Julia Sears is a director, writer, and activist based in Brooklyn, NY. Her work is a mix of heightened language and movement elevating the stories of women across America. She is currently developing Bullet Catchers, a devised piece exploring the official inclusion of women into combat jobs in the U.S. military. Julia is the creator of the Lady Parts' interview series Fierce as F**k.
Other recent work includes directing The Horse In Motion's critically acclaimed immersive production of Hamlet. As well as assistant directing the world premiere of Abe Koogler's Fulfillment Center (Dir. Daniel Aukin) at Manhattan Theatre Club, and the regional premiere of Lydia Diamond's Smart People (Dir. Desdemona Chiang) at Long Wharf Theatre.
Julia has worked with various artistic and social justice organizations over the past 15 years. Most recently the National Domestic Workers Alliance, the nation’s leading voice for dignity and fairness for the millions of domestic workers in the US, most of whom are women. Previously she worked with Bond Street Theatre, an organization that initiates creative programming for conflict resolution and peace building that reach women, children, and refugees around the globe.
In 2006 Julia co-founded the Empty Chair Theatre Company, a 501c3 organization created as an educational forum for young theatre artists in the Washington, DC area to study and perform Shakespeare's works.
Julia is a graduate of the University of Washington. She trained in Shakespearean text and performance with Shakespeare Theatre Company (DC), Folger Shakespeare Library (DC), Baltimore Shakespeare Festival (MD), The Shakespeare Forum (NY), Studio Theatre (DC), Synetic Theatre (VA) and American Shakespeare Center (VA).
She has worked as the fight director for over 50 productions around the country.
(*world premiere **regional premiere)
HAMLET by William Shakespeare The Horse In Motion, SEATTLE, WA
BULLET CATCHERS created by the company* Women in Combat Theatre Project, NEW YORK, NY
THE HUMAN INCUBATOR by Elinor & Drew Vanderburg* DCTV, NEW YORK, NY
THE THREE SISTERS adapted by Matthew Minnicino* Barn Arts Collective, BASS HARBOR, ME
WIVES TALE by Leah Barker* Exquisite Corpse Company, NEW YORK, NY
ARTAUD ARTAUD by Matthew Minnicino* Signature Theatre: Columbia University, NEW YORK, NY
UNEQUILIBRIUM by Blake Bishton* Here Arts, NEW YORK, NY
BIRDLAND by Matthew Minnicino* Columbia University, NEW YORK, NY
EVERYBODY WANTS TO GO TO LUBBOCK BUT NOBODY WANTS TO DIE by Molly Beach Murphy* Fresh Ground Pepper, NEW YORK, NY
BITCH: A PLAY ABOUT ANTIGONE by Andy Boyd* Naked Theatre Company WASHINGTON, DC
ART HOUSE by Rachael Coopes ** Mad/Ecstatic Collective WASHINGTON, DC
AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY by Tracy Letts University of Washington Seattle, WA
ROCK OF OUR LOVE by Alexandra Bassett* Ugly Rhino Productions, NEW YORK, NY
THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR by William Shakespeare Opera House Arts, DEER ISLE, ME
MEASURE FOR MEASURE by William Shakespeare Underling Productions, NEW YORK, NY
TITUS ANDRONICUS by William Shakespeare Empty Chair Theatre Company, WASHINGTON, DC
MACBETH by William Shakespeare University of Washington, SEATTLE, WA
ROMEO AND JULIET by William Shakespeare University of Washington, SEATTLE, WA
workshops or staged readings
EL HURUCÅN by Charise Castro Smith, (Dir. Pirronne Yousefzadeh) + Atlantic Theatre Company, NEW YORK, NY
GOOD CHILDREN by Tracy Thorne (Dir. Pirronne Yousefzadeh) + New Georges, NEW YORK, NY
SMALL AMONG INFINITE STARS by Matthew Minnicino The Box Collective, NEW YORK, NY
INVISIBLE by Jane Jeffries Clutch Productions, NEW YORK, NY
LADY PARTS by Katrina Day Live-Source, NEW YORK, NY
