Julie is a dynamic leader who galvanizes multidisciplinary teams of artists to create contemporary theatre and live art projects that evoke, challenge, and astonish. She inspires creativity in others or works independently to design large-scale spectacle or intimate performance environments. She seeks deep connection to local culture while engaging in international discourse through touring new works to performance festivals and venues throughout the world.
Julie recently completed her service as the Raymond C. Morales fellow in the College of Fine Arts at the University of Utah, with a faculty appointment in the Department of Theatre. During her time at the University of Utah, she directed on the MainStage, devised new work with students, published, and furthered her creative work in prisons. In the summer of 2015, she traveled through the Balkans on a Theatre Communications Group (TCG) "On-The-Road" Global Connections grant, which resulted in her solo performance "From Mud to Stars." As the recipient of two university grants, she co-hosted the international performance ensemble UNIVERSES and developed a Performance Art Festival with colleague Wendy Wischer. During this time, she developed an interdisciplinary performance workshop at Draper Prison.
Julie received her MFA in Theatre Performance from Arizona State University (2014), Julie has also attended the Experimental Theatre Wing at NYU/Tisch and Naropa University for undergraduate studies, as well as trained internationally at DAH Teatar in Belgrade, Serbia, and the Grotowski Institute in Brzezinka, Poland. Her directing credits (devised, new works, and extant works) include: Good Kids, whispering gallery, HOT+WAX, Mouse in a Jar, RAIN/ OF TERROR, pussy +6 (The LIDA Project, Denver). In addition, she has created The In-Between, RID, glASS (and other imponderables), a murder one less, and My Burning Tires. As a performer, she has toured nationally and internationally in productions of My Name is Rachel Corrie (Countdown to Zero, Denver) and manson | family valUeS (The LIDA Project), as well as performed various featured roles in many other performance, film, and video projects.
In summer 2016, Julie relocated to Denver, her home and community. Since returning, she has picked up her prison practice, working with W.E.B.S. of Support and has continued teaching at Naropa University and the Community College of Denver. She has directed several projects for the Community College of Aurora, developing original works with students. She serves as a Teaching Arts & Support Facilitator with Mirror Image Arts. Currently, she is building a company, Grapefruit Lab, with her dear friends and colleagues, Miriam Suzanne and Kenny Storms. Sometimes, she reads books with her cat or hikes around in the mountains.
In the summer of 2014, Julie was named one of 100 Phoenix Creatives by the Phoenix New Times. Check out the interview HERE.
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