Julie E. Ballard is a Chicago-based professional theatrical technician affiliated with IATSE Local 2 and Actors’ Equity Association, and 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 Chicago (Same Planet/Different World, RPM Productions, Kristina Isabelle Dance), Cleveland (Marquez Dance Project, Travesty Dance), and St. Louis, where she has worked as a visiting technician, designer, and stage manager for the Emerson Spring to Dance festival since 2011, in addition to touring nationally and internationally.
Ms. Ballard has served as the Production/Stage Manager for the American Dance Festival (2003-2004) and Lighting Supervisor for David Dorfman Dance (2006-2008). Upcoming engagements include the JOMBA! Contemporary Dance Festival in Durbin, South Africa and a multi-city national tour with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. Ms. Ballard holds degrees in Theater (BA, 1999) and Lighting Design (MFA, 2004) from Kent State University and the University of Florida, respectively. Julie Ballard has been an Associate Artist with Voice of the City since 2012. Visit her portfolio at www.overlaplighting.com