Hi! I'm Julia.

I'm a playwright and fiction writer who lives in Brooklyn, NY.

Here's a bio for theatre:

"Julia Specht is a Brooklyn-based writer, originally from Massachusetts. Her plays include Down Cleghorn (Ensemble Studio Theatre), Patty, comm. ave. overpass on the boston side, and Allston Rat City (Warner International Play Competition, finalist). Her work has been produced in New York at Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Tank, New Ohio, and The Kraine. She's a proud member of Youngblood, Ensemble Studio Theatre's Obie award-winning writers group."

Here's an artistic statement:

My work attempts to deconstruct stigma and redefine shame with stories and theatrical experiences that blow intimate situations up to a massive size and dig into the details. My primary goal is to validate the parts of being human that keep us up at night by diving, unflinching, into weird and private places and saying “See? Look! It’s like this for everybody.” I tell honest, character-driven stories about people struggling with their bodies and brains in a way that isn’t horrifically bleak. I want to explore the absurdity and beauty of being sick and sad, and I want audiences to leave my work feeling hopeful and connected to the world around them.

I spent the entirety of my early & mid- 20s learning to live with bipolar disorder. For years, I’ve had a private joke with myself about “girl crying in shower” moments - you know, the scene in the movie where the girl who has just tried to kill herself or been raped or whatever goes into the shower fully clothed and sits on the floor, letting the water run over her. These scenes are, to me, so representative of what’s wrong with the conversation about mental illness that is happening right now. Characters with mental illness are frequently represented as frail bird waifs, barely connected to the world, who exist to evoke pity or learn Inspirational Lessons. That, or it’s Girl Interrupted. That, or Crazy is a problem that can be solved with a soft blanket and a smile from a stranger.

We, as a capital-C Culture, are getting better about this. But I know from my experience that fighting with your brain is both more brutal than we say it is, and also, funny and dumb and weird. I write relationship-driven work that emphasizes character development above all else, because the last thing I want to do is write issue plays. If we’re going to humanize illness, we have to focus on the humans involved.

I bounce between different forms. I write both fiction and theatre, magical realism and straightforward naturalism. I’ve felt a lot of discomfort and shame about not having a single auteurial style, but as I’ve matured as an artist, I’ve begun to trust that this is just what I do.

As of right this minute, in 2018, I'm telling stories about the contracts we have with our bodies, and the times when our bodies violate them. I’ve been writing a lot of stories about teenagers, and the desire to rebel against your own body’s rebellion. Puberty, onset of mental or physical illness, and attempts to force bodies into becoming extraordinary are all things I’m very interested in right now.


If you want to talk about any of this stuff, or about something else, send me an email, I'd love to hear what you have to say: jaspecht@gmail.com