Juliana Francis Kelly is an OBIE award winning actor who has performed in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. She has worked for both emerging and legendary theater artists, including the late Reza Abdoh, Richard Foreman, Young Jean Lee, Karin Coonrod, Anne Bogart, Kelly Copper and Pavol Liska, Normandy Sherwood, Charlotte Brathwaite, Bryan Doerries (for The Theater of War) and many others. She has appeared in films by Hal Hartley, Bertrand Mandico, Tatyana Yassukovich, and Marie Losier in collaboration with Guy Maddin.
Juliana’s plays have been produced and published in the U.S., England, Austria, Spain, Norway, and Greece, and translated into four languages. Her essays have appeared in the New York Times: Tiny Love Stories; The Markaz Review; Theater Magazine; Open City Magazine and The Drama Review. She is currently pursuing an M.F.A. in Creative Writing at The City College of New York.
Juliana has taught theater workshops at The Trinity LaMaMa Semester in New York; St. Stephen’s of Hungary School; at the Liberian Cultural Center in Staten Island. She has participated in Shakespeare workshops at Riker’s Island; Taconic Women’s Correctional Facility; The Metropolitan Correctional Center and The Cook County Juvenile Detention Center.
Juliana also builds mixed media dolls.
One of her dolls resides in the Interactive Educational Wing at the American Museum of Natural History.