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Juli Crockett in 2008
August 1, 1975 (age 38)
Enterprise, Alabama, U.S.
|Occupation||Playwright, theater director, musician, retired professional boxer|
Juli Crockett (born August 1, 1975) is a playwright and theater director, retired professional boxer and amateur champion, lead singer of the alternative country band The Evangenitals, and producer of The 1 Second Film. Born in Coffee County, Enterprise, Alabama she is the daughter of writers Linda Crockett and Daniel Savage Gray.
Crockett began her education in Theater at Pinellas County Center for the Arts in St. Petersburg, Florida. She later went on to receive a BFA in acting at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and an MFA in directing at the California Institute of the Arts, where she also serves on the Alumni Association's Board of Directors. Currently she is pursuing her PhD in the Philosophy of Media and Communication at the European Graduate School where she is the Director of Alumni Relations.
As a playwright/director, Crockett is best known for her adaptations of classic works of literature and philosophy. Her spoken word opera (or, the whale)—an adaptation of Herman Melville's Moby-Dick written and directed