Julie McKee grew up in New Zealand and like many Kiwi's traveled a lot. During a stay in Madrid she was introduced to art and people of the theatre for the first time. It was then she decided to follow suit – first as a dancer then as an actor. At an EST Summer Conference she wrote her first play. Since then Julie has been the recipient of two EST/Sloan Project commissions for Fringe Benefits about a showgirl and gravity, and Looking for Louise about sex, seaweed and biomedical research during WW2. EST Marathon plays are The “Far-Flung”, Invitation to a Funeral, A Backward Glance, and A Farewell to Mum. The Adventures of Amy Bock was developed at The Sundance Playwright Lab and later produced by The Yale Repertory Theatre. The Sleeper Awakens (dir. by Carol Rosenfeld), was nominated by Yale Rep foran Arnold L. Weissberger Award, and later produced by HB Playwrights Foundation; Free Ascent wasnominated by EST forthe Susan Smith Blackburn Prize. Play By Ear (dir. by Pamela Berlin, HBPF); Get it While You Can and Dig ‘n Arch (dir. by Preston Lane, Yale Summer/Cabaret), Ron’s Garden (dir. by Riche Lichte, Synchronicity Space). SHORT PLAYS produced by HBPF Summer Shorts Festivals, The Women's Project, and all over the US, NZ and Berlin. Plays and monologues are published by Smith & Kraus and Playscripts.com. FELLOWSHIPS/GRANTS/PRIZES: gratefully received from NYFA, The MacDowell Colony; VCCA; St. James Center for Creativity, Malta; Theatre Emory at Emory University; and The Silver Medal Awarded by EST for contribution of theatrical excellence to EST Marathon. MEMBERSHIPS: EST and EST Playwright Unit; Dramatists Guild; The Women’s Project (2002-03); former member of The BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop (Librettist); AEA/SAG-AFTRA.
Julie currently teaches playwriting at HB Studio, was a high school drop out, and graduated from the Yale School of Drama.