WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT KINGSTON?
I have been a Kingston resident with my husband and two children for 7 years. I love everything Kingston has to offer especially the beaches and natural world here. I love how I can walk to the green belt in one direction and to the beach in the other direction. I love the fresh air, the down to earth people, the live music, great restaurants, cafes and speciality shops. There is so much to love about Kingston!
WHAT IS YOUR CREATIVE PASSION/PRACTICE?
I am an actor/musician. An actor for stage/TV/radio and a singer/songwriter. I also sing in a band and write music for myself and others.
I have released an album titled Just, under Elvi Jean which is available to purchase on iTunes.
WHAT LED YOU TO YOUR CRAFT?
Having started dancing at the age of 4, I fell in love with connecting to an audience and telling them a story. Standing on stage felt like being home!
After attending a performing arts high school I graduated from both:
- The Sydney Conservatory of Music (Composition) and
- Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (Acting)
WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT WHAT YOU DO?
I love sharing the same air in a space and connecting to a story that changes the way people think.
To be intimately connected to strangers whilst exploring different roles and genres.
To put a huge smile on the audiences faces, make them laugh and cry and feel like the world is smaller than we all believe it to be.
I have adored touring all over Australia and experiencing the incredible wonder of each small town and bustling city.
WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON DURING COVID-19?
I was rehearsing Alan Brough’s Charlie and the War Against the Grannies when COVID hit. Subsequently we had to cancel our shows at the Arts Centre in Melbourne and the Sydney Opera House. This of course was devastating as it is an amazing show for kids with wonderful music set to rock your socks off. When we finally get to perform, I hope you are able able to get along to see it.
Most of my work has been in theatre, also writing and performing music. Although this has been a truly difficult time, there has been much to be gained going inward, particularly for artists. I have been working on my music, writing new songs and recording.
WHAT ARE YOU MOST LOOKING FORWARD TO AFTER COVID-19?
My industry has been hit very hard but luckily the show will be coming back next year which which is very exciting. I am really looking forward to getting back into rehearsing. I am also looking forward to going back and performing with the Good Sugar band. We are a wonderful 6 piece dance band that perform mostly around Melbourne.
I am looking forward to getting into a rehearsal space and performing everywhere I can! I have been cooped up for tooooo long in crazy lock-down town!
Hopefully most people have realised just how important the arts is when the world is in crisis. That we need to express our common frailty and understand who we are through are.
Since graduating from the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts Julia has explored a wide range of theatre, television and radio roles. As far as musicals go Julia has played Vi in Buddy (Live Theatre Productions) Narrator in The Magic Faraway Tree (Garry Ginivan Productions) and Blueno in A Day in the Life of You (Musical Sprouts). Previous theatre work includes: Vic in Away (STC/Malthouse) Aunt Olympia in Emily Eyefinger (Monkey Baa), Mole in The Wind in the Willows (Australian Shakespeare Company), Sheila in A Day in the Death of Joe Egg (Critical Stages/ White Box), Hayley in Men, Love and the Monkey Boy (Shaman Productions/Darlinghurst Theatre Company/ Parramatta Riverside Theatres), Wilde Tales (Critical Stages/State of Play/B Sharp), Party Political (Cracker Comedy Festival), Wars of the Roses, Taming of the Shrew and Much Ado About Nothing (Bell Shakespeare), Anne in A Moment on the Lips (Maelstrom) and Elling (Splinter Theatre Company/B Sharp). Julia's T.V credits include: My Life is Murder, Neighbours, Offspring, Wild Boys, The Cut, Home and Away and Love My Way. For radio: The Phryne Fisher Series (6 books) and Chrissie and Jules (Both for ABC Radio). As a songwriter, Julia has recorded an original album called Just under the name Elvi Jean. Her music written for Musical Sprouts is currently being played on ABC Kids Radio.
You can find Julia on: instagram Good Sugar Band Booking Agent