Julia Noulin-Mérat is the General Director & CEO of Opera Columbus. Julia is the Artistic Advisor of Guerilla Opera, and the Creative Director of Hong Kong based More than Musical. Julia has worked on over 400 opera, theater, and television productions, including 27 new operas and 22 new plays, and is the principal designer at NM Studio. Other projects include a TEDx talk on site-specific opera productions in the modern age, Neverland (China Broadway): a $20 million, 50,000 square immersive theater piece in Beijing, an immersive Pagliacci (Boston Lyric Opera) production complete with fair grounds inside an ice rink and Playground (Opera Omaha) a National touring operatic sound sculpture in collaboration with composer Ellen Reid. She has served on the panel for OPERA America adjudicating the Tobin Director- Designer showcase and recently received OA’s Women Opera Network Mentorship, General Director distinction and their Leadership Intensive recognition. And serves on the OPERA America board. With over 20 years of experience in the performing arts industry and a big advocate for cultural equity in opera, she is a graduate of Boston University with a Masters in Business Arts Administration, an MFA in Set Design, a Diversity Inclusion certificate from ESSEC Business School, a social media marketing specialization from Northwestern University, a Fundraising Development Specialization from UC Davis, a Finance & Leadership certification from Harvard Business School. Her work has been featured in Opera News, LiveDesign, the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal to name a few.