JULIA VANARSDALE MILLER is a director, puppeteer, and graphic designer based in Chicago, IL. She is one of the founders and Co-Artistic Directors of Manual Cinema, a cinematic shadow puppet company founded in 2010.

With Manual Cinema she is a performer and puppet designer as well as director of several shows including Mementos Mori and End of TV. Their work has been performed around the world at The Public Theatre (NYC), The Kennedy Center(DC), The Detroit Institute of ArtThe Tehran International Puppetry Festival(Iran), The Noorderzon Festival (Netherlands), the Edinburgh Fringe Festival(Scotland), and The Adelaide Festival (Australia).

Julia has created videos for The New York TimesStoryCorpsThird Coast Audio FestivalCurious CityThe Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Chicago History Museum.