Julie Stevens began performing at age nine when she was cast as one of the orphans in the in the hit Broadway musical, ANNIE. While performing in the show on Broadway, she attended Professional Children’s School and the renowned theatre camp, Stagedoor Manor. Julie played Pepper in the final cast when ANNIE closed on Broadway after 2,377 performances.
Julie went on to earn a BFA from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and received a Masters Degree in Education from Bank Street College. She was able to utilize her acting skills and teaching degree as a teaching artist for many well-known theatre companies in New York, including The Roundabout, National Actor’s Theatre and Manhattan Theatre Club. Julie also became an on-set Studio Teacher/Welfare Worker for professional children working in commercials, studio films, and independent films, which she has been doing now for 16 years. Please visit her website, Educating Young Stars, for more information.
Voice-over credits include looping and dubbing for film and television. Some recent credits include Cheer Bear in Care Bears Live, My Little Pony, and The Little Polar Bear: A Visitor From The South Pole. Julie can be heard as the singing voice of Erika, the Pauper, in Mattel’s first animated feature film, Barbie’s The Princess and the Pauper. Her singing voice can also be heard in the Erika doll, on sale in toy stores. Recent acting roles include The Woman in Zorba, Mary in the original musical, Fool Of Hearts, Pam in Baby, and Star-To-Be in Annie. She has performed the National Anthem for all of the major sports teams in New York and Los Angeles, including the NY Knicks and LA Lakers.
Julie co-directed her first feature film, Life After Tomorrow, a documentary about her childhood in the musical, “Annie.” The film was an Official Selection at over 10 prestigious U.S. film festivals, winning Best Documentary and Best Directing Awards at the 2006 Phoenix Film Festival. LIFE AFTER TOMORROW was featured on the television news show, “20/20” as well as in a full-page article in the New York Times Arts and Leisure Section. The film premiered on Showtime on Christmas Eve, 2006. The DVD was released by Arts Alliance America and is now available to purchase or rent.
Julie combined her acting and teaching skills, along with an entrepreneurial spirit, to create a motivational deck of cards for performing artists, called Acting Outside The Box, available online and in specialty stores nationwide.
Julie also has a thriving private coaching business, teaching acting and singing to young performers as well as educating parents on the pitfalls of show business. She has conducted workshops for families new to the business, offering her expertise on everything from finding an agent, getting headshots, how to audition, acting for film vs. theatre, managing money, schooling on set, and how to keep your child grounded in reality. Julie is a longtime advocate of child performers and is passionate about ensuring that they all receive a quality education and training, while working professionally.
Julie has studied with Los Angeles acting coaches Mary Lou Belli, Scott Sedita, Diana Castle, Margie Haber, Annie Grindlay and Stuart K. Robinson. She has sharpened her voiceover skills with Marice Tobias, Kalmenson & Kalmenson and animation skills with Susan Blu and Bill Farmer. Julie has worked with Eric Vetro, Suzanne Kiechle, Carolyn Mignini and Karen Morrow for voice and studied Improv with Dave Razowksy, ACME (with Cynthia Szigeti) and Second City.
Julie is a member of SAG-AFTRA, Actor’s Equity Association, the DGA and IATSE Local 884 (Studio Teachers).