Julie Goell earned a degree in theater from Emerson College (1974) and completed the School of Music of the University of Southern Maine, in String Bass (2002), minoring in voice with Margaret Yauger. She completed teacher training for Physical Theater in Rome, Italy, in 1981 at L’Istituto per lo Studio Dello Spettacolo.
Residing in Rome for a decade, she performed in music and theatre, film, and television. She toured as a clown with La Compagnia I Gesti and taught physical comedy skills with Roy Bosier at Teatro Studio. She toured for a year with the Swiss circus “Schaubude,” and later toured her live jazz show, “Impromptu,” in Switzerland. She toured Italy for three seasons singing with the Big Band of Testaccio. She appears in Annette Bercut Lust’s book, From the Greek Mimes to Marcel Marceau and Beyond.
In the United States Ms. Goell acted in “Ghetto” on Broadway, directed several productions in New York, and directed Commedia Dell’Arte for Spoleto Festival and Epcott Center in Orlando. She taught Physical Comedy and Commedia Dell’Arte at Boston University, Colby College, UConn, and Dell’ Arte International. Ms. Goell recently trained singers and staged Commedia scenes for “Ariadne Auf Naxos” at Sarasota Opera.
Recently, Ms. Goell was a Henson Foundation-supported artist in residence at UConn Puppet Arts Program, where she developed and directed a full-scale graduate puppet production, “By the Willow,” now touring the greater world. From ’05–’07 she was Irving Suss Guest Artist at Colby College where she taught musical theater and Commedia and directed “Servant of Two Masters” and “The Fantasticks.”
Ms. Goell teaches Clown and Eccentric Performance in collaboration with her husband, Avner Eisenberg, at the Celebration Barn. She plays bass with The Casco Bay Tummlers klezmer band which performed at festivals in Italy, Germany, Slovenia, and Lithuania. Her solo opera, “Carmen: The Mopera,” recently headlined at festivals in Andorra, New York, Rome, Spain, and Rio.
Ms. Goell lives with her family on a small island near Portland, Maine.