Julia Pascal Biography

First woman to direct at the National Theatre on the South Bank.

Julia Pascal grew up in the north of England. She trained as an actor and was also a journalist before starting her career as a playwright and theatre director. She was the first woman director at the National Theatre on the South Bank with her stage adaptation of Dorothy Parker’s prose and poetry.

Her body of dramas focuses on unrepresented voices, women, immigrants and refugees.  She has written 24 full-length stage plays of which 12 have had major productions. Her work has been seen in the UK, Europe and the US. Her scripts are published by Oberon Books, Samuel French (Inc) and Faber.

Pascal’s plays have been produced at theatres including The Lyric Theatre, Riverside Studios, The Arcola Theatre, The Park Theatre, The Tricycle Theatre, New End Theatre, The Finborough Theatre, Edinburgh Festival.  In New York she has presented work at Theatre for the New City and the Lincoln Centre’s Director’s Workshop. Productions of her texts have also been staged in Austria, France and Germany.

You can read her dramas on the New Play Exchange

Awards include Sphinx Theatre 30-30, Dyspla,  the National Endowment for Science Technology and the Arts, Arts Council of England, the BBC Alfred Bradley Prize, Cockayne Grants for the Arts,  Moondance Columbine Prize, the Goethe Institute, the European Association for Jewish Culture and the Leverhulme Trust.

Pascal has been a Writer in Residence at The Wiener Library and the University of York, was  a selected playwright on Sphinx Theatre Company’s Open Call for Sphinx 30, 2020 and was a resident writer for Dyspla 2019.

She is a member of the League of Professional Theatre Women (US).

As a producer she has created several large-scale community projects funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Julia teaches Theatre MA at City University and St Lawrence University (USA) on the Study Abroad Program.

At King’s College, London University she is a Research Fellow.

PhD, University of York.
BA (Hons), London University.
Acting Training: E15 Acting School.

Representation: United Agents.

Full CV is available on request.