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, television, film and theatre, which she has been doing now for 20 years.
As an actress, Julie continues to work in theatre, film, television and voice-overs in Los Angeles. She 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. She has performed the National Anthem for all of the major sports teams in Philadelphia, New York and Los Angeles, including the Philadelphia Flyers, NY Knicks and LA Lakers. She performs regularly with an Improv group and works as a voice director for animation and voiceover projects.
Julie co-directed the feature film, LIFE AFTER TOMORROW, a documentary that explored the hard knocks of overcoming early success. The film reunited over forty women who played orphans in the Broadway musical, “Annie,” and revealed many of the seldom-discussed aspects of professional children, including the impact on families, friendships, schooling and the search for a “normal” childhood when the acting career stalls. 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 in 2006 and the DVD was released by Arts Alliance America and is now available to purchase or download. In 2007, Julie traveled to Kuwait as a Cultural Envoy to screen LIFE AFTER TOMORROW as part of the first American Film Festival. She was also invited by the National Endowment for the Arts to judge grant applications on their Arts on Radio and Television panel.
As the owner of Double 19 Productions & Talent Management, Julie manages the careers of young performers in all aspects of the entertainment industry. Her clients appear in film, TV, commercials, theatre and voiceovers. She is a longtime advocate of child performers and is passionate about protecting the safety and welfare of minors working in show business. Julie is a member of SAG-AFTRA, AEA, DGA and IATSE Local 884