Featured Artist: Julie Congress

This is a series of posts featuring our artists who are making things happen in and around our great borough of Queens.  Please check back weekly for new posts.

Julie Congress
Julie Congress

Co-Artistic Director, No.11 Productions/Actor

Where were you born?
Alexandria, Virginia

Which Queens neighborhood do you live in and for how long?
I’ve lived in Astoria for over 4 years now! I’ve spent the last 2 years off of the Ditmars stop. And my first apartment in the city was by Steinway, next to the dearly departed Time Cafe, off of what was then the V train. 

How did you get involved in theater?
In 4th grade, I was in a class production of Oedipus (we had a very progressive teacher!) – I played the Oracle of Delphi and made a lot of crazy gargling sounds and have been hooked ever since. I majored in theatre at Skidmore College (with a stint abroad at the Moscow Art Theatre) and loved the ensemble-based approach. Immediately upon graduating from Skidmore, I co-founded No.11 Productions, a non-profit theater company dedicated to creating, developing and touring theatre as an ensemble (www.no11productions). As of this June, we will be at it 6 years and counting!

What do you love most about Queens?
I love living off of an elevated train line! 

Do you have an “only in Queens” moment you’d like to share?
When I was preparing to move to NYC, my roommate-to-be asked me where we should look for an apartment. Without hesitation, I declared “Astoria”. I had never been to Astoria (or to Queens for that matter), but I just knew that this was the place for me!

Your top Queens picks (food, entertainment, sights, etc)?
There are some really neat little bars near my house (Mosaic, Crescent & Vine) and I love wandering through Astoria Park. Oh and Materials for the Arts!


Current/Upcoming projects?
We are remounting our original play-with-music Coosje this summer. In this whimsical love story, inspired by artists Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, two sculptors learn to collaborate in life and art. Meanwhile, a pear falls out of a fruit bowl, gains consciousness and travels the world. We’ll be bringing Coosje up to Saratoga Springs this June and then heading to DC for the Capital Fringe in July.

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