20 South Street was founded in January 2010 by Julia Stubbs, a 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. She has been a member of the Young Vic Directors Program since she started directing for theatre in 2007.
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 Bertreau, which toured to the 2019 Brighton Fringe and the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
During lockdown 2020, Julia started directing short films and she very much hopes to collaborate with more artists on other short film projects in the future.
Julia has had a particular interest in new writing and working with writers to develop their scripts throughout her career as a director. This began when she was Joint Artistic Director of the new writing / new work theatre company Weaver Hughes Ensemble from 1997 to 2009 and 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.
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.
Also wanting to continually develop as an artist, in her spare time Julia is exploring her ever-growing interest in photography.