JULIA O'KEEFFE
If you wish to email Julia send it here: julia@paperzootheatrecompany.co.uk
Click here for Julia's CV. (pdf)
Julia has been performing since she was a child. Originally bitten
by the theatre bug after being selected to be a member of the
children's choir for a professional production of
Joseph and the
Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat
in Bristol, Julia has rarely
been offstage since.

Julia was a member of various dance and theatre schools in her
hometown of Sheffield and in Bristol where she spent a number of
years as a young girl studying ballet. At the age of 13 Julia
gained a place at the prestigious Urdang Academy in Covent
Garden. However, lack of funding meant that she was unable to
take up the place. Instead she returned to Sheffield and joined
the Sheffield Youth Theatre and The Crucible Youth Theatre
where she appeared in
Gregory's Girl and several touring
productions.

Julia has also been a member of The Merlin Theatre, Sheffield,
with whom she took roles including, Miranda in
The Tempest,
Irina in
The Three Sisters, and the title role in Trudi and the
Minstrel.

Whilst training at Middlesex University in London, Julia managed
to fit in some youth theatre leading at The Old Bull Arts Centre,
Barnet alongside a full-time job at Barnet Odeon. Somehow, she
also managed to take roles such as Lillian Holliday in Brecht's
Happy End, Paulina Salas in Death and the Maiden, Cleopatra,
and Margaret in
My Mother Said I Never Should as well as
directing several shows including Ronald Harwood's
The Dresser.

Julia's first professional directing job after leaving University was
on
Waiting for Hillsborough at Jackson's Lane in London.
Three weeks previously Julia had given birth to her first child!

On returning to Yorkshire Julia began working for CragRats
Theatre where she was an actress, team-leader, van driver,
choreographer and occasional agony aunt. Julia also directed a
very successful, in-house production of Dennis Potter's play
Brimstone and Treacle.

Julia played Nurse Riley on YTV's
The Royal for four seasons,
and has also appeared in
Peak Practice, Emmerdale, Steel City
Blues
and several short films.

In June 2013 Jullia took part in
Bollywood Carmen Live which
was broadcast live from Bradford's City Park on BBC Three.
Click here to find out more.

Julia is currently the Learning Partnership Network co-ordinator
for Bradford Theatres and The Royal Shakespeare Company.
She oversees the artistic aspect of this exciting project that brings
rehearsal techniques straight from the RSC into classrooms in
schools across the region.
Julia is also a
freelance director and workshop facilitator and has
given lectures, workshops and classes at other venues across
the UK. Julia uses what free time she has left after all this and
looking after three children to study philosophy and art.
Photo credits:
Shelagh Ward
Trevor Griffiths
Jim Moran
Chris Lord
Peter Huntley
Damien O'Keeffe
Jawad Ahmed