John Markland's The Wound Workshop
Favorite snippet of class notes <3

Favorite snippet of class notes <3

Completed LA acting coach John Markland’s NYC intensive last week!

John’s work surprised me deeply. It was free—like learning to write poetry by letting yourself forget sentence structure. It reminded me of watercolor and abstraction. Juxtaposition. Overlay.

And it led me to a much deeper place than if we had remained with the literal. I have not felt so immersed in a character for a very long time….

Keeping an eye out for his next class in NYC!

Julia Meadows
54 Below Debut!
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I performed at Feinstein’s/54 Below a few months ago originating the role of Mary Smith in developing musical “The Battle, Not the War,” by Zachary Catron.

Mary Smith is a World War II WAAC recruit struggling with her sexual and religious identities, in love with her best friend, and hiding it all from the world around her.

“Don’t you know what it is to have a love the makes no sense?” …is what Mary said to me when I first read her on the page.

Click below to view a short clip of the performance!

Performance Highlights

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Cinema Song Project
Ummmm ready for the next movie musical remake….  Sunday in the Park with George?  Anyone? Anyone? …Bueller? …Bueller? ;) Please tell me you got that reference.

Ummmm ready for the next movie musical remake…. Sunday in the Park with George? Anyone? Anyone? …Bueller? …Bueller? ;) Please tell me you got that reference.

MUSICAL THEATER IN THE STYLE OF FILM

Those of you who know me know I’ve been all over the map artistically (Opera>Theater>Film>Film AND Theater Lol.) and that one of my favorite things is experimenting/mixing mediums/crossing genres. 

I’ve been especially inspired by performances that combine multiple disciplines (a la Anne Hathaway’s award-winning I Dreamed a Dream in the Les Mis movie, or Emily Blunt in Into the Woods)

I set myself a challenge recently to record some of my favorite musical theater songs—but done as if they were going to be put into a film.... i.e. lifelike, intimate acting and singing that mimics speech as closely as possible. 

Singing really is just organized yelling/talking/whooping/expressive-soundmaking, so in these vids I decided to prioritize the human expression of the text over perfect technique. I had some amazing collaborators who were wonderfully inventive with the limited resources at hand and quite patient with my crazy ideas! (Looking at you Will Jellicorse and Christopher D. Littlefield! )

As with all creative experiments, the results are mixed and beauty is in the imperfection. :)

All takes are raw and un-doctored. Please enjoy.

NOT A DAY GOES BY (MERRILY WE ROLL ALONG)

MOONFALL (THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD)

PRINCESS (A MAN OF NO IMPORTANCE)

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A Year in Review

So Julia, you’ve been graduated a year. WHAT on EARTH have you been doing?

**Cue the cheesy photo implying that we’re LOOKING BACK*

**Cue the cheesy photo implying that we’re LOOKING BACK*

Here it is. A short summary of the changes I’ve made in the past year:

I lost twenty-five pounds. I got new headshots.

I hit the pavement, did the dirty work, got some experience on camera and built up a film reel.

An amazing musical theater audition coach, Aaron Galligan-Stierle, has helped me to build a professional level audition book, and some extremely patient teachers, among them Natalie Weiss and Mary Saunders-Barton, helped to revamp my singing technique.

Got a more firmly held grip on my acting technique. Rehabbed an old knee injury.

Hustle, hustle, hustle!!!

And along the way, things began to happen. A few glorious bursts of progress amidst the elbow grease and the struggle.

So thank you to those who have given me hard truths this year. It has made all the difference.

Julia Meadows