Co-Head of Professional Actor Training Program; Associate Professor of Acting; Company Member, PlayMakers Repertory Companygibju@email.unc.edu
Julia Gibson has been with UNC since 2013. She has performed in 18 or so shows as a company member of PlayMakers Repertory Company – including The Cake; Native Gardens; How I Learned to Drive; Vanya, Sonya, Masha and Spike and Bewilderness.
She has performed on Broadway and in other celebrated theatres in New York City and throughout the country for many years. She toured nationally with The Exonerated and has performed major roles at The Roundabout, Circle in the Square; Manhattan Theatre Club; Classic Stage Company; New York Shakespeare Festival’s Public Theatre and the Delacorte Theatre in Central Park; The Alley; the Arden; Berkshire Theatre Festival; the Goodman, George Street Playhouse; The Long Wharf; New York Stage and Film; New York Theatre Workshop; Milwaukee Rep; Dallas Theatre Center; and the American Conservatory Theatre, among others. TV and Film credits include Blue Bloods; Michael Clayton; Changing Lanes; So Close; Second Born; several episodes of Law and Order and Law and Order: Criminal Intent; Spin City; and One Life to Live.
As a director she has worked with Portland Stage Company; New London Barn Playhouse; Atlantic Theatre Studio; 28th Street Theatre; Rattlestick Theatre; Epic Theatre Company; Naked Angels; Origin Theatre Company; Circle East; Estrogenius
Festival; and Chautauqua Theatre Company. She has directed student productions with NYU’s Graduate Acting Program; the Juilliard School; SMU in Dallas; A.C.T.’s Acting Conservatory in San Francisco; the Stella Adler Studio; Stony Brook University; and The Actors Center. Julia served as the Associate Director for The Signature Theatre’s revival of Tony Kushner’s Angels in America.
She received an MFA in acting from New York University, is a Fox Fellowship recipient, a founding member of The Actors Center in New York, and attended NYU’s Graduate Director’s Lab. She taught acting for several years at Stony Brook University. She is a founding member of the National Alliance for Acting Teachers and currently serves on the national Board of Directors for URTA. She is the recipient of a Faculty Scholarship Award from the Carolina Women’s Center. Julia additionally works as a voice artist, having narrated over 170 audio books.
At UNC Julia teaches graduate and undergraduate acting as well as theatre games and audition technique. She Co-Heads the Professional Actor Training Program with Tracy Bersley.