Julia Gay is an actor, dancer, playwright, stand-up comedian and teaching artist. She completed her BA at Macalester College, studying American studies, urban studies, and theatre. Julia was the recipient of the Playwrights' Center's (PWC) 2017-18 Many Voices Mentorship and is currently a PWC Affiliated Writer. This is her fourth season with St. Paul-based professional dance company, Ananya Dance Theatre (ADT), training, performing, and touring in the contemporary Indian dance form of Yorchha. As an actor, Julia has worked with the CornerHouse, Guthrie Theater, Mixed Blood Theater, Pangea World Theater, Penumbra Theatre, Pillsbury House + Theatre, the Playwrights' Center, and Transatlantic Love Affair, among others. In May 2016, as part of Pangea World Theater's Lake Street Arts! Emerging Artist Showcase, Julia premiered her one-woman show, "motherlanded," exploring her personal narrative as a Chinese adoptee.
Julia tried out stand-up comedy in 2017 and has been performing stand up ever since. She has performed at variety shows and open mics including The Funny 2017, Mother Goose's Bedtime Stories, Vector 8, Stand-Up for RAINN, Uproar Comedy Open Mic and PSSY CTRL. She loves the power of humor to shed light on the laughable and infuriating realities of being a confident, outspoken Asian woman in this day and age.
Julia is currently a teaching artist for SteppingStone Theatre. She has led Arts Literacy youth workshops in the St. Paul Public Schools alongside long-time director and educator, Jan Mandell. Through the Irreducible Grace Foundation she collaborated with vulnerable youth who have experienced foster care, homelessness, and incarceration. Collectively they created and produced "Fostering Voice," a performance based on their lived experiences that was showcased in 2015 at Park Square Theatre. She collaborated with Hmong American artist, May Yee-Lang, on a poetry mural workshop for young adoptees at the 2016 Families with Children from Asia Midwest Conference.