La Jolla Playhouse
La Jolla Playhouse Director of Education and Outreach and Julia Cuppy, Associate Director of Education and Outreach
Steve McCormick has been the Director of Education and Outreach for La Jolla Playhouse since 2006. During his time at the Playhouse he has commissioned world premiere productions for youth from high profile playwrights such as Will Power, Kathryn Walat and Rhiana Yazzie. Prior to his time at the Playhouse, Mr. McCormick served as Associate Artistic Director and Education Director for First Stage Children’s Theater in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Over the course of his 15 year relationship with First Stage Mr. McCormick directed productions including Sideways Stories From Wayside School, Two Donuts, Ramona Quimby and A Taste of Sunrise and appeared in numerous productions as an actor. Mr. McCormick has also worked as an educator and/or performer for Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Utah Shakespearean Festival, Nashville Children's Theatre, Childsplay, Arkansas Children's Theatre, National Theatre of the Deaf, Arizona State University, Illinois Shakespeare Festival, Springer Opera House and the Tennessee School for the Blind.
He can also be heard playing various aquatic life in multiple video games for the SpongeBob Squarepants TV series. He completed his Master of Fine Arts in Theatre for Youth from Arizona State University in 2001.
Actor. Educator. Director. Dramaturg. For the last 12 years, Julia has enjoyed engaging students in the classroom and audiences from the stage. As an actor, she has performed in theatres across Oregon and California. As an educator, she has taught Theatre at the secondary and college level. Most recently, she taught Acting and Musical Theatre History at San Diego State University. This last May, she was invited to teach a masterclass titled “Booked It!"
Auditioning for the Musical Theatre” at the Elizabethan Education Centre in Taipei, Taiwan. In San Diego, she is the Associate Director of Education and Outreach at La Jolla Playhouse (LJP) where she manages the many in-school programs across San Diego county, hosts professional development opportunities for teachers and oversees the summer Young Performers Workshop and Young Performers Academy. As a director, she has directed and produced over 40 productions ranging from Shakespeare to Sondheim.
She was recently selected as a recipient of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Foundation Directing Observership for 2016 - 2017. As a dramaturg, she established Libretto Media, a company that provides dramaturgical services to creative teams that are developing new musical theatre. She holds a Master of Arts in Teaching in Theatre and English from Southern Oregon University and a Masters of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre from San Diego State University.
La Jolla Playhouse
The Tony Award-winning La Jolla Playhouse is internationally-renowned for creating some of the most exciting and adventurous work in American theatre, through its new play development initiatives, its innovative Without Walls series, artist residencies and commissions.
Led by Artistic Director Christopher Ashley and Managing Director Michael S. Rosenberg, the Playhouse was founded in 1947 by Gregory Peck, Dorothy McGuire and Mel Ferrer, and reborn in 1983 under the artistic leadership of Des McAnuff, La Jolla Playhouse has had 28 productions transfer to Broadway, garnering 35 Tony Awards, among them the currently-running, Tony Award-nominated Come From Away and Indecent, as well as Jersey Boys, Memphis, The Who’s Tommy, Big River, as well as Billy Crystal’s 700 Sundays and the Pulitzer Prize-winning I Am My Own Wife, both fostered as part of the Playhouse’s Page To Stage Program.