Julie Kurzava, vocalist
Julie Kurzava is a singer, actor and writer and a versatile performer who has performed throughout the Mid-Atlantic, including the Olney Theatre, Cumberland Theatre, American Century Theater, Maryland Ensemble Theatre, the Maryland Renaissance Festival, the Annapolis Opera, Opera AACC and her popular solo performances at the Cabaret at Germano’s. This season she is playing the title role in Amahl and the Night Visitors at Opera AACC. She is a member of the Actors Equity Association (AEA) and the American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA). Favorite roles include Johanna in Sweeney Todd, Marian in The Music Man, Anna in The King & I, and Abigail in 1776. Her on-camera debut was as the opera singer in the feature film Guarding Tess, and she has appeared in independent films, commercials and voice-overs. A classically trained singer, she studied voice at Northwestern University (BM) and the Peabody Conservatory (MM).
Ms. Kurzava is co-founder and Executive Director of New Moon Theater, a non-profit touring theater and opera company that performs in schools, libraries and museums throughout the Mid-Atlantic. For New Moon Theater, she has created and performed numerous one-person shows adapting traditional folktales, as well as original scripts, and has a long running partnership creating commissioned works for Port Discovery Children’s Museum. She is on the Maryland State Arts Council’s roster of Artists-in-Residence.
Formerly a faculty member of the Peabody Conservatory Road Scholar program, Ms. Kurzava is a popular lecturer on the history of musical theater and American Popular Song in the Mid-Atlantic area. Ms. Kurzava is on the music faculty at Loyola University Maryland. Since 2004, she has been the cantor for the Radio Mass of Baltimore, broadcast every week live on WCBM.