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As children, we saw the world for all its wonder. Joy was found in the simplest things, and creation came from the wildest of places. To see like a child is to see the magic in everything. Yet we grow up and are taught right and wrong, and our curiosity vanishes. We conform and lose imagination about the world around us; but play is timeless. Find again how to dream, create, and imagine by keeping the child in you alive.
Julia Ruth’s first opportunity in performance came when she began college in 2010. A physics major and athlete, Julia was attracted to her school’s gymnastic and acrobatic performance-based student organization, Gymkana. Members of Gymkana serve as ambassadors to the school, touring local Maryland schools and performing over 20 unique acts at daytime assemblies, and spreading a message of healthy living. It was during her four-year commitment to Gymkana that she fell in love with performance. She enjoyed the thrill of performing death-defying stunts in front of large audiences while sharin
... g an important message with youth in the community. Julia’s focus within the troupe was primarily gymnastic rings and partner balancing. Drawn to the strength elements of both practices, she sought special training from the coaches to learn skills traditionally reserved for male athletes. Some of Julia’s most notable performances with Gymkana include the New York Knicks’ Halftime Show, Washington D.C. Cherry Blossom Festival, Miss Virginia Pageant, and the International Monetary Fund.
After graduation, Julia sought opportunities to continue her passion for performance and moved to San Diego to train and teach at the San Diego Circus Center. Through Julia’s time training at the San Diego Circus Center, she has gained experience performing many circus disciplines including Cyr wheel, hand-to-hand, Spanish web, aerial rings, clowning, hand balancing, and stilt walking. The San Diego Circus Center has introduced Julia to well-established performance artists who have served as outstanding mentors in her life. The training she has received and the connections she has made have been invaluable to her growth. Since 2016, Julia has joined the cast of a variety of companies and performed in and beyond Southern California at parks, fairs, and festivals including the San Diego International Fringe Festival, ATLAS Intersections Festival, Sydney Royal Easter Show, San Diego Zoo, LEGOLAND California, Orange County Fair, and Electric Daisy Carnival.
Julia is the producer for Lighthouse Circus Theatre, a company of artists collaborating to create innovative contemporary circus shows highlighting the adversity and difficulties of those living with mental illness. Julia’s thought provoking work with Lighthouse Circus Theatre challenges the stigma behind mental illness, and ignites an expanded perspective on the fragility and beauty of people’s everyday journeys through life. Julia is not afraid to be vulnerable on stage while sharing her stories and the experiences of others in order to spread messages of hope and community. Julia produced Lighthouse Circus Theatre’s show Embers that won “Outstanding Circus Arts” at the San Diego International Fringe Festival in 2016 and Incandescent that won “Audience Favorite” at the San Diego International Fringe Festival in 2017.
Julia’s passion for circus performance is derived from the challenges and fears one must overcome when learning acrobatics. She has faced many of her fears and continues to every day throughout her training and performances. She enjoys setting and working towards goals to challenge conceptions of her capabilities. As an artist, Julia hopes to have a positive impact on the lives of those around her; she believes her passion stretches beyond her personal growth, and she works hard to evoke emotion and start conversations by sharing her stories and the experiences of others in a unique light.
Along side her work as a performer, Julia has continued to follow her passion in science. Julia interned at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and was an assistant researcher at the NOAA Laboratory for Satellite Altimetry. Julia accepted a National Science Foundation graduate fellowship to study and research at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego. After receiving her masters degree in geophysics, she taught middle school science at an independent school in San Diego.
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