampert (directing). I  have  benefited from artistic mentorships with theatre veterans including Lib Spry (PGC), Stacey Cristodoulou (the Other Theatre), Alexandria Haber (QWF) and Jackie P.A Thomas (Theatre Gargantua). Masterclasses with Paula Vogel, Brian Drader, Erin Shields, Jill Murray and Jonathan Garfinkel.

​​​I am always open to artistic collaboration and have a special interest in exploring the interaction of performing arts with emerging storytelling platforms, gaming and film.  Please feel free to get in touch.