2018-02-14 / LifeStyles

Time to get all gussied up, y’all!

‘Oscar(s)’ will be night of entertainment with hostess Julia Fowler

Gaffney’s own Julia Fowler is hosting the Oscar(s), y’all!

Well, the KNOW(2) “A Night at the Oscar(s)” that is. Promising to be a night of fun and entertainment, the annual fundraising dinner will honor local residents who have strived to make Cherokee County a better place to live and work.

“A Night at the Oscar(s)” will be held March 1 in the Broad River Electric Auditorium. Tickets for the event are $50 for VIP, which includes a champagne reception and a chance to meet and greet with Fowler before the event, and $30 for general admission, and can be purchased at The Gaffney Ledger, The Paint Store, BGEN and online at www.know2cherokee.com.

Fowler may be well-known ‘round here for the dance studio she ran with her mother Claudia and her hit “Southern Women Channel,” but the Gaffney native has more to her resume than that. Sit for a spell and read her biography below, y’all!

Julia Fowler is an actor, writer, dancer, singer and producer. She is the creator of the “Southern Women Channel,” a growing YouTube channel with more than 20 million views and a vibrant social media following. Julia writes, directs and acts in all of the videos which have gone viral, been written about in newspapers throughout the South and were featured on “The Today Show.” Due to the popularity of her YouTube channel, Julia landed a book deal with Gibbs-Smith Publishing. Her book, “Talk Southern To Me,” a collection of comedic essays and southernisms, will be released March 6, 2018.

Julia was born and raised in Gaffney, South Carolina. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of South Carolina with a BA in Theatre and Dance and is a proud sister of Chi Omega sorority. While in college, Julia opened a dance studio in Gaffney offering classes in tap, jazz, ballet and clogging. After 17 years of serving as artistic director and building award winning dance teams, Julia sold her dance studio and is thrilled that her hometown community still has a terrific studio in which to study her first love...dance.

In pursuit of her musical theater dreams, Julia left the sweet embrace of the South and moved to New York City. Her Southern heritage and clogging skills helped her land a dream job in the original cast of Broadway’s Tony Award winning revival of “Annie Get Your Gun,” appearing opposite Bernadette Peters and Tom Wopat. In the National Tour of “Annie Get Your Gun,” Julia played the conniving “Dolly Tate” and understudied the role of “Annie Oakley.” She played “Mrs. Potiphar” in the National Tour of “Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” opposite Donny Osmond. She was also cast in the national tour of “Victor/Victoria,” in the Broadway workshop of Tommy Tune’s, “Easter Parade,” and was in the cast of the Hollywood Bow’s 2012 production of “The Producers” directed by Tony award winning, director/choreographer, Susan Stroman. Her favorite regional theater credits include playing “Panacea” in “Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum” at both the Pittsburgh Public Theater and the Redondo Beach Performing Arts Center and “Whoopee” at Theater Under The Stars in Texas.

Julia made the move to Los Angeles to concentrate her acting efforts on television and film and to try her hand at screenwriting. Her very first screenplay, “The Possum Trot Cloggers,” was optioned by New Line Cinema. After developing the project, the studio didn’t make the film citing concerns from the marketing department that the film was “too southern.” This experience is what motivated Julia to create her YouTube channel dedicated to celebrating southern comedy. Director, Howie Deutch and Julia are still actively working to secure financing for “The Possum Trot Cloggers.”

Julia’s TV credits include “Vegas,” “The Closer,” “Up All Night,” “Ugly Betty,” “Life Out Loud” (pilot), “Hollis & Rae” (pilot), “Retreat” (pilot), “Jake in Progress,” “Titus,” “The Man Show,” “PBS Rogers and Hart Special,” “The Tony Awards,” and she was the “Oscar Girl” at the 81st Annual Academy Awards. Julia also created and executive produced a reality pilot for E! titled, “Growing Up Broadway.”

Inspired by her love of the South, Julia writes exclusively from her Southern voice and is dedicated to creating authentic entertainment for the Southern audience. She produced and acted in the indie pilot, “Shalom Y”all,” written by Caryn Lucas, which is being shopped to networks.

She also produced and starred in a reality TV pilot, “Pranks Southern Women Play,” based on the comedy of her YouTube channel with Sara Rea Productions, also being pitched to networks.

In addition to show business, Julia is a certified apparatus Pilates instructor and a certified post rehabilitative breast cancer exercise specialist with a decade of teaching experience. Julia is married to television producer, Sam Sokolow, and currently lives in Venice Beach...clear across the country from her beloved South...bless her heart.

(www.southernwomenchannel.com)

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