|Other names||Julyana Barrett|
|Years active||1998 - Present|
Julyana Soelistyo was born to Roman Catholic parents in Sumatra, Indonesia. She attended school in Penang, Malaysia, taking lessons in piano and violin. Later, she attended Oregon State University, where she appeared in productions of The Tempest (as Ariel), Les Liaisons Charmantes, The Misanthrope and Piaf. After Soelistyo graduated in 2002, she attended San Francisco's American Conservatory Theatre to earn her MFA. During 1995 - 1997, Soelistyo played the title characters, all of which were children, in the Seattle Children's Theatre plays Naomi's Road, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, and Still Life with Iris.
Soelistyo met David Henry Hwang at the debut reading of Golden Child in California, after being recommended by Hwang's friend Judy Nihei. She was tapped to originate the role of Eng Ahn, the title character; in the play, Soelistyo portrayed both the 10-year-old and the 80-year-old Ahn. Golden Child, which premiered at the Off-Broadway Joseph Papp Public Theater, was reworked and moved to Broadway's Longacre Theatre, where Soelistyo continued in her role. She received largely positive reviews. The New York Times's Vincent Canby described her performance as "magical", and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer deemed her an "outstanding female newcomer". Soelistyo won a Clarence Derwent Award and was nominated for a Tony Award, but lost to Anna Manahan.
She has also appeared in the Yale Repertory Theatre's performance of Iphigenia at Aulis, as Cordelia and the Fool in the 1998 New Jersey Shakespeare Festival's performance of King Lear, Imogen in Cymbeline at the Intiman Theatre in Seattle, Dorie in the world premiere of On the Jump, and the Daughter of Antiochus/ Marina in the Brooklyn Academy of Music's Pericles.
Soelistyo has appeared in the films Earthly Possessions and Martin Scorsese's Bringing Out The Dead. Steven Spielberg offered her the role of Pumpkin in Memoirs of a Geisha, and Soelistyo was cast, but the part ultimately went to Youki Kudoh.
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- Canby, Vincent. Is the New Hot Playwright Profound or Just Slick?, The New York Times, April 26, 1998. Retrieved June 4, 2008.
- Jenkins, Jeffrey Eric. Broadway alive and kicking, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, May 25, 1998. Retrieved June 4, 2008.
- Klein, Alvin. A Season with Star Power on Many a Marquee, The New York Times, September 13, 1998. Retrieved June 4, 2008.
- Seno, Alexandra. Asia Now: People, CNN, November 30, 2000. Retrieved June 4, 2008.