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Julie Hébert is a writer/director working in theater, film and television. She started in San Francisco with Eureka Theater, Magic Theater and Intersection for the Arts, then went on to work throughout the country with Los Angeles Theater Center, San Diego Rep, Steppenwolf, Provincetown Playhouse, Circle Rep, La MaMa and many others. She was an early member of the Bay Area Playwrights Festival and a long-time member of Padua Hills Playwrights Festival. She also served as Artistic Director of Theater at the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans for four years.
Her plays include: TOUCH THE WATER, TREE, ABE LINCOLN'S DOG THE KNEE DESIRES THE DIRT, ALMOST ASLEEP, TRUE BEAUTIES ST. JOAN AND THE DANCING SICKNESS, IN THE PRIVACY OF STRANGERS, and RUBY'S BUCKET OF BLOOD, which she also adapted into a film for Showtime, starring Angela Bassett.
Julie wrote the screenplays for Female Perversions (October Films), All-American Girl: The Mary Kay LeTourneau Story (USA), and Lying Awake, (HBO) adapted from the novel by Mark Salzman.
In 2002, Julie received a Peabody Award for "In Their Own Words", a documentary of interviews with survivors of the 9/11 attacks in New York. She has received grants from the NEA, TCG, AT&T new Plays, the Rockefeller Foundation and the California Arts Commission for writing, directing, and inter-disciplinary arts.
Playwriting honors include the Pen Award for Drama, Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, first runner-up, the Bay Area Critics Circle Best Play, NAACP nomination, several Drama-Logues and a cover article in American Theater magazine. She served as a dramaturge for the 2005 O?Neill Playwrights Conference. Her plays are published by Dramatic Publishing, Plays in Process, and in the Best Of The West anthology. She is an alumna of New Dramatists and Alternate ROOTS.
In television, Julie has written and directed for Third Watch, ER and The West Wing. Currently, she is a Co-Executive Producer for Numb3rs. Her teleplays have won a Prism Award, an Environmental Media award and several citations.
Most recently, Julie has worked with Cornerstone Theater creating a play about the Los Angeles River; with Open Fist in their summer festival; and, this fall her new play, TREE, will be produced by Ensemble Studio Theatre- LA as part of the Ford Winter Partnership through the L.A. County Arts Commission.
Photo by Cyndi Finkle