JULIA VANARSDALE MILLER is a director, puppeteer, graphic designer and Co-Artistic Director of Manual Cinema, a cinematic shadow puppet company based in Chicago, IL. With Manual Cinema she has directed Mementos Mori, a feature length live cinematic performance that has toured to Duke University and the Noorderzon Festival in the Netherlands, and worked as a performer, director and puppet designer since founding the company in 2010. Julia has worked as a video animator and director creating content for The New York Times, StoryCorps, Third Coast Audio Festival, Curious City, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Chicago History Museum. In Chicago she has performed and/or collaborated with Hubbard Street Dance, Redmoon Theatre, Blair Thomas and Company, Collaboraction and The House Theatre. She holds a BFA in Theatre Arts from Boston University.