REVOLUTION by Lia Romeo Exquisite Corpse Company, NEW YORK, NY
SUMMIS DESIDERANTES AFFECTIBUS by Kylie Hogrefe NYU/Playwrights Horizons, NEW YORK, NY
MEAT: A LOVE STORY Daniel Romano NYU/Playwrights Horizons, NEW YORK, NY
KIT & DABNEY by Katrina Day La Mama: Live-Source, NEW YORK, NY
THE WORLD EGG by Elinor & Drew Vanderburg Fresh Ground Pepper, NEW YORK, NY
AN EVENING WITH MARY GOLD WHO IS LATE BUT IS COMING WE PROMISE by Simon de Carvahlo Exquisite Corpse Company, NEW YORK, NY
THE LIFE MODEL created by the company (Dir. Pirronne Yousefzadeh) On The Boards, SEATTLE, WA
I AM GORDAFARID created by the company (Dir. Pirronne Yousefzadeh) Rising Circle Theatre Collective, NEW YORK, NY
The Tempest by William Shakespeare (Dir. Peter Richards) Opera House Arts, DEER ISLE, ME
FULFILLMENT CENTER by Abe Koogler (Dir. Daniel Aukin), SDCF Observer Manhattan Theatre Club NEW YORK, NY
SMART PEOPLE by Lydia Diamond (Dir. Desdemona Chaing) Long Wharf Theatre, NEW HAVEN, CT
TITUS ANDRONICUS by William Shakespeare (Dir. Matthew Minnicino) Schapiro Stage NEW YORK, NY
ROSSUM’S UNIVERSAL ROBOTS by Karel Čapek (Dir. Rachael Murray) Naked Theatre Company WASHINGTON, DC
RICHARD III by William Shakespeare (Dir. Elizabeth Nearing) Empty Chair Theatre Company WASHINGTON, DC
MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING by William Shakepeare (Dir. Katie Logan) Empty Chair Theatre Company WASHINGTON, DC
STAGE DIRECTORS AND CHOREOGRAPHERS Associate Member (2017-Present)
STAGE DIRECTORS AND CHOREOGRAPHERS FOUNDATION Observership Class (2016-2017)
NEW GEORGES Script Consultant (2014-2016)
THE WOMEN IN COMBAT THEATRE PROJECT Founder (2016-Present)
OPERA HOUSE ARTS Inaugural Harbor Residency Recipient (2016)
EXQUISITE CORPSE COMPANY Resident Artist (2014-Present)
MAD/ECSTATIC COLLECTIVE Resident Artist (2015-2016)
BOND STREET THEATRE Programs Associate(2015)
UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON BA in Drama Performance, 2012
Awarded Glenn Hughes Memorial Scholarship for Excellence in Leadership
Served as Financial Director and Executive Board member for the Undergraduate Theatre Society 2009-2012
THE SHAKESPEARE FORUM Clown, Acting (NY)
SHAKESPEARE THEATRE COMPANY Acting, Stage Combat (DC)
STUDIO THEATRE Acting (DC)
FOLGER SHAKESPEARE LIBRARY Acting, Gender Studies in Shakespeare (DC)
AMERICAN SHAKESPEARE CENTER Acting, Clown, Stage Combat (VA)
SYNETIC THEATRE Movement (VA)
MANHATTAN THEATRE CLUB Business Department (NY)
BALTIMORE SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL Education Department (MD)
SHAKESPEARE THEATRE COMPANY Artistic Department (DC)
Selected administrative experience
Bond Street Theatre, Programs Assistant 2015
Assisted in initiating creative programming for conflict resolution and peacebuilding that reach women, children, refugees, and those in prisons and shelters around the world. Maintained data and communications for the Herat Women's Prison program and a country wide Youth-Led Community Improvement program in Afghanistan.
Empty Chair Theatre Company, Executive Director, Founder, 2006-2013
Helmed fundraising campaigns targeted at individual donors and organized events surrounding contributions. Created and maintained press database. Developed education department including 7 years of summer camps for children ages 6-14, workshops for teens, and a partnership with the Folger Shakespeare Library’s High School Fellowship Program. Managed staff of 12.
Underling Productions, Business Director, 2013-2014
Managed accounts payable, and reports of income and spending. Aided in fundraising campaigns and facilitating individual donations.Wrote press releases on company activities and individual productions. Edited online content for the company’s website and social media blasts.