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After many years performing, directing and teaching in New York City, I am in my eleventh year of training actors with UNC’s Professional Actor Training Program, as well as performing alongside them as a company member of PlayMakers Repertory Company.  As an actor myself, I strive to always be truthful, to dig deep, and to collaborate playfully yet diligently with specificity and clarity.  And this is what I aim to inspire and instill in my students.  I want them to graduate armed with the knowledge of how to work on their own, and with genuine confidence in their own artistic autonomy.

Julia Gibson
Co-Head, Professional Actor Training Program
gibju@email.unc.edu
919-962-1132

Tracy Bersley

As a professional director/choreographer in New York City and regionally, I am overjoyed to join Julia in the vision of this truly unique program as we usher in new generations of artists. Focused on a free body and a wild imagination, I work to instill a love of learning and an embracing of the actor as creator. This coupled with the wellness of a holistic being, I aim to create a place of safety, trust, and consent, all in service of bold brave work.

Tracy Bersley
Co-Head, Professional Actor Training Program
tber@email.unc.edu
919-962-1132