Julie began directing theatre 20 years ago with PloT, Old Nick and her own company Organised Chaos. After gaining a Bachelor of Science and a Diploma of Education from UTAS and working in the education sector for several years Julie moved to Melbourne and completed a Graduate Diploma of Dramatic Art (Direction) at the Victorian College of the Arts in 2002.
While in Melbourne Julie worked as a director, dramaturg, production manager and teaching artist with companies such as St Martin’s Youth Arts Centre, The National Theatre, istheatre, La Mama, Melbourne Theatre Company, The Storeroom, Short & Sweet Festival Melbourne, Victorian Arts Centre and the Australian Catholic University. Julie was also a script assessor for the Australian Script Centre, Monash University and Short & Sweet Festival and a judge for the Melbourne Fringe Festival.
From 2007 to 2010 she was the Artistic Director and CEO of Riverland Youth Theatre, a regional youth arts organisation funded by The Australia Council and Carclew Youth Arts, situated on the Murray River in SA. In this role Julie oversaw the planing and delivery of performance projects developed through extensive youth and community consultation and engagement including BigSmoke by Finegan Kruckemeyer, Colliding Worlds by Sean Riley and HOONS.
Since returning to Tasmanian Julie has worked for Tasmanian Theatre Company (TTC), Festival of Voices, React Drama School, Ten Days on the Island, Arts Tasmania – Artists in Residence, Salamanca Arts Centre and she is currently an Associate Producer for Tasmania Performs. Her recent directing credits include e-baby (Co-Director – TTC) How to Hold Your Breath (Loud Moth Theatre Co), The Taming of the Shrew (Hobart Repertory Theatre), Construction of the Human Heart (TTC Associates Program) and One Day Twice (Mudlark Theatre/Junction Arts Festival).
Julie specialises in physical ensemble theatre, an approach she uses in teaching, directing and theatre making. In an exploration of how to maintain her creative practice while raising two small children Julie has initiated Continuum as a platform for a range of training/creative play and performance experiences for local performers.
As mum to William and Isabella and trying to juggle the mental load of motherhood alongside maintaining a creative practice Julie has initiated the seed creative development project MENTAL: the mother load, with fellow artist mums, Mel King, Bryony Geeves, Marrie McLean and Rebecca Thomson.