• Reading, Writing, and Maths for primary school students.
• English, History, History of Art, and Drama for primary and secondary school students.
• 7+/8+ English and prep school entrance exams.
• 11+ English & Maths: ISEB and public school entrance exams.
• English, Drama, and History of Art at degree level.
I have prepared girls and boys for the 7+/8+ and 11+ exam at a range of competitive day schools (Highgate School, Kings College School, St. Paul’s School).
I currently teach full-time in higher education. The skills I have mastered as a director in textual analysis, collaboration, and creative problem-solving have a range of applications in academic subjects.
My partner is a Classics teacher at St. Paul’s School, formerly taught at James Allen’s Girls’ School (JAGS), and attended Westminster School which means that I am familiar with the academic standards of this calibre of schools.
I am also a professional acting, singing, and public speaking coach. Parents often report that my sessions have built students' confidence and increased their spoken participation in class.
I was born in Chicago, attended university in New York City, and moved to London eight years ago. I attended academically rigorous state schools in the US. At the primary and secondary level I was an all-rounder, graduating from high school as a National Merit Scholar, which meant my academics were ranked in the 99th percentile across all American graduating students. I was a high scorer on all the US university entrance exams, including 5 AP exams (US A Level equivalent), the ACT, the SAT, and SAT subject tests.
At NYU I double majored in Drama and History of Art and was invited to join the Theatre Studies Honors Program. The Honors Program asks students to complete extra academic work, culminating in a Master's level thesis. I graduated with a Founders Day Award, equivalent to a UK 1:1 degree.
Between graduating from NYU in 2011 and moving to London I worked as a freelance theatre director and costume designer and tutored students in New York City. I moved to London in 2014 to start my Master's degree in Theatre Directing at Birkbeck College, University of London. I graduated in 2016 with Merit and soon after received a Tier 1 Exceptional Talent Visa.
I have spent the last six years working as a tutor, director, voiceover artist, and acting coach, with a focus on musical theatre and Shakespeare. From 2016-2020 I worked at the RSC, The Old Vic, and in the West End.
Alongside tutoring I have taught at several major London drama schools: The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Arts Educational Schools (ArtsEd), and Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts. I have also served on entrance audition panels for these institutions.
Having tutored a great number of high-achieving students in London, New York, and Chicago, I have learned how to listen closely to find a student's individual learning language. I work to shape an environment that allows students to own their abilities and encounter challenges with curiosity. I enjoy designing lessons that touch on topics students are passionate about and work with parents to establish a plan for achievable goals. Parents have described me as calm, perceptive, and fun.
What I do when I am not tutoring
When I'm not teaching I enjoy singing, swimming, going to museums, and long walks with my partner, who teaches Classics at St. Paul's School.
''Julia tutored my 9 year old daughter for a year and it was a great success. She was professional, punctual, kind and interesting - my daughter really enjoyed the sessions. She has a lovely manner and is always polite and fun. My daughter's confidence really grew in that time and we couldn't recommend Julia enough.'' (Mother of 10-year-old preparing for the 11+)