JULIA PASCAL - DIRECTOR, playwright
Playwright, Theatre Director, Scholar
Julia Pascal PhD trained as an actor. As a member of the National Theatre, London, she adapted and directed the writings of Dorothy Parker for a Platform Performance called Men Seldom Make Passes. She was the first woman to direct at the NT. Her acting career was at The Royal Court Theatre, the Royal Shakespeare Company and for television, film and radio.
As a theatre director she worked widely in Britain, France and the USA.
Her playwriting career includes over 15 works which have been seen in the UK, Europe and the USA. In the volume, The Holocaust Trilogy, Theresa, reveals the collaboration of the Channel Island governments with the Nazis during World War Two. Pascal adapted it for the radio in l996 after it won a BBC Alfred Bradley Prize. As The Road to Paradise it was broadcast in 1996 and 1997 and nominated for the Sony Prize.
Her plays include, The Dybbuk (inspired by S. Anski’s original) and A Dead Woman on Holiday which were produced in London and on the European mainland over two decades. The Dybbuk toured to Theatre of the New City in New York and sequences from her play St Joan were seen at the Lincoln Centre’s Director’s Lab. The Yiddish Queen Lear premiered at Southwark Playhouse. At The Arcola Theatre, she directed her text Woman in the Moon which exposed Wernher von Braun’s space research as having been developed in the German concentration camp Dora as well as her interpretation of The Merchant of Venice entitled The Shylock Play. The Tricycle Theatre commissioned Crossing Jerusalem, her first play about Israel. She directed the second production at the Park Theatre. Investigating the trauma of former soldiers her 2013 text Nineveh, premiered a Riverside Studios. St Joan, which challenges the historical imperative of slavery and Shoah, was staged at The Edinburgh Festival and toured internationally. Blueprint Medea, a contemporary take on the Greek classic, was successfully produced at the Finborough Theatre, London in 2019.
Her awards include a Fellowship from the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts and scholarships from The Leverhulme Trust, The Goethe Institute and the Lisa Ullmann Travelling Scholarship.
Writers Residencies have been at The Wiener Library and the University of York. She is published by Oberon Books, Faber and Samuel French (Inc).
Journalism includes The Times, Guardian, Independent, Financial Times.
Pascal is a Research Fellow at King’s College, London University.
She teaches Writing and Theatre at the Study Abroad Program of St Lawrence University. She has lectured at New York University, City University, the Universities of Heidelberg, Bamberg and Mainz.
She is a member of British Equity, the Society of Authors, the SACD (France), the National Union of Journalists and the League of Professional Theatre Women.
As director of Pascal Theatre Company (www.pascal-theatre.com) she has produced major site-specific works and educational outreach programs including projects for young people on the autism spectrum.
Currently Pascal is researching a new play about Hannah Arendt and Charlotte Salomon when both were imprisoned in Gurs internment camp.
Represented by United Agents, London.
League of Professional Theatre Women
Society of Authors
National Union of Journalists