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JULIA
LEYRIS

Stage Director 

About

Stage director, producer, drama instructor, actress...


I started theater at the age of 7 professionally acting on stage from the age of 12,

I learned the ropes of performing arts on the job.


Having obtained the living arts & literature baccalaureate in Paris, I attended theoretical classes at the faculty of Nanterre and practical classes at the Areact European School.
At the age of 25, I created my own theater company La Troupe du Petit Paris and was one of the rare privileged ones to have ever graciously obtained the moral rights of Jean Cocteau for our adaptation of La Voix Humaine, in 2010.


I traveled, worked and lived in several countries in Europe, India and Southeast Asia, settled in Cambodia for 5 years where I directed 7 theater shows, and produced several concerts and the first ever classic opera staged in Cambodia.


Now based in Europe, I work as an executive producer and continue to provide my services as a stage director.

Work Experience

Work Experiences

Stage director & instructor 

(France - Cambodia)

Actress for more than 20 years in France and Stage Director, I like to drive people to reveal their full potential, using self-confidence training through body work, elocution and breathing techniques, and mindfulness practice. I have helped opera singers, actors and musicians preparing for auditions, filming and staging by using teaching drama techniques. I have also helped people from various backgrounds training for meetings, public speaking seminars and exams. Working with teenagers is essential for me, allowing them to find ways to explore and express their emotions, desires, dreams and imagination and thus equipping them with useful tools to take care of themselves, their relationship with others and with society, so that they can flourish.

Stage Director of The Sérum Company

(Netherland 2021-2022)

Les Femmes Savantes, adaptation of Molière's comedy to celebrate its 400th anniversary. Performance in The Hague in November 2022

Les Liaisons Dangereuses, free adaptation and direction after the novel by P. Choderlos de Laclos, adapted for the stage by C. Letailleur.  Project started in 2020, postponed due to the Covid pandemic, worked via Zoom for a modern and up-to-date adaptation. Performed on November 17, 18 and 20, 2021 at In Het Koorenhuis in The Hague, NL.

Stage Director of The Patétics

(Switzerland 2022)

Le Grand Projet, a free adaptation of an original comedy by the Patétics and A. Karamisaris. Performance in Echandens in September 2022

Executive producer at Michael Laub / Remote Control Productions

(Europe - Africa, 2019 - 21)
 

Support the choreographer Michael Laub with the creation, publication and distribution of his book Rewind Song - release in August 2021 at ImpulsTanz Vienna International Dance Festival. 

Assist with the creation of an artistic project involving the Companhia Nacional de Canto e Dança of Mozambique (including a 1-month trip to Mozambique in 2019). 

Stage director at les Ateliers Français

(Slovakia, 2019)


Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme by Molière in partnership with the French Institute of Slovakia. 

Producer & stage director of TTFPP

(Cambodia, 2014 - 18)

For the francophone theater company of Phnom Penh, I trained and managed the actors from various backgrounds (including those with no previous experience), handled all of the staging, dealt with all the logistic planning and arrangements (including lights and sound systems), organized the sponsorship campaigns, and more generally oversaw all of the organization prior and during our events. 

 

Performances at the Department of Performing Arts Theater of the Ministry of Culture in Phnom Penh and in Siem Reap.


- 12 angry men by Reginal Rose, a rock musical adaptation (2018)

The lesson by Ionesco, in partnership with the Phnom Penh Players (2018)

- The debauched by E.E. Schmitt (2017)

Valognes night  by E.E. Schmitt (2017)

The three Musketeers by A. Dumas (2016)

Don Juan comes back from the war by Odon Von Horvath (2016)

- 8 women by Robert Thomas (2015)

Stage-director and instructor for the drama course at the Lycée Français R. Descartes in Phnom Penh. I trained the students and helped them with expressive practice technics. I directed them to perform in:

- Migraaants by M. Visniec (2016-17) 

- Lubna Cadiot by A. Allais (2017-18)

Production manager for Mozart at Angkor

(Cambodia, 2016 - 18)

A Cambodian Magic Flute a Mozart’s Opera, the first ever opera staged in Cambodia. A collaboration with international artists such as the Saigon Philharmonic Orchestra, Cambodians musicians and dancers from AMRITA performing Arts. Event jointly organized with the Royal University of Fines-Arts, The Ministry of Culture and Fine-Arts in Cambodia, Unesco, the European Union with Mozart At Angkor production. Two workshops 2015 & 2016 (March 2018 – first performance in Phnom Penh).
 

Casting manager

(Cambodia, 2016)

Fassbinder, Faust and the Anismists directed by Michael Laub / Remote Control Productions with Phare Ponleu Selpak NGO: I managed the international and local cast (18 people) and coordinated the shooting in DreamStudio in Phnom Penh and Kep Province.

Co - founder & Stage - director at la Troupe du Petit Paris

(France, 2010 - 13) 

La Voix Humaine by J. Cocteau, adaptation, direction and production in collaboration with Aliya Grange. 

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Liaison Officer - Haute Couture (2007-2013)
Nina Gill SARL and Adarsh Gill SARL. Luxury liaison officer between Paris and New Delhi, with Nina Gill corporation for Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, Givenchy, Celine...

Event Planner: (freelance)

Exhibitions, openings, companies events, private parties, catering… (A5A Architectes, Villa Violet, Capdevielle Bordeaux)

 

TV Program:

Direction assistant for Culture et Compagnie, on TV5 Monde and CFI. 

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