Amber Julian is a recent graduate of Missouri Southern State University in Joplin, MO. She continues her education at University of California, Irvine the MFA program in Stage Management.
Julian stems from Shawneetown, Missouri, a small town above the boot heel. She graduated from Jackson High School with honors. She has received a Lifetime Membership with the Girl Scout Organization and is a Gold Award Recipient. Julian’s theatre career began with the role of Toto in A Magical Land of Oz during the summer high school musical. She had left a 14 year career of softball to pursue life in the arts.
She had entered her undergraduate school in the fall of 2009 on a full-ride performance scholarship. She has performed in over 16 productions. She is credited with designing 10 productions in make-up, prop and costume design. It was not until her sophomore year had she discovered her niche for stage management. She is credited with stage managing and assistant stage managing over 20 productions varying from classical, musical, opera and contemporary realism. Julian is a member of Alpha Psi Omega, the National Theatre Honor Society and served as president of Southern Players, the Missouri Southern Theatre Club. She receive the Missouri Southern Theatre Department’s Outstanding Student Award her senior year. She has also volunteered for Art Feeds teaching local grade school students the importance of theatre through various projects.
Between June and August of 2012 and 2013, Julian worked as company and stage manager for Snow Camp Outdoor Theatre in Snow Camp, North Carolina. She worked with a variety of people from seasoned professionals to absolute beginners, varying in age from four to seventy. She managed companies of 50-75 people rotating five shows within a three month period.
Upon entering her senior year of high school, Julian wanted to join the Peace Corps, however it was not until she began stage managing did she realize why she wanted to join the Peace Corps. After having read and performed the one woman show My Name Is Rachel Corrie, she realized she can use the skills and tactics of a stage manager to teach another community about life, love, commitment, and unity. Upon completely her masters, her goal is to pursue this dream.
During her undergraduate career, Julian worked at Mercy Hospital as an ER patient care representative and part of the Missouri Southern stage crew.
Julian is a survivor of the 2011 E-5 tornado which touched down in Joplin, MO.