Julia Fowler is the creator of the Southern Women Channel, a growing YouTube channel that celebrates Southern humor, Southern culture and the South’s most precious asset…Southern Women. Julia writes, directs and acts in all of the videos for her channel. Her videos have gone viral, been written about in newspapers throughout the South, and were featured on The Today Show.
Julia was born and raised in Gaffney, South Carolina. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of South Carolina with a BA in Theatre and Dance and is a proud sister of Chi Omega sorority. While in college, Julia, with the help of her Mama and Daddy, opened a dance studio in Gaffney, SC offering classes in Tap, Jazz, Ballet and Clogging. After seventeen years of serving as artistic director and building award winning dance teams, Julia sold her dance studio and is thrilled that her hometown community still has a terrific studio in which to study her first love…dance.
In pursuit of her musical theater dreams, Julia left the sweet embrace of the South and landed smack dab in the middle of New York City. Her Southern heritage and clogging skills helped her land a dream job in the original cast of Broadway’s Tony Award winning revival of Annie Get Your Gun, appearing opposite Bernadette Peters and Tom Wopat. In the National Tour of Annie Get Your Gun, Julia played the conniving “Dolly Tate” and understudied the role of “Annie Oakley. “ She played “Mrs. Potiphar” in the National Tour of Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, opposite Donny Osmond. She was also cast in the national tour of Victor/Victoria, in the Broadway workshop of Tommy Tune’s, Easter Parade, and was in the cast of the Hollywood Bowl’s 2012 production of The Producers directed by Tony award winning, director/choreographer, Susan Stroman. Her favorite regional theater credits include playing “Panacea” in Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum at both the Pittsburgh Public Theater and the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center and Whoopee at Theater Under The Stars in Texas.
Julia made the move to Los Angeles to concentrate her acting efforts on TV and Film and to try her hand at screenwriting. Her very first screenplay, The Possum Trot Cloggers, was optioned by New Line Cinema. After developing the project, the studio didn’t make the film citing concerns from the marketing department that the film was “too southern.” This experience is what motivated Julia to create her Youtube channel. Julia’s Mama always taught her, “When life gives you lemons, put ‘em in your sweet tea and thank God you’re Southern.”
As an actor, Julia’s TV credits include: Vegas,The Closer, Up All Night, Ugly Betty, Hollis & Rae (pilot), Retreat (pilot), Jake in Progress, Titus, The Man Show, PBS Rogers and Hart Special, The Tony Awards and she was the “Oscar Girl” at the 81st Annual Academy Awards. Julia also created and executive produced a reality pilot for E! titled, Growing Up Broadway.
Inspired by her love of the South, Julia writes exclusively from her Southern voice and is dedicated to creating authentic entertainment for the Southern audience. She recently produced and acted in the pilot, Shalom Y’all, written by Caryn Lucas, which is currently being shopped to networks. The popularity of her YouTube videos led to the opportunity to shoot a reality TV pilot based on the comedy of the Southern Women Channel with Sara Rea Productions, also currently being pitched to networks. And Julia recently got a book deal with Gibbs-Smith publishing. Her book, “Talk Southern To Me,” will hit the shelves in March, 2018.
In addition to show business, Julia is a certified apparatus Pilates Instructor and a certified post rehabilitative breast cancer exercise specialist with a decade of teaching experience. Julia is also an avid supporter of Meals on Wheels and The Los Angeles Union Rescue Mission which provides help, hope and opportunity to children, women and men in need.
Julia is incredibly grateful for the talented Southern Women who appear in her videos and to her husband who spends countless hours helping her with her Youtube channel. She sincerely appreciates the tremendous support and enthusiasm shown by the dedicated fans of the Southern Women Channel. Julia currently lives in Venice Beach, California…clear across the country from her beloved South…bless her heart.