Julia Pascal

Dr Julia Pascal is a playwright and theatre director. She was the first woman director at the National Theatre. Her stage plays have been produced internationally and have won prizes.


Visiting Research Fellow in the Department of English within the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at King’s College London.

Julia trained as an actor and worked at The Royal Court Theatre, The National Theatre, Nottingham Playhouse, The National Theatre, The Royal Shakespeare Company, BBC Television and radio. Films include The Hiding Place and the independent prize-winning feature Ham and The Piper.

Her dramas are published by Oberon Books, Faber and Samuel French (Inc).

As a theatre director she has worked widely in London, France and has twice had her work shown in New York City.

Her freelance journalism has been for The Guardian, The Times, The Observer, The New Statesman, The Financial Times, City Limits, Time Out, New Society, The Jewish Chronicle, BBC Radio and as a radio and TV commentator.

In London she works part time as a Writing Professor at New York University and Theatre Professor at St Lawrence University.

Her awards have included a NESTA Dreamtime Fellowship, an Alfred Bradley BBC Award , Moondance Award and she was a finalist in the Association for Theatre in Higher Education Award of Excellence in Playwriting. Julia was nominated for the 2017 Gilder/Coigney International Theatre Award.

She has been a Writer in Residence at the University of York and the Wiener Library.