2014, Arts Management, MA
Julia is proud to be the Group and Education Sales Manager at the American Shakespeare Center (ASC) in Staunton, Virginia. Nestled in the historic and idyllic Shenandoah Valley, ASC is the world’s only re-creation of Shakespeare’s indoor playhouse, the Blackfriars Theatre. At ASC, “we do it with the lights on” because that’s the way Shakespeare did it. By re-creating his original staging conditions, ASC brings back the fun and connection audiences had with the actors in his day. Julia’s favorite part about her work is that she gets to talk to educators in the community (and nationally) and help them design amazing trips to the American Shakespeare Center tailored just for their students.
Julia found her home in theatre box offices after dabbling in performance and directing. While at Mason, she worked in Synetic Theater’s box office and interned at Provisions Library. Her most recent stop prior to ASC was at the Community Arts Training (CAT) Institute in St. Louis where she was a part of the team that worked to teach artists and community workers collaborative skills. Her graduate capstone thesis, Prison Performing Arts: a case study in community arts organizations and marketing, looked at the practical and ethical implications of marketing for arts organizations that work in difficult areas. Julia has a passion for being the “connector” piece of any puzzle. She often jokes that she is passionate about finding out what other people are passionate about.