Julia Silverman was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Her first job after graduating Ithaca College was an internship at Pittsburgh CLO where she was a driver for the legendary Margaret Hamilton.
In New York, Julia acted in numerous off, and off-off Broadway theatres including LaMama Etc. Her job ushering for the Schubert organization afforded her the invaluable experience of viewing almost every play on Broadway. Landing a small role in Mike Nichols’ Working Girl, was a highpoint of her New York years.
In Los Angeles, Julia accrued more Film, TV, and regional theatre credits. To date, Julia has appeared in over 90 plays, 40 films, and 19 TV shows, among them Gray’s Anatomy, Parks and Recreation, Gilmore Girls and Ray Donovan. You may also have seen her in Brad Paisley’s music video, Simple Things, a delightful homage to When Harry Met Sally. Playing Ewan McGregor’s mother in, American Pastoral, also directed by Ewan McGregor, was a recent highlight.
She has won awards on the Film Festival circuit, most recently producing and co-starring in the 2019 award winning short, Intervention.
Theatre Company memberships in The West Coast Ensemble, Theatre of NOTE, Theatre West and The Group Rep at The Lonny Chapman Theatre brought her some of her favorite LA theatrical experiences – among them “A Thorn in the family Paw” by Garry Kluger, Jules Aaron’s “Equus” with Ian Buchanan, and “The Paris Letter” (for which she received LA Scenie and Eddon awards) as well as “The Mandrake” directed by Jessica Kubzansky.
Julia returned to school joining the graduating class of 2020 with an MFA in Creative Non-fiction with a concentration in Nature Writing from Chatham University, and was awarded the Katherine Ayers Prize. To date, her writing has been published under the by-line, JL Silverman, in Ekphrastic Review,The Huffington Post, Communique, the Griffith Observer, and the medical magazines Clinical Lab Products, Imaging Economics. Her writing has recently been accepted in the Under Review and Celestal Review.
Julia narrates several Planetarium shows at Griffith Observatory.
At heart she is a Steel Town girl, and continues to cheer her hometown teams.