Julie Ahasay

Julie Ahasay is a director, actress and teacher with a long history in Duluth theatre community.

She directed last season’s Vanya and Sonya and Masha and Spike for the Duluth Playhouse along with its recent productions of The Secret Garden, Other Desert Cities, Almost, Maine, The 39 Steps, Amadeus and The Royal Family. In June, she’ll be directing Annapurna for the Duluth Playhouse and in October, the regional premiere of The Whale for Renegade Theatre.

Julie also directed The Merry Wives of Windsor for Wise Fool Shakespeare, Amahl and the Night Visitors for Lyric Opera of the North and Grace, Ghost Light, Circle Mirror Transformation, The Woman in Black and Stones in His Pockets for Renegade Theatre.

She recently appeared as the Nurse in Wise Fool’s production of Romeo and Juliet, and in productions of Collected Stories and Frozen at the Underground Theatre and as Queen Gertrude in Wise Fool’s inaugural production of Hamlet.

Julie is on faculty at UMD where she teaches public speaking and interpersonal communication and teaches acting courses for the Duluth Playhouse Conservatory. She serves the Minnesota State Arts Board as a grants panelist for theatre arts and was the April 2015 recipient of the City of Duluth Distinguished Artist Award.