"they push theater toward new content and forms "
- Jesse Green, The New York Times, Scrounger
Julian Starr is an East London based sound designer and composer specialising in creative sound design and composition for theatre, musicals, events, installations and media.
Born and raised in Australia, Julian trained at the prestigious National Institute of Dramatic Arts (NIDA).
Julian works in theatres extensively throughout the UK and Internationally. He has designed shows from West End to Off West End: Hampstead Theatre, Soho Theatre, The V&A Museum, Cadogan Hall, Queensland Theatre Company, Belvoir St Theatre, Finborough Theatre, Theatre503, Kings Head Theatre, HOME Manchester, Park Theatre, Union Theatre, The Rose Kingston Theatre as well as the Edinburgh Festival: Underbelly Venue, Assembly Venue and Pleasance Venue.
In 2018, Julian designed the production of The Comedy of Errors which was staged in the world heritage site of the Valtice Castle in the Czech Republic. The play was spoken in English and was the first-ever British Theatre Company to perform on this stage in its history. In 2019, Julian returned back to the Czech Republic to design Pericles in the Castle's theatre.
During the Covid pandemic, Julian was Joff Bush's music editor for the EMMY and BAFTA Award Winning TV Series Bluey.
Julian's work has also been seen throughout Brisbane, Sydney and on the famous Bondi Beach.
In 2023, his work will be heard on the production of Miss Peony that will be touring throughout Australia.
Julian is the inaugural Associate Sound Designer to the Multi-Award-Winning Finborough Theatre, London.
"As a sound designer and composer, I live for the thrill and the excitement as I take on a new project and enjoy the sonic discovery, finding the tone and delivering a score and sound design for the production and for the audience to experience.
My role is to work professionally in collaboration with the director, producers, creative and technical team to deliver the best utilisation of sound and music to support the shows narrative, character development and other design elements as a whole."
"Brilliant sound design by Julian Starr "
- Gary Naylor, BroadwayWorld, The Dwarfs
Theatre include: ZOG (West End/UK Tour); Rose, Never Not Once, Cry Havoc, Martha, Josie and the Chinese Elvis (Park Theatre); Lesbian Space Crime, You Only Live Forever (Soho Theatre); Sleepwalking (Hampstead Theatre); Axolotl (Lithuania Tour); How To Survive an Apocalypse, Scrounger, The Wind of Heaven (Finborough Theatre); The Dwarfs (White Bear Theatre); Aisha (Tristan Bates); Horse Play (Riverside Studios); Song From Far Away, Not Dying (HOME Manchester), Time and Tide (Norwich Theatre); A Christmas Carol, The Woman Who Amuses Herself, Kindred Spirits (Jack Studio); Violet (Theatre503); Harry's Christmas (Kings Head Theatre); Return to the Dirt (Queensland Theatre Company); Elektra/Orestes (Metro Arts Theatre Brisbane); Miss Peony (Australian Tour/Belvoir St Theatre); Hyperdream (The Old Fitz Theatre).
Site Specific: The Comedy of Errors, Pericles (17th Valtice Castle, Czech Republic); The Third (V&A Museum).
Associate and Engineer: An Inspector Calls (UK/Ireland Tour); Ava (Riverside Studios); Richard III (Sydney Opera House); The Finborough Theatre; The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo (The Edinburgh Castle); Songs For Nobodies (West End); The Tap Pack (West End).
Media: Bluey (TV Series); The Fizzy Sherbet Podcast (Online).
"Julian Starr’s sound designs and compositions elevate the emotional gravity of the story"
- Cassie Tongue, The Sydney Morning Herald, Hyperdream
Awards and Accolades
ROSE - OFF WEST END THEATRE NOMINATION SOUND DESIGN 2022
THE WOMAN WHO AMUSES HERSELF - OFF WEST END THEATRE NOMINATION SOUND DESIGN 2022
THE DWARFS - OFF WEST END THEATRE NOMINATION SOUND DESIGN 2022
KINDRED SPIRITS - OFF WEST END THEATRE NOMINATION SOUND DESIGN 2022
HYPERDREAM - SYDNEY THEATRE NOMINATION SOUND DESIGN 2022
ELEKTRA/ORESTES - BEST SCORE BLUE CURTAINS AWARD 2021
RETURN TO THE DIRT- QUEENSLAND PREMIERS DRAMA AWARD 2021
WHITE TUESDAY - WINNER BEST INTERNATIONAL AUDIO FICTIONAL AWARD SARAH AWARDS NYC 2020
SCROUNGER - OFF WEST END THEATRE NOMINATION SOUND DESIGN 2020
AISHA - OFF WEST END THEATRE NOMINATION SOUND DESIGN 2019
IN 2021, JULIAN STARR WAS MENTIONED IN AUSTRALIA'S PRESTIGOUS THEATRE AND ARTS MAGAZINE STAGE WHISPERS THE TOP 4 SOUND DESIGNERS AND COMPOSERS IN AUSTRALIA.
IN 2021, JULIAN STARR WAS INTERVIEWED IN AUSTRALIA'S PRESTIGOUS THEATRE AND ARTS MAGAZINE STAGE WHISPERS AS THE TOP 4 SOUND DESIGNERS AND COMPOSERS IN AUSTRALIA.