Julie's Open Road

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  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Sundance Kids

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Salt Lake City, UT

  • AIRED ON:

    Indie: Indie Roadtrips

JULIE JENSEN

Playwright

“Don't compare yourself to the guy who's VP at Amazon. That ain't you. You are doing something else. You're a writer and it's the most luxurious thing in the world. You get to pay attention to all the things that are going on all around you. You're a person reflecting what it is to be alive now.”

INTERESTS:

Acting & Theatre Writing

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Family Negativity Perseverance Support & Encouragement

TAGS:

acting, teaching, throwing in the towel

BIOGRAPHY:

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.

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