Julie Asriyan is a multicultural actor, producer, filmmaker, creative, New Yorker by way of forced immigration as a child refugee. Yep, that escalated quickly.
She is a graduate of Pace University and the William Esper Studio acting conservatory where she studied with Terry Knickerbocker. Julie is a New York Innovative Theater Awards nominee for Outstanding Actress in a Featured Role and 2017 Webby Award Honoree. Her recent microfilm HOME, an allegorical look at displacement, was named finalist in director Terry George (Hotel Rwanda) x Creative Armenian film challenge.
Julie is the co-creator of Casting Call | The Project, a viral web video addressing sexism and female representation in cinema. With over 2.4 million views within 2 days, the project was covered in IndieWire, New York Mag, Huffington Post, Adweek, Nylon, Vice, BuzzFeed, Cosmo, LA Magazine to name some, and dubbed "Must Watch video" by RogerEbert.com
Julie currently stars in the national commercial campaign for the 9/11 Memorial & Museum, Our City. Our Story. which draws focus on her life story as a refugee, an actor, and a New Yorker.
Julie is one of the most poised actors I have ever worked with. She is deeply moving to watch -- her ability to access her emotional depth and move an audience isMia Walker Director
"...Her ability to have power in quietude and privacy in explosive moments serve her well as a storyteller."Jenna Ciralli Actor/ Producer
Must Watch Video - RogerEbert.com
TIME OUT NEW YORK
“InThe Bump,two adult orphans (Julie Asriyan-Piotrowski, Hunter Thore) engaged to others meet cute at a passport office. After bonding over books, they connect on a deeper level. Like Once without songs, the piece strikes a bittersweet chord, an allegory for the regrets we carry throughout our lives.” “The incendiary Beirut Rocks,by far the best of the bunch, ends things with a bang...The antagonists, a Jewish kid from the Bronx and a Palestine-born but U.S.-raised woman, are played by the couple from The Bump, making their hostility even more powerful and disheartening. By the end, you sympathize with and are terrified of both of them—a fitting metaphor for the never-ending Israeli-Arab conflict.”-Raven Snook, Time Out
“The evening, directed by Mia Walker, really takes hold in the final piece, "Beirut Rocks,"...Horovitz packs a lot of political commentary into the script, but it's character-driven, and under Walker's tight direction the four actors—Hunter Thore, Dan Catomeris, Lyle Friedman, and Julie Asriyan—give it terrific veracity and immediacy. It's gut-grabbing theater...”
“"The Bump" is new, a slight but telling curtain raiser, an amusing lamentation about lost opportunity and fickle fate...Asriyan and Thore were an engaging duo at the performance reviewed.” -Ron Cohen, Backstage
“The true piece-de-resistance of the show is the third and final vignette, Beirut Rocks. Julie Asriyan and Hunter Thore collide as a Palestinian refugee and a tough Jewish kid from the Bronx confronting each other with all the brutal force inherent in the age-long Middle Eastern conflict.” “In the play's stunning denouement, Asriyan delivers a powerhouse monologue that grabs you by the heart and refuses to let go. It is one of those defining moments actors, audiences and theater reviewers alike live for in independent theater.” “The most recently written short play,The Bump, finds two strangers in a U.S. passport office in 2012 forging a deep and unexpected romantic connection...Asriyan and Thore play the parts with an understated dignity that float the piece into the realm of believability. The sweet chemistry between the actors is especially commendable considering the blind hatred the two so successfully evince for each other in the last play.” “I would encourage you to see this show, especially for the chance to witness Asriyan excellent performance.” -Di Jayawickrema, NYTheatre.com