School of Theatre Arts

Julie Ballard

Julie Ballard

Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts

Julie E. Ballard is a professional lighting designer and theatrical technician. Ms. Ballard
is an Assistant Professor of Theater Arts, specializing in lighting and sound, at Illinois
Wesleyan University. She is affiliated with IATSE Local 2 and the Actors’ Equity
Association and was previously the Stage Manager and Properties Master for Hubbard
Street Dance Chicago. Additionally, Ms. Ballard is the owner/operator of
OverlapLighting, a freelance production company specializing in production/stage
management, lighting design and photography, and is the Technical Director, Resident
Lighting Designer and Stage Manager for The Seldoms. Ms. Ballard was the Lighting
Director at the Dance Center of Columbia College for nearly 8 years. She has
freelanced for two decades in and around the Midwest, touring regionally, nationally and
internationally with Hubbard Street, Pilobolus, Deeply Rooted Dance Theater and David
Dorfman Dance, among others. Ms. Ballard holds degrees in Theater (BA, 1999) and
Lighting Design (MFA, 2004) from Kent State University and the University of Florida,
respectively. Visit her portfolio at overlaplighting.com