Julie is a Theatre Studies lecturer at the University of New England in Australia. Her career began as a professional actor and theatre-maker in Australia, working with Bell Shakespeare and the QTC amongst others. After a number of years in Ireland, she completed an MA at University College Dublin and obtained her PhD from Trinity College. Her research areas include political theatre, contemporary Irish and Australian theatre, actor training and Renaissance drama. She is currently working on a textbook entitled Theatre in Action: A Practical Guide for Students and Teachers of Theatre, Drama and Performance.