For as long as she can remember, Julia has loved to perform. Whether it was in her living room, in the shower, or at summer camp, musical theatre was a passion that was only growing.
18 years later, Julia is living her dreams dancing alongside Meryl Streep and Nicole Kidman in The Prom movie musical, working with Tony-award winning choreographer Casey Nicholaw, and Emmy-award winning director Ryan Murphy.
Where did it all begin?
Growing up in Southern California, Julia was fortunate to have been surrounded by an abundance of arts. At the age of six, she appeared as a mouse in a local production of "Cinderella," and the rest was history. She got involved with many community theaters, and performed with groups throughout Los Angeles.
In April of 2016, Julia made her professional theatre debut, portraying a Junior Storyteller in Cabrillo Music Theatre's production of Children of Eden. Working alongside Broadway veterans instilled in Julia the inspiration and determination to take her passions to the next level.
That summer, Julia joined the adult ensemble of Cabrillo Music Theatre's The Little Mermaid. High school was quickly approaching. She made the decision with her parents to complete all four years online, so that her schedule could have the flexibility that performing required.
Julia had the honor of working with choreographer Dave Scott of So You Think You Can Dance on Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat with 5-Star Theatricals (previously Cabrillo Music Theatre.) She was then a part of a televised dance concept video with Scott, and performed his choreography at the 300th anniversary show of Choreographer's Carnival Ball... in front of Janet Jackson!
By this time, Julia had turned 16, and was balancing online high school with auditions, classes, and performances. She made the decision to base her dance training in LA, at studios such as Millennium Dance Complex, Playground LA, EDGE, ImmaSpace, and TMILLY TV. Some of her favorite teachers include Willdabeast, Guy Groove, Phil Wright, Matt Steffanina, Jojo Gomez, Janelle Ginestra, Nika Kljun, Derek Mitchell, and Will Bell.
Julia was also getting her feet wet in on-camera and commercial work. She portrayed ballet dancer Marlena Vanselm in the short film Far-Fletched, and starred in an episode of Crashed on the go90 app, alongside YouTube star Meg DeAngelis.
Choreographed by Tony-nominated choreographer John Carrafa, Julia had the honor of portraying a Holy Harmony Dancer in Netflix's new hit series, Dead to Me, starring Christina Applegate and Linda Cardelini. She can be seen in Episodes six and ten of Season 1, and Episode two in Season 2.
After seeing Matilda on Broadway, Julia dreamed of performing in "Revolting Children"... and in March of 2019, that dream came true! Julia had the honor of portraying a Bully Kid in the Southern California Regional Premiere of Matilda - during which she was honored with the Selvin Family "Follow Your Dream" Scholarship/Award.
Songwriting is another beloved passion of Julia's. Her first original song, My Place, is OUT NOW on all music platforms, including iTunes, Spotify, and YouTube! Follow her social media (@TheJuliaMarley) to stay updated on her music journey.
In October of 2019, Julia was cast in Ryan Murphy's Netflix movie musical The Prom. Once a Broadway hit and now a feature film, The Prom is a story of acceptance, love, and community. The movie features the talents of Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, James Corden, Ariana DeBose, Kerry Washington, and Keegan-Michael Key. Julia is portraying a high school student, and is honored to perform Tony-winner Casey Nicholaw's original Broadway choreography!
Mentoring performers with special needs is a very important part of Julia's life. For the past seven years, she has been a mentor and teacher with Allwayz On Stage, which is an incredible organization that gives young adults with disabilities the opportunity to be involved in theatre. Julia was honored with the 2019 Youth Advocate Award at the Conejo Players Arts Gala, recognizing her contribution to the special needs theatre community.
When she's not on stage, on set, or in the studio, Julia can be found spending time with her family, friends, and many pets. Julia's zest for life is contagious, and she takes on every day with a positive attitude and a grateful heart.