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About

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 volunteering with Union Station Homeless Services to develop a series of workshops for residents 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

(VICTORY FUND)

Actor

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"JULIE OUELLETTE IS ABSOLUTELY RIVETING."

— The Tolucan Times

Representation

THE WARD AGENCY

Kate Ward | 323.466.7566

UPPER MANAGEMENT

Will Levine | 323.933.2224

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Director

+ VIOLENCE DESIGNER

My work is playful, innovative, and deeply human. I love tackling ambitious projects and breaking new ground. Whether examining existing shows in new contexts, or breathing life into a script for the first time, I love bringing fresh perspectives to the stage.

 

I believe that rehearsal rooms should be brave and collaborative spaces with a balance of relaxed fun and hard work. As both a director and a violence designer, I prioritize the physical and emotional safety of everyone in the room with consent-driven, trauma-informed work.

 

Like so many, I come from the "Yes, and..." school of training that convinces actors our only job is to never say no. This method is based in fear and scarcity. It has been revolutionary to lead spaces where we prioritize giving performers agency and power to consent. Without fail, I have found that empowered actors make richer and more layered storytelling — every single time.

 

Activism

THROUGH ADMINISTRATION

THE COMMONS

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THE COMMONS

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Action

THROUGH ADMINISTRATION

THE COMMONS

Producing Artistic Director

A Los-Angeles based production company dedicated to uplifting the voices of LGBTQ+ artists and bringing authentic representation to both stage and screen. Founder of The Los Angeles Queer New Works Festival.

DEAF WEST

Producer

Setting the standard for accessibility in the arts by bridging the gap between the Deaf and hearing worlds to create groundbreaking and inspiring entertainment experiences using a blend of ASL and spoken English.

THE JOY-JACKSON INITIATIVE

Managing Director

Building a foundation of systemic racial equity in the entertainment industry by providing leaders with tools for institutional self-reflection and the guidance they need to create change that is actionable, tangible, and long-lasting.

VICTORY FUND

Consulting Producer

The nation's only organization fighting to change the face of American politics and achieve equality for the LGBTQ+ community by increasing the number of openly LGBTQ+ officials at all levels of government.

Support

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Producer

Producing is the rare intersection where the artist and the organizer meet. From spreadsheets to strategic planning, budget projections to public events, I've developed a love for keeping things running smoothly behind the scenes with grace and good humor. Some of my top skills include:

 

  • Logistics management including ticketing, building event schedules, and venue scouting

  • Working within the local community to build mutually beneficial partnerships 

  • Drafting and executing vendor, contractor, and employee contracts

  • Creating and implementing company processes and protocol

 
 

THE COMMONS is a Los Angeles based production company 

committed to empowering storytellers whose voices and

experiences are often overlooked in the entertainment industry

and to propelling these stories into the mainstream media.

 

By actively bridging the gap between these two worlds,

we're working to create a more inclusive and diverse

entertainment experience. Because representation matters.

 
 

Contact

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