Atlanta has a strong and growing creative economy. Everyday, we meet women who are on the ground working to break down barriers, build community, inspire, inform, and entertain the people of Atlanta through the arts.
For National Women’s History Month in March, C4 Atlanta will be curating a Leading Lady blog series celebrating the women in the creative economy of Greater Atlanta. Over the last several weeks, we have asked the public to nominate women in the creative sector who inspire and have positively impacted the Atlanta community through their contributions.
We are proud to introduce the Next Leading Lady for March 2018 : Julie Skrzypek
Where do you work and what do you do?
Julie Skrzypek is an Atlanta-based Collaborator, Director, Producer and Stage Manager. She is also a new and proud Artistic Director of Theatre Buford and Producer for the Weird Sisters Theatre Project. Currently, she is embarking on a world tour with Jonah Bokaer, Daniel Arsham, and Pharrell Williams’s Rules Of the Game which is co-commissioned by SOLUNA International Music & Arts Festival of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, BAM, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA, with major presentation support at La Biennale de la Danse de Lyon and the Brisbane Festival, Australia.
When and how did you first become interested in the arts? How long have you been in your line of work?
I feel like I have always been interested in the arts. For as long as I could remember, I loved telling stories and listening to how other people felt about their lives. Most of my fondest memories where playing pretend as a child, creating worlds and diving into “what if’s.” I’ve actively been in my line of work since 2013.
What did you want to be or think you were going to be when you grew up?
Growing up, I thought I would be working in the medical field. Haha, a nurse. It made the most logical sense and I wanted to help people. I’ve always been a humanitarian at heart. Luckily for me, I was gravitated to theatre in this subconscious sort of way. I performed well in theater classes unlike nursing classes and it made me happy.
If you could have lunch with any woman from history who would it be and what would you want to talk about?
If I could have lunch with any woman from history, it would have to be Amelia Earhart, what an incredible woman and human being. What wouldn’t we talk about? I would want nothing more than to listen to her talk about the first time she flew over the ocean, her travels, her passions, her energy and drive to self teach. She lived quite an incredible life. I would tell her about how far aviation has come and how influential she was and continues to be for so many women, past, present and future.
Who has been the biggest influence in your life?
My mother is and continues to be the biggest influence in my life. As a Polish immigrant, she built a life and family for herself that is strong and thick as thieves. My Mom has taught me how to define strength in numerous ways, reinvent and reimagine what it means to be women of culture.
How is art a passion for you?
Art is a passion for me through theater and performing arts. It’s expression and also the lack of expression. It encompasses all things and is an emotion for me. It is imaginative, it is a story. I personally, am fascinated by the way people communicate and connect by telling a story. I am always learning with every production and always challenged as an artist. I am constantly moved and changing with the direction a show takes me. Art and Theatre is constantly encouraging me to grow as a person.
What are your thoughts on equality and the representation of women in the creative workforce?
We are not going anywhere and we have something to say. #timesup
What most excites you about the arts in Atlanta?
It’s continued exponential growth, and the room it brings for continued variation and diversity.
What do you hope to contribute to the Atlanta arts community with the work you do?
Female empowerment! I hope to cultivate an environment for artist to take risk and feel supported doing so.
Where can I learn more about your organization/business and work (websites, social media, etc.)?
Producer with The Weird Sisters –
Facebook: The Weird Sisters Theatre Project,
Artistic associate at Synchronicity Theatre –
Facebook: Synchronicity Theatre
Find us online at Synchrotheatre.com
Founder and co-artistic director at Sylvia Beard Theatre in the Buford Community Center – Bufordcommunitycenter.com
Personal interview with Atlanta Theatre Life on Spotify