​​​​ Julia Ainsworth


My work draws on my multifaceted training in playwriting, directing, devised creation and performance. I hold a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre from York University and a Bachelor of Education in the Artist in the Community program from Queen's University.

I have over fifteen years of experience in performing arts and education as a playwright, director, producer, and arts educatorAs Artistic Director of Zeitgeist Theatre Collective (2007-2012), and co-Artistic Director of the Live Action Theatre (2014- present), my collaborations focus on investigating and bridging relationships between spectator & artist. By employing promenade, site-specific and interactive genres, I invite audiences to intimately engage with critical subjects.

I have received support for my productions from the Canada Council for the Arts, Conseil des arts et lettres du Quebec, Conseil des Arts de Montreal, Jeunes Volontaires, SSHRC, Playwright's Workshop Montreal and the Playwright's Guild of Canada.

Critics describe my plays as:

"Utterly engrossing." (CJAD Radio)

"Provocative, well crafted." (Jim Burke)


"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)