As an on-set Studio Teacher and acting coach for kids for over 19 years, Julie has developed strong relationships with directors, producers, agents and casting directors.
Julie began performing at age nine when she was cast as one of the orphans in the in the hit Broadway musical, "Annie." While performing in the show on Broadway, she attended Professional Children's School, with fellow Annie alumni, Sarah Jessica Parker. Julie played Pepper in the final cast when "Annie" closed on Broadway after 2,377 performances.
Julie went on to earn a BFA from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and a Masters Degree in Education from Bank Street College. She was able to utilize her acting skills and teaching degree as a teaching artist for many well-known theatre companies in New York, including The Roundabout Theatre Company, National Actor's Theatre and Manhattan Theatre Club. She helped create educational outreach programs, led pre and post-show discussions, and facilitated drama workshops with New York City public school children.
Julie became an on-set Studio Teacher for professional children working in commercials, studio films, and independent films in 1993. Some of her credits as a Studio Teacher include "Majors & Minors" (for the HUB Network), "Childrens Hospital" (for Cartoon Network)," "Love's Everlasting Courage," "Without Reservations," and "Oliver's Ghost" for the Hallmark Channel, "Warren The Ape," for MTV, and the soap opera "The Bold And The Beautiful." With experience as a child performer, continued involvement in the arts, a degree in Education, and her ongoing study in the field, Julie's unique credentials have made her a sought-after Studio Teacher (www.educatingyoungstars.com).
Julie also has a thriving private coaching business, teaching acting and singing to young performers as well as educating parents on the pitfalls of show business. She has conducted workshops for families new to the business, offering her expertise on everything from finding an agent, getting headshots, how to audition, acting for film vs. theatre, managing money, schooling on set, and how to keep your child grounded in reality. Julie is a longtime advocate of child performers and is passionate about ensuring that they all receive a quality education and training, while working professionally.
Julie combined her acting and teaching skills, along with an entrepreneurial spirit, to create a motivational deck of cards for performing artists, called Acting Outside The Box, available online and in specialty stores nationwide.
In 2000, Julie launched a website, Annieorphans.com, hoping to re-connect with her fellow cast members online. The website quickly became the premiere Annie site for fans worldwide as well as a meeting place for parents to chat and ask advice about show business. The website also created a "sisterhood" of young women who appeared in the show as children. These women and their stories were the inspiration for "Life After Tomorrow," a documentary film that explores the hard knocks of overcoming early success. "Life After Tomorrow" won many prestigious film festival awards, premiered on Showtime in 2007 and was released on DVD by Virgil Films, formerly Arts Alliance America. The film recently aired on Ovation TV and is available to stream on HULU and Netflix.
Julie was honored to be selected as a Cultural Envoy for the State Department and has traveled the world talking to students and filmmakers. Julie was also invited to serve as a grant panelist for the National Endowment For The Arts.
As a performer, her singing voice can be heard as Erika in the animated feature film, "Barbie as The Princess And The Pauper," Cheer Bear in "Care Bear Live," and My Little Pony. She continues to perform live on stage in theatre in Los Angeles while lending her voice to many demos of new musicals and animated projects. Julie is a member of the Director's Guild, SAG-AFTRA, Actor's Equity Association and IATSE Local 884. You can read more about Julie on her website, Juliestevens.com, or on IMDB.
Some former on-set students include:
Joey King ("Ramona & Beezus")
Zachary Gordon ("Diary of a Wimpy Kid")
Bailee Madison ("Just Go With It," "Bridge to Terabithia")
Laura Marano ("Austin & Ally," "Back To You")
Gabriel Basso ("The Big C," "Super 8")
Sophia Vassilieva ("Medium," "My Sister's Keeper")
Alyson Stoner ("Camp Rock")
Morgan Lily ("Flipped," "2012")
Uriah Shelton ("The Glades")
Maxwell Cotton ("Brothers & Sisters," "Mr. Poppers Penguins")
Zach Mills ("Mr, Magorium's Wonder Emporium," "Super 8")
Billy Unger ("You Again")
Cassi Thomson ("Big Love," "Rock The House")
Sammi Hanratty ("American Girl: Chrissa Stands Strong")
Last updated by Julie Stevens Dec 30, 2013.