ABOUT

JULIE ASRIYAN is a multicultural and multilingual actor, filmmaker, producer and photographer who’s work has been featured in IndieWire Women & Hollywood, Huffington Post, NY Magazine, LA Magazine, Adweek, Time Out NY, and Jill Soloway’s Wifey.TV

Born to an Armenian family of artists in the former Soviet Union, Julie and her family became refugees after fleeing the Baku pogroms and immigrated to the US, settling in NYC in the early 90’s.

Julie was called to the arts in early childhood; studying dance, music and visual arts and performing in Azerbaijan, Armenia, and Russia and then the US and Canada. Storytelling – as an art form and a means of seeking and providing connection – whether through the movement, written, visual or multidisciplinary mediums – has always been at the core of Julie’s calling.

The interest in exploration of the human condition led her to study psychology and philosophy at NYC’s Pace University, as well as her first classes studying film.

Upon graduating university, Julie dove into exploring classic and contemporary acting disciplines – Stanislavsky, Adler, Stassberg, Hagen and Sandforn Meisner and went on to graduate from the prestigious acting conservatory William Esper Studio (Meisner Technique) where she studied with highly- respected teacher Terry Knickerbocker. Further studies of storytelling led Julie to study screenwriting at the Jacob Kreuger Studio.

Julie’s NYC Theatrical acting work include Israel Horovitz’ Beirut Rocks and The Bump (world premiere) at The Flea Theater, for which she earned a nomination for Outstanding Actress in a Featured Role from the New York Innovative Theater Awards.
Most recently Julie acted in and produced a sight-specific immersive theater piece LAST CALL which pulled from and married classic and contemporary works – William Saroyan’s The Time of Your Life, John Patrick Shanley’s Savage in Limbo , Conor McPherson’s The Weir and the world premiere of More or Less by Heloise Wilson.

On film and behind the camera, Julie has served as Actor, Creator, Director, Producer, and Editor of independent short films, music videos, and new media projects as well as being an accomplished photographer.
Julie’s micro-short film HOME – an allegorical take on her personal experience as a refugee — was named finalist in Oscar winning director’s Terry George x Creative Armenian human rights film challenge.
Most recently Amadi Comes Home, a short ensemble drama exploring race relations in contemporary America, adoption and female relationships – which Julie stars in, co-directed, and produced – is slated for release in late 2019.
Julie is the co-creator/director of Casting Call | The Project – a viral web video addressing women’s representation in film and TV– dubbed “A MUST-SEE VIDEO” by RogerEbert.com and a 2017 Webby Award Honoree.
Julie is currently part of NYC’s September 11 Memorial and Museum Our City. Our Story. campaign which highlights Julie’s story as an actor, a refugee and a New Yorker.

Outstanding Actress in a Featured Role
New York Innovative Theatre Awards
Nominee. Julie Asriyan
   21st Annual Webby Award
The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences
2017 Honoree. Film & Video Viral.
Casting Call | The Project
Co -Dir. Julie Asriyan, Jenna Ciralli, Laura E. Bray
  IndieFEST Film Awards
Winner. Awards of Merit: Women Filmmakers
Casting Call | The Project , 2016.
Co -Dir. Julie Asriyan, Jenna Ciralli, Laura E. Bray
  Top Shorts Film Festival
Winner. Best Trailer. Undocumented, 2017
Editor: Julie Asriyan
  Terry George x Creative Armenia
Art of Impact; Human Rights Film challenge.
“An evocative parable” – Creative Armenia
Finalist. Home, 2017. Dir. Julie Asriyan
  “A MUST-SEE VIDEO” – RogerEbert.com
Video of the Day on RogertEbert.com
Casting Call | The Project