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Julia Stark

Title of Program:  Performing Arts Outreach

E-mail Address: jstark8@vols.utk.edu

Hometown: Knoxville, TN

Year:  Junior

Anticipated Graduation Date:  May 2019

Description of Program:  My program is a performance and visual arts-based curriculum with studies in theatre, music, and Hispanic Studies. I will develop my skills as an actress, musician, and as a Spanish minor and apply these towards the development of a performing arts outreach program for at-risk youth. I believe the arts are essential in any child’s education and encourage lifelong learning. My own arts-centered educational experience will equip me with the means of sharing various performing arts with underprivileged students. Taking classes from these three main focus areas will contribute to my educational goals as I prepare to present, write, and teach performing arts to diverse groups.

Departmental Emphases:  Theatre, Music, Hispanic Studies

Faculty Mentor:  Bill Black, Theatre

Plans after graduation (career, graduate/professional school, etc.): After graduating from the University of Tennessee, I plan on working towards a Master of Education or a Master of Fine Arts in Acting. Later, I have plans of starting and directing a performing arts non-profit that would reach underprivileged students who have few opportunities to attend or experience in-depth performing arts programs or classes.

Other Academic Interests: I am also interested in American Sign Language and Cinema Studies. 

Study Abroad: I would like to study abroad at the Gaiety School of Acting in Ireland in the summer of 2018. This opportunity would allow me to further develop my acting skills and experience a different outlook on theatre and performance from a new and exciting culture.

Research Experiences or Internships:  For the past two summers I have interned with the Great Schools Partnership and The Clarence Brown Theatre’s “Shakespeare in Shades” program for middle schoolers. In “Shakespeare in Shades” we seek to develop reading skills and build confidence for rising 6th graders through exploration in theatre and performance.

Part-time employment; Hobbies; Campus Clubs/Activities:  I am involved with the Clarence Brown Theatre and have served as assistant stage manager for “Violet” and for “Peter and The Starcatchers.” I have taught at the Knoxville Children’s Theatre and work as the theatre camp director for the Knoxville Arts and Fine Crafts Center. In my free time, I enjoy playing my pedal harp and Celtic harp, reading and writing, making cheesecakes (and eating them), playing soccer, and hiking. Additionally, I am a member of Sevier Heights Baptist Church and am involved with Knoxville Christian Arts Ministries and Calvary Knoxville’s Reality.  


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