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About 20 South Street
a creative home for collaboration between artists
20 South Street was founded in January 2010 by Julia Stubbs, an emerging theatre director and experienced practitioner with a background in acting, new writing, classical texts, dramaturgy, devising, dialect and film knowledge.
Initially set up as a production company for Julia’s theatre directing work, 20 South Street has since evolved into a creative home for collaboration between artists through Julia’s admiration of the ethos behind practitioners Robert Lepage, Declan Donnellan, Katie Mitchell and Steppenwolf Theatre Company. 20 South Street was the address of the house where Julia was born and grew up.
As a director and writer, Julia seeks to create collaborative projects which explore the forms of theatre and film with a breadth of vision.
Julia’s theatre directing credits include productions in London – on the fringe and Off-West End – and at festivals in Edinburgh, Europe and South Africa. She has directed the premieres of work by writers Louise Buchler, Steven Hevey, Andy McQuade and Laura Stevens and most recently the critically acclaimed solo show A Voice written and performed by Anne Berteau, which toured to the 2019 Brighton Fringe and Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
Julia has had a particular interest in new writing and working with writers to develop their scripts throughout her career as a director and this continues in her current role as Literary Associate at The Jack Studio Theatre, where she works closely with the Artistic Director to program the venue.
A member of the Young Vic Directors Program since 2007, Julia was previously Joint Artistic Director of the new writing / new work theatre company Weaver Hughes Ensemble from 1997 to 2009.
Julia’s work as a writer includes her stage adaptation of Edith Wharton’s groundbreaking novel Summer which was published and also premiered on the London fringe in 2012. She has adapted and reimagined Shakespeare’s Hamlet as a solo show from the perspective of Horatio, Hamlet our brother, and is currently developing her third play, an adaptation of a short novelette by the renowned diarist and writer Anais Nin. Also, exploring her love of cinema, Julia writes a film blog.
Recently, as a surprising consequence of lockdown 2020, Julia has started directing short films – which she absolutely loves – and she very much hopes to collaborate with more artists on other short film projects in the immediate future.
Also wanting to continually develop as an artist, in her spare time Julia is exploring her ever-growing interest in photography.
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