Julie Gillis is an Oregon-based media maker and public speaker. She uses storytelling to support fundraising, community building, and organizational development so that our systems can become human, more compassionate, and more connected.
Julie loves the art of creating stories-both fiction and non-fiction-in the worlds of theater, film, television, journalism, social media, and podcasting. Julie has worked with authors, documentary filmmakers, theater professionals, storytellers and comedians, all to get their stories into the world.
She speaks, writes, and consults with vulnerability, warmth, and humor as her clients forge the most impactful narrative in their story. She is eager and skilled in consulting and facilitating on difficult topics - grief, sexuality, gender, and anti-racism work.
She is a media maker with over thirty years of experience in writing, film, tv, theater, and comedy, producing community-building events that merge artistic expression and cultural change. A partner with Tilton River Films, she understands the creative process and how important support is to that process.
She has curated, coached, and supported over ten years of community storytelling events in Austin, Dallas, Washington DC, San Francisco, Boulder, Ashland, Atlanta, Edmonton, Alberta, and Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. She produced the only women’s comedy festival in Texas, Ladies Are Funny Festival for six years, and was a founding steering committee member of 14/48 Austin: The Worlds Quickest Theater Festival.
Her consulting work includes non-profit organizations such as Lotus Rising Project, Ashland New Plays Festival, Ashland Children’s Theatre, Twin Heroes Productions, Collaborative Theatre Project, The Rogue Valley Messenger, Salvage Vanguard Theater, The Vortex Rep, The Woodhull Foundation, Lilith Fund, NARAL Pro Choice Texas, New Leaders Council Austin, Shift Stigma, the UT Gender and Sexuality Center, Queerbomb and the Day of the Dead Race.
As a speaker, Julie presents spirited talks on community building and development, storytelling, diversity, public speaking, sexuality, grief, reproductive justice, human rights and LGBTQ advocacy, and creativity. She’s presented at SXSW, TED X Great Hills, Southern Oregon University, The Women’s Leadership Conference at SOU, The AAUW Rogue Valley, Southern Oregon Public Television, The University of Texas at Austin, Woodhull Foundation and emceed at TED X Ashland, The Texas Observer, BedPost Confessions Austin, and many other events. She has coached countless speakers and writers as they shared their projects onstage and off.
Julie’s mission is to help get your story out of you, into the world, with a community where it can thrive.