Julia was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. She is an actor, comedian, director, poet, playwright, and teacher. She has taught acting for Yale University, Rutgers University, University of Hawai’i and Juilliard’s Drama Outreach Program at Snow College.
Theater work includes: Timon of Athens (directed by Simon Godwin at Theater For A New Audience & The Shakespeare Theater Co.), That Beautiful Laugh (starring Alan Tudyk, directed by Orlando Pabotoy at La MaMa); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (directed by Ethan McSweeny at the Shakespeare Theater Co. in D.C and the Macau Arts Festival in China), The Mousetrap (directed by Paul Mullins at the Dorset Theatre Festival); You Can’t Take it With You, Macbeth, An Incident (at Chautauqua Theater Company).
In NYC she has performed at The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre NY on their sketch comedy show Maude Night with the house team Moriarty, and performed original solo sketch characters at The Magnet Theater, The Peoples Improv Theater, and The Brooklyn Comedy Collective. In LA she was co-creator of the music comedy duo The Manifesto of Hiatus and performed at clubs such as Flappers Comedy Club, IO West, and The Comedy Store.
She writes, directs, performs and co-produces for the original digital comedy show The Poughkeepsie Character Show streamed monthly by the People’s Improv Theater.
At Juilliard’s Center for Innovation in the Arts Julia co-wrote, directed and performed in the musical Our Names in Masking Tape. She has performed her spoken word poetry and original shows live in New York as well as digitally for The 440 Gallery, The Cornelia Street Cafe, The Parkside Lounge, Hell Phone, and The Bowery Poetry Club.
Julia is a Presidential Scholar in The Arts award recipient, and trained at The Maggie Flanigan Studio in New York, as well as The Juilliard School.