Thursday Teacher Spotlight: Julie Lanier
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Just two weeks after the successful run of Steel Magnolias (see photo below), Julie Lanier is already hard at work on the remaining slate of productions for the year. She is currently overseeing rehearsals for the senior-directed one act play festival, which opens on November 15. The spring musical, Mary Poppins, follows in quick succession. The intricacies involved in staging the popular Disney extravaganza are ever-present in this director’s mind. “Making Mary fly in our production of Mary Poppins is something I am eagerly anticipating. I enjoy challenging the students in our productions and exposing them to new theatrical mediums.”
Julie has been teaching at Incarnate Word Academy for the past six years. She considers her direction of last year’s musical, Jesus Christ Superstar, as her greatest achievement thus far during her tenure at IWA. “It's such a difficult piece to tackle, especially with high school students. The music is hard, the characters are intense, they are singing non-stop for the entire play and the technical aspect of the show is equally difficult. I was 8 1/2 months pregnant when we opened and we were nominated for a technical award for the St. Louis High School Musical Theatre Awards. I was very proud of what our students accomplished during that production.”
In addition to overseeing the major theatrical productions for IWA, Julie teaches all of the drama courses, the speech communication class, both the leadership & leadership in action classes, and the video production class. Julie is also moderator of the Drama Club.
Julie received both her Bachelor of Arts degree in Acting and Directing and a Master of Arts degree in Theatre Education from Fontbonne University.
Along with teaching, Julie is a professional actor and has worked for several prominent theatre companies in and around St. Louis. She is a two-time Kevin Kline Award nominee for excellence in acting. She works locally as a director, choreographer, acting coach and adjunct professor for the Theatre Department at Fontbonne University. She is a proud member of SAG-AFTRA and she is currently in the Equity Membership Candidacy program.