Winner of the National Opera Association’s 2017 Directing Fellowship, Julia Mintzer is a director, performer, creator, and educator.  Her interactive theater piece Pizza Parlance was listed in Nombre Art Magazine's "5 Must-Sees of Venice Biennale" and revived for NWR-Forum Düsseldorf.  Her latest project, On Behalf of a Madman, was a political satire told in a pastiche of 18th-19th century opera with an original book and libretto. (“Quick-witted... a relevant evening of commentary.”—Arts Fuse.)  Julia led an all-female cast of La Bohème for MassOpera, hailed by The Theater Times as “a fascinating, high-energy production.” Her La Cenerentola for Bel Cantanti Opera was acclaimed as “wildly funny…This production is just the sort of thing that keeps opera alive and relevant.” (

Julia directed the first full staging of Beethoven's Fidelio with historical instruments in America, produced by period orchestra Grand Harmonie at Princeton University. Her performance piece Chacun a son gout was presented at STORE Contemporary (Dresden.) She staged an original work "Well I want it in writing, the smallest event and the secretest agency” at Cornell University’s Society for Humanities. Julia was sponsored by the European Network of Opera Academies to direct excerpts from Il barbiere di Siviglia at the Opera Academy of Verona, and was chosen by ENOA again to direct and develop a new work at the Helsinki Festival. She will direct Die Zauberflöte for the Potomac Vocal Institute in February 2019.

Julia has led seminars on the integration of technique and interpretation at the University of Cologne's Institute for Art and Art Theory, has been a guest lecturer at Europa-Universität Flensburg and New England Conservatory Preparatory Division, and will give a masterclass this spring at Catholic University. She has directed scenes programs for the University of Dayton Early Music Ensemble, Opera for Humanity, and the Tanglewood Institute.  Julia is a graduate of The Juilliard School and the Boston University Opera Institute, with additional studies at Columbia University.