Hey there. My name is Julie and I'm glad you're here! I'm an artist, activist, and multi-hyphenate storyteller, who has committed their career to fighting for representation, accessibility, and systemic equity in the entertainment industry (and beyond). I believe that we all deserve fair and equitable treatment and that together we can create an entertainment industry that celebrates and supports the many different perspectives and experiences that we all bring to the table.
Outside of acting, writing, and directing (all of which you can read more about below), I'm the Producing Artistic Director at The Commons, a Los Angeles based production company dedicated to empowering LGBTQ+ artists, and the founder of The Los Angeles Queer New Works Festival.
I'm also lucky enough to be the Managing Director and one of the founding members of The Joy-Jackson Initiative, working to create systemic equity for BIPOC artists by providing arts leaders with tools for institutional self reflection that help them identify and dismantle white supremacy within their organizations.
Recently, my work as a producer for Victory Fund helped pave the way to victory for more than 150 LGBTQ+ candidates in the 2020 election cycle — including historic victories for candidates like Mauree Turner, Sarah McBride, Michele Rayner, and many more.
I'm currently working with Deaf West alongside GLAD to produce ASL-accessible content that aims to remove communication barriers and spread vital information about COVID-19 and how the pandemic has impacted mental health within the Deaf community.
I am also grateful to be working with Union Station Homeless Services to develop performance-based workshops with a focus on community enrichment and relationship building.
In my ample free time, you'll most likely find me hiking through the Los Angeles mountains, destroying my friends at Cranium, covered in clay at the pottery wheel, reorganizing my kitchen cabinets (again), binge watching season six of Madam Secretary (also again), reinvesting in my community through volunteer and service work, furiously packing for a spontaneous road trip, or giving an chaotically unhinged TED Talk about The Last of Us, Part II and how it's single handedly evolving the video game industry in the most incredible way.
I'm lucky to call Los Angeles home (for now) but I've got an embarrassingly predictable Sagittarius spirit that's always calling me to explore new places.
So, where to next?
JULIE IS A BOLD AND FEARLESS COLLABORATOR WHO LEADS WITH
UNPARALLELED EMPATHY. ANY TEAM WOULD BE LUCKY TO HAVE HER.
— JER ADRIANNE LELLIOTT