As an on-set Studio Teacher and acting coach for kids for over 25 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.” She 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, helping to create educational outreach programs, lead pre and post-show discussions, and facilitate 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. 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. She 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 is a longtime advocate of child performers and is passionate about ensuring that they all receive a quality education and training, while working professionally.
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 she co-Directed and co-Produced. “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. 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.
Julie is an active member of IATSE Local 884 (The Studio Teacher’s Union), where she served on the Board for 3 years. She holds both a CA multiple subject and single subject teaching credential, as well as a permanent k-6 teaching license in the State of NY.
Some former on-set students include:
Joey King (“Ramona & Beezus”)
Annalise Basso (“Snowpiercer,” “Bedtime Stories,” “Love Takes Wing,” “Standing Up,” “Oculus,” “Ouija: Origin of Evil”)
Ariel Winter (“Modern Family”)
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”)
Austin Crute (“Majors & Minors,” “Booksmart,” “Call Your Mother”)
Nia Holloway (“Majors & Minors,” “The Lion King” National Tour)
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”)