Julie Kline and Liza Zapol are a director and producer working in collaboration in an LMCC-granted SPARC performance project. Through their work, Kline and Zapol hope to transform life stories into experimental performances using sound recordings, movement, and text – illuminating the members of their senior ensemble and allowing them to be uniquely seen and heard.

Julie Kline is a New York-based actor, writer, director, literary associate, and producer from Oakland, California. Kline specializes in transforming real-life experiences into dynamic story-telling on stage.

Kline has acted in Leave the Balcony Open, 3LD (2012); Alternative Methods, DC & NYC Fringe Festivals (2010); Birthday, Rising Phoenix Repertory (2009); and Fall Forward, the River To River Festival (2007). Kline directed Seniors and the City: Stories of Our New York, SPARC 2012, Lenox Hill/St. Peter’s Church Senior Center (June 2012); and Magdalen, written and performed by Erin Layton, NY International Fringe Festival (August 2012). Kline was also the co-director of LET’S EAT! with Kirsten Kelly, written by Dan Trujillo and the Ensemble of Roots&Branches Theater, Baryshnikov Arts Center (November 2012). Her upcoming directorial work includes HOME Project, written by Dan Trujillo and Ensemble of Roots&Branches Theater in residence at University Settlement.

Kline received her BFA in Acting from The Theatre School at DePaul University. She is Artistic Director of the inter-generational company Roots&Branches Theater, Artistic Associate of Rising Phoenix Repertory, and Literary Associate of Rattlestick Playwrights Theater.

Liza Zapol is a New York-based documentary producer and oral historian. Zapol uses documentary methods to creates sound, multimedia and performance projects on the themes of memory and place.

Zapol has created live performance events and audio materials for the Metropolitan Museum, the Brooklyn Museum, The Rubin Museum, The Lower East Side Tenement Museum, and has collaborated on theater performances with Elevator Repair Service Company. Sound Work: “Stores of Memory,” Columbia University (2011).

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