Julie Gabel

Julie Gabel

Northwest Region
Fayetteville, Arkansas
479-200-5893 479-442-0694
[email protected]

Julie brings over 30 years of experience and knowledge to the classroom. With a BSE in Education and an MA in Drama, as well as 25 years working as a professional actress and director, she brings her experiences and insights to students and teachers. As a musician and theatre artist, Julie knows the importance of self-expression and how each individual, through careful guidance and exploration, can find their own unique strengths and talents. By utilizing tried and true techniques and activities, students will realize their potential as artists … that is Julie's goal.

Julie has experience working with both young adults and children, so she understands the pedagogical approach to reach a variety of different learners.  She brings the technical aspect along with the creative realm of theatre into her teaching, letting educators and students receive the full spectrum of proper preparation as well as experiencing enlightenment as artists.

Julie is interested in integrating the Arts into all subject matters and demonstrating for teachers how to make Drama part of a student's learning process. She is well versed in group learning, improvisation, and storytelling which are skills that activate learning.


Julie has a BSE in Elementary Education as well as an MA in Drama from the University of Arkansas, where she studied elementary education, voice, dance, acting and stage lighting. While living in Los Angeles and San Diego, she performed professionally on stage, earning membership into ACTORS EQUITY ASSOCIATION, as well as performing in film, and singing back-up in the recording studio. Julie toured the United States with Arkansas Repertory Theatre's first National Tour of, Always, Patsy Cline, in 1995-1996. She is co-founder, co-director, managing director and director of Ceramic Cow Productions, and co-director of Phunbags Comedy Improv. Julie directed Fayetteville's first 24 hour play produced by, Not-A-Penny Productions. She also directed the 2005 and 2007 winning 24 Hour Plays, for the Fayetteville Arts Festival. Julie directed and co-produced an independent short film, "Dupont, Mississippi: F5," which was featured at the International Independent Film Festival in Los Angeles. She enjoys working with the local community, serving on the Board of Directors for Ozark StageWorks, Dance Coalition, and Fayetteville Downtown Partners. Julie also enjoyed serving on the Fayetteville Arts Council for 2 terms, serving as the chair of the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce's, Arts, Entertainment and Creative Economy committee, as well as serving on committees for Fayetteville Forward's Creative Economy Action Group since it was established in 2009. As an educator, Julie has tutored children in reading and in voice. She has also taught classes and workshops for children in acting, improvisation, auditioning, musical theatre, voice, directing, stage managing and stage lighting. Julie has directed numerous stage plays most recently directing for Arts Live Theatre.

AIE Program

Preferred Age Level: all ages
Geographic Availability: statewide
Time Availability: open Spring 2013
Special Needs: dry erase board/chalk board
electrical outlets
space for movement
specific materials as needed for residency