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Julia Cho wrote her first play in eighth grade about a motley group of people stranded in a bomb shelter during nuclear fallout. No one at the time foresaw Julia would go on to be a playwright, least of all herself. Hailing from the suburbs of Southern California and Arizona, Julia’s theater education consisted mainly of Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals and bad Shakespeare. Luckily, a class trip to New York and a chance encounter with John Guare’s Six Degrees of Separation changed all that.
Fascinated with the forces and choices that determine who we are, Julia often writes about good people who mean well but do not-so-good things. She strives to write with brevity, honesty, humor and a dash of poetry. Julia has received a New York Foundation for The Arts grant, residencies at Seattle Rep/Hedgebrook’s Women Playwrights Festival and The MacDowell Colony, and was a finalist for a Susan Smith Blackburn Prize.
Her play BFE won the 2004 Weissberger Award. She has received commissions from Ma-Yi Theatre, New York Theater Workshop, South Coast Repertory and the Mark Taper Forum. Julia is a graduate of Amherst College and has degrees from UC Berkeley, NYU and The Juilliard School.