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A freelance director and adapter, Julie has been working in Seattle for the last twenty years. She recently directed The Happiest Song Plays Last by Quiara Alegria Hudes with Theatre22, four readings for the Theatre22/ ACT "Construction Zone" play festival and the premiere of Theresa Rebeck's DOWNSTAIRS at ACT summer of 2017. Previously, she directed 26 Miles with Latino Theatre Projects, her own adaptation of Jane Eyre for Island Shakespeare Festival, critically acclaimed productions of Annapurna (People's Choice Award) and Water by the Spoonful (Seattle Times Footlight Award, 3 Gypsy Rose Lee Award, one Gregory Award) with Theatre22. Other recent directing work includes the premieres of Rose Cano's Bernie's Apt, co-produced by eSe Teatro and ACTlab, Vince Delaney's Las Cruces and Scot Agusustson's Milwaukee for Sandbox One-Act Play Festival (SOAPfest). Also in Seattle, she directed 4 Dogs and a Bone for Theater Schmeater (Seattle Times Footlight Award), A Small Fire with Sound Theatre Company (4 Gypsy Rose Lee Awards) and Fifth of July with Theatre22. She adapted and directed the world premiere of Edith Wharton's The Bunner Sisters for Athena Theatre Project at Theatre Off Jackson, and co-created and directed the social justice musical Grace on the Margins for the Northwest Women's Convocation. Directing work with Strawberry Theatre Workshop includes The Bells (three Seattle Times Footlight Awards), The Elephant Man (4 Gregory nominations) and Fellow Passengers. She directed and adapted Jane Eyre, Hard Times, and Waxwings for Book-It Repertory Theatre, as well as several adaptations for Porcupine Productions in Chicago. She has also directed for 14/48 the World's Quickest Theatre Festival, Stone Soup Theatre, Our American Theatre, Seattle Public Theatre, UW and Cornish. Her work has also been seen in Chicago, Washington, D.C, Cincinnati, Atlanta, St. Louis, and in Winnipeg. She has taught and directed in a dozen different schools and universities, has an MFA in directing from Northwestern University and is happy to be doing the work that she loves!
Upcoming directing project: Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte, adapted by Julie Beckman Sept 15-Oct 16, 2018, Book-It Repertory Theatre
Professions/skills: Playwright;Educator;Director;Acting Instructor Adapter