Julie's Open Road
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Salt Lake City, UT
Indie: Indie Roadtrips
acting, teaching, throwing in the towel
After graduating with PhD in Dramatic Literature, Julie taught playwriting at seven different colleges across the US. While teaching at a college in Sacramento, she decided she wanted to become a serious actress. She auditioned for a local Shakespeare company. Julie Jensen spent years as a professor, trying to balance a solid career with her love of writing plays, but it was difficult. Her family, however, wanted her to stay in academia; Julie's parents were not excited to hear about her career choice and constant job changes, including a brief stint in Hollywood as an unemployed screenwriter. Though times were tough, Julie credits her friends in the theater for keeping her going. Julie has received the Kennedy Center Award for New American Plays, and was nominated by the American Theatre Critics Association for the best new play produced outside of New York for her plays, Last Lists of My Mad Mother and Dust Eaters.