Julia may have left England at the tender age of 5, but she has never gotten over her first loves – good English tea and great English literature. In fact, she holds a B.A. from Princeton University in the subject (English, not tea), with certificates in Theater and Music Theater. At Princeton, she aced application-only intensive courses and delighted in close reading everything from Plato to the postmodernists. She won the Alan Downer prize for research in English and drama for her thesis on queerness in Shakespeare’s plays and production history, and several other prizes for her research and theater design work.
Julia put her passion for literature to use teaching others at Princeton. She served as the Artistic Director of the Princeton Shakespeare company, organizing workshops in analyzing and producing Shakespeare’s work, and guiding aspiring directors in interpreting the Bard’s plays and crafting production proposals. She also cultivated fellow students’ love of reading as a board member of the Peter S. Firestone Literary Society. She frequently had the pleasure of critiquing and editing other students’ academic work, and after graduating still helps current Princeton students to sort through their ideas and hone their final products. She has also spent time demystifying the stressful college admissions process for high school students, helping them to create their unique narratives and craft polished admissions essays. To boot, she is a skilled standardized test prep tutor for middle school and high school tests. Julia is particularly passionate about helping students develop a love of deep reading and powerful writing.
When she’s not poring over books, Julia works in theatrical costuming and enjoys chess, knitting, playing guitar, and bothering her roommate’s cat.