Juliet Ellis is a theatre maker, performance artist and filmmaker. She has worked continuously as an interdisciplinary artist to produce a number of award-winning works. Her performance work has toured extensively and her films have been screened at International Film Festivals including London, Berlin and South Africa. Juliet is currently working on her first feature film with development funds from the BFI. She recently completed a four-month residency at the prestigious Binger Lab in Amsterdam.
Self portrait, Bingerlab, Amsterdam, 2014.
Juliet has worked with several prolific artists. She has recently worked with critically acclaimed singer songwriter Lonelady for Warp Records directing two music promo’s Hinterland and Bunkerpop, which has been selected for the Bafta Qualifying Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2015. Her recent theatre directing credit Amsterdam was nominated for Best Studio Production by M.E.N
She has been commissioned by the BFI, UK Film Council, B3 MEDIA Blank Slate, Creative England, Arts Admin, Live Art Development agency, Arts Council England and ACE’s BRIT (Black Regional Initiative in Theatre), and was awarded Black Progress Trust Award for contribution to Arts and Media.
In 2008 Juliet was chosen as one of two UK emerging film directors to take part in the Toronto Independent Film Festival’s Talent Lab. She was elected Resident Artist at the Greenroom Manchester that resulted in her critically acclaimed performance pieces Autobiography in Five Chapters.
Commissioned by the UK Film Council and B3 Media’s Blank Slate Scheme.
Premiered at Encounter Film Festival
Commissioned by the UK Film Council and B3 Media’s Blank Slate Scheme
Premiered at the London International Film Festival
Selected for the British Council’s Best Short Films compilations show-reel, Sithengi Cinema Festival South Africa, Britspotting Experimental Short Film Program, Berlin, Oberhausen International Short Film Festival, The International Festival of Cinema and Technology, Encounters Film Festival, Bristol, Toronto Independent Film Festival
Lonelady for Warp Records
Director (co director Graham Clayton Chance)
Lonelady for Warp Records
Selected for the Bafta Qualifying Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2015.
Juliet specializes in directing national and international multi-media productions: She received an Arts Council England’s award for outstanding achievement in the arts in the North West, which culminated in a performance installation called MANCHESTER, performed at The Contact Theatre.
Written and performed by Chanje Kunda,
Performed at Podium Mosaiek Amsterdam, Contact Theatre and National Tour.
Manchester Capitol Theatre
Witten by Mick Martin.
Commissioned by Red Ladder Theatre Company.
Somewhere the Shadow
Director (co-directed with John E. McGrath)
Received 5 stars Guardian.
Winner Best Theatre Design Award and Best Fringe Performer.
Commissioned by the Contact Theatre.
The Root of It
Invited by New Found Theatre Company to direct their first show to be performed at Soho Theatre, London.
Commissioned by Arts Council England.
A multi-media production co-produced by Contact Theatre and Nitro.
A commission between Soho Theatre and Reading Arts to develop plays written from the Africa Diaspora perspective.
Showcase readings by 4 Culturally diverse playwrights. .
BBC’s Young Writers Festival
Developing scripts for new writers completing BBC’s young writers programme.
Flip The Script
A playwriting slam for new writers, supported by the BBC.
A monthly event at Contact Theatre showcasing emerging writing talent
Her time as Resident Artist at Manchester’s Greenroom saw Juliet write, direct and perform her critically reviewed Autobiography in Five Chapters, a body of work consisting of five performances Silent Sermon, Hidden Thread, Separate Other, Slice and Hidden Thread.
Autobiography was performed at:
• THE NATIONAL REVIEW OF LIVE ART: An annual two-week festival of risk-taking live performance. Glasgow
• PUSH: A contemporary event to showcase Black British art. In 21st century. London
• FUTURE FACTORY: A Programme of one to one experiences, installations and performances. Centre of contemporary Art Nottingham
• HIP: A Festival of Black dance. London. Rome.
• Lancaster University, Contact Theatre Manchester, Soho Theatre London, Battersea Arts Center London, Toynbee Studios London
• Extracts from Under My Skin performed on Radio 4 Woman’s Hour and Interview with Jenni Murray
As well as creating her own work Juliet has worked with several prolific artists these including:
New York’s performance artist Julie Tolentino, On The Bottom Project, DV8 Co-Founder Nigel Charnock’s The Room an eight-hour improvised performance. Award-winning Mem Morrison’s Event at the Battersea Arts Center London. Third Angel’s multi-media performance Hang Up commissioned by The Arnolfini Bristol.
Juliet has led several participatory workshops for Yorkshire Women Theatre, Sheffield Health Service Contact Theatre, Hallam University, Bolton University and Film It Company London.
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