Julia grew up in the northwest mountains of Maine, working and playing in the woods. After graduating from Middlebury College with a degree in theatre and political science, she moved to Washington D.C where she started her professional acting career. She worked with some of the best theatres in the community, including training and performing with the highly physical Synetic Theatre, and joining Equity at the historical Ford’s Theatre.
Some years later, she moved to NYC and began studying with master clown teacher Chris Bayes, eventually completing a pedagogical apprenticeship with him. She's studied with other clown masters including Philippe Gaulier in France, Aitor Basauri, and Dody DiSanto. Julia has immersed herself in the beautiful and strange world of theatrical clown through performing, producing, directing, and teaching. She returned to D.C. and earned an MFA from Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Academy for Classical Acting. Shakespeare: very serious stuff.
Julia makes funny feminist theatre, performs in plays new and old, teaches clown to actors, and strives to build community around creativity and joy. She lives in Manhattan with her husband and brand-new daughter.
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As an actor, Julia has performed and workshopped new plays with Arena Stage, The Kennedy Center, Ford’s Theatre, New Dramatists, The Lark, Project Y, Cincinnati Playhouse, and Round House Theatre among others. She’s a founding member of The Funny School of Good Acting’s Commedia Company, devising and improvising irreverent comedy with a bunch of other masked fools. Julia is a proud member of Actor's Equity.
Her full resume and training can be found here.
After completing a pedagogical apprenticeship with master clown teacher Christopher Bayes, Julia founded Clown Gym, an accessible weekly lab for artists to study theatrical clown and games. Over the years, she's learned from some of the best clown teachers in the world, and earned an MFA in Classical Acting.
Julia has trained in, and teaches, clown, neutral mask, commedia dell’arte, improv, stage combat, Shakespearean acting and text, and movement for the actor. She’s also an adjunct faculty member at Pace University.
Julia loves the creative process. She produced and co-starred in "An Unapologetic Mess: a clown show!," a monthly show at The People’s Improv Theatre, sharing her own work and mentoring emerging artists.
Her original work has been produced by Clown Gym, Project Y Theatre Company, Dutch Kills Theatre Company, and The People’s Improv Theatre. She is also a director, and runs the theatre department at Brown Ledge Camp in Vermont.