Julie Lawrence-Edsell

Julie Lawrence-Edsell

Associate Professor
BFA Acting Program Head
Sands College of Performing Arts
Performing Arts

Julie Lawrence-Edsell



Faculty Bio

Julie is an actress, director, intimacy choreographer, audiobook narrator and an Associate Professor of BFA Acting at the Pace School of Performing Arts, Pace University, NYC. She has served as both Head and Co-Head of the BFA Acting Program. Julie received her MFA from the Yale School of Drama and her BA from the UCLA Dept. of Theatre, Film and Television. Film and TV credits include The Last, Concussion (Sundance 2013, 2014 GLAAD Media Award), Happy Yummy Chicken, Chosen (short), Madam Secretary, Law & Order–SVU, Law & Order–CI, All My Children, Kidnapped, Six Degrees, Third Watch, and Bull(pilot). Directing credits include Eurydice, As You Like It and The Importance of Being Earnest (Pace), The Seagull, As You Like It, Pretty Theft, and The Vagina Monologues (Montclair State U). Julie has appeared Off and Off-Off Broadway with En Garde Arts, at La Mama E.T.C., The Paradise Factory, HB Playwrights Studio, the Vineyard Theatre, the Ontological Theater, Soho Repertory Theatre, HERE. Regionally she has worked at the Yale Repertory Theatre, Denver Center Theater Co., Old Globe Theatre, City Theater Co., Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, The Hollywood Bowl and Royce Hall UCLA. Julie hosted her own podcast called FainTalk available on SoundCloud and produced by Shrink Wrap Media. Julie’s first publication, the One-Hour Shakespeare series (Routledge Taylor & Francos Group) now has 5 volumes. https://www.routledge.com/authors/i19600-julie-fain-lawrence-edsell

Awards and Honors

  • 2014, 2014 GLAAD Media Award- best first feature
  • Frameline - SF International Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, 2013, Best first feature - Special Mention
  • Berlin International Film Festival, 2013, Teddy Jury Award


Yale School of Drama. M.F.A., June 1993, Yale University, New Haven, CT, 1993
Acting - MFA

BA, U.C.L.A. - Dept of Theatre, Film and TV, Los Angeles, California, 1990
BA in Theatre, Film and TV

Research and Creative Works

Artistic and Professional Performances and Exhibits

Madam Secretary
[co-star - episodic television] CBS TelevisionChosen - short film
[short film] The Last - feature film w/ Reed Birney and Rebecca Schull
[Featured/Principal Actress] Directed by Jeff Lipsky, NYLily - short film
[Featured actress] Mist and Moon Productions, NY/NJMastercard
[Featured Actress] Mastercard- Cohn Creative, NY, NYPepsi - SuperBowl 51 commercial
[Principal actress] Pepsi, NY, NYP&G Industrial
[Featured Actress and spokesperson] P&G - Cohn Creative, NY, NY"Road Kill" - short
[Featured actress] D'arc Productions"Happy Yummy Chicken"
[Associate producer - featured actress] New York, New JerseyHoney Flood
[short film - principal cast member] Hayden 5 Media, Glen Cove, New YorkEmunah
[featured actress] Igor Yankilevich, Director -, California Institute of the Arts, filmed in Brooklyn, NYFain Talk
[Host of podcast] Shrink Wrap Media, Shrink Wrap Media and Sirius XM studios, New York CityWreck
[short film - principal cast member] Hypokrite Films, New York, New JerseyCONCUSSION
[actress - feature film] Radius TWC, New York, New JerseyLove, Sex and Death in the Amazon
[Theatre - Perform] Collider Theatre - Inaugural production, The Paradise Factory, New York CityAs You Like It
[Theatre - Direct play] Pace School of Performing Arts, Dyson - Schimmel, New York CityThe Importance of Being Earnest
[Theatre - Direct play] Pace School of Performing Arts, Dyson - PPA, Schaeberle Theatre, NYC

Courses Taught

Past Courses

INT 299: The Art & Sci of Persuasion
PAAT 212: Acting IV for the BFA Actor
PAAT 311: Acting V: Vrse &Hghtnd Lan. I
PAAT 312: Acting VI: Vrse & Hghtnd Lan.
PAAT 384: Appld Perfm Lab for BFA Actors
PAAT 390: Internship
PAGE 395: Independent Study in Theater
THR 232: Script Analysis
THR 301: Advanced Scene Study I
THR 356: Advanced Scene Study II
THR 358: Acting for TV and Film II
THR 361: Advanced Scene Study III
THR 362: Advanced Scene Study IV
UNV 101: First-Year Smnr Unvrsty Cmmnty

Professional Contributions and Service

Professional Memberships

  • Actors Equity Association
  • Screen Actors Guild - American Federation of Television and Radio Artists