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ID: Julie Lichtenberg

  • Julie Lichtenberg
  • Julie Lichtenberg
  • Julie Lichtenberg

Julie Lichtenberg says she feels lucky to have worked for the past 12 years with the First Generation Ensemble and the Performance Project, a multi-generational arts community in Springfield. The artistic collaborations and relationships, she says, are challenging, inspiring, and keep her growing and learning.

Full name: Julie Lichtenberg

People know you as: Julika

Date and place of birth: May 14, 1961, New York City

Address: Northampton

Job: Artist, and artistic director of the Performance Project and First Generation Ensemble

Who lives under the same roof as you? James, and my children, Nia and Marc

Education: Studied visual art at the Art Institute of Chicago and the University of Illinois; physical theater with Tony Montenaro, Sigfrido Aguilar and others.

Hobbies: Creating theater and visual art in collaboration with young adults that sends powerful messages out into the world

Favorite Musician: Jo Sallins

What’s at the top of your bucket list? Having lots of time to write, travel, and hang out with friends and family. Making a movie

Life-changing experience: Working with First Generation Ensemble members

Strangest job you ever held: I was hired to wear a large head and overalls and appear as “Harry Hood” at supermarkets and food conventions to promote Hood Milk

A little-known fact about you: I don’t like public speaking

Dumbest thing you ever did: There have been so many, it’s hard to pin down just one

One trend you’d like to see return: If it could be safe, hitchhiking. But it’s not

What really sets you off? When people are judgmental

If you could spend the day with a celebrity from any time in history, who would it be? Ghandi, because he put his life on the line, was creative, had a sense of humor and came from a spiritual place

Best advice you ever got: Understand that I’m never going to get “it” 100-percent right, but that doesn’t mean I shouldn’t keep moving forward

Favorite place to get a bite: Big Mamou in Springfield and La Veracuzana in Northampton

One thing you would change about yourself: I would like to take more time to think before I speak

What gives you the creeps? When people aren’t honest

People who knew you in high school thought you were: Intense

Whom do you most admire? I admire my mother for surviving, and spending years caring for so many people, and my son for his courage and strength.

Parting shot: Follow your passions, live a meaningful life and respect people

Editor’s Note - To suggest someone for ID, email Keri-Ann Aubin at kaubin@gazettenet.com.

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