Headshots (6)Julie Ritchey

Artistic Director

Filament Productions: The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles, FORTS: Build Your Own Adventure, The Van Gogh Cafe, The Monster in the Hall, Lifeboat, Cyrano, Crossing Six Corners, Erydice, Hank Williams: Lost Highway, The Drawer Boy, Six Impossible Things

Julie (she/her) has the best job in the world: directing and producing theatre for young people. She is co-founder and Artistic Director of Filament Theatre, where she directed The Van Gogh Cafe, an adaptation of Cynthia Rylant’s book of the same name (staged in Fannie’s Bakery and Cafe with an accompanying a five course meal), Forts: Build Your Own Adventure (an audience-driven performance installation), David Greig’s The Monster in the Hall, Nicola McCartney’s Lifeboat (named one of the Chicago Tribune’s Top Ten Best of the Fringe 2014), and many more. In addition to her work at Filament, Julie has directed plays for young people at Adventure Stage, Boise Contemporary Theater and the Summer Theatre of New Canaan. Julie holds a Bachelor of Science in Performance Studies from Northwestern University. She lives in Lincoln Square with her husband (Grammy Award-winning musician Timothy Munro) and her orange cat (Gizmo).