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 that is subject to change at any time:

In my work, I want to make people feel seen. I believe I'm successful when someone reads or sees my work and thinks "oh my god, I didn't know anyone else felt this way." I dig my hands into the grossest, ickiest, weirdest parts of being alive and try to put words to them, no matter how embarrassing it might be. I believe that art gives people the vernacular to express anger, to process fear and sadness, and ultimately, to vocalize acceptance.

My stories are mostly about women, and they're often about sisters. They're often set in Massachusetts, because of course they are. They range from the realistic (two sisters baking a casserole for a funeral), to less realistic (a girl and her brother's ghost hanging out in the Alaskan wilderness), to magically realistic (a queer couple trying to co-habit with a giant demonic lizard). They're often very angry. That anger comes from the desire to build a better world.

As of right this minute in July 2018, I'm telling stories about the contracts we have with our bodies, and the times when our bodies violate them. I'm writing an experimental horror play about a teen girl who is convinced her body is rotting, but can't get anyone to believe her. (Horror is one of the most versatile genres and it has the most potential for emotional depth and if you want to fight about this send me an email I'm ready to throw bows.) I'm also using childrens' theatre to explore the concept of having a body that doesn't do what it's supposed to, along with the question of what a body IS supposed to do anyway. It's been a lot of fun to approach the same question from these two angles.

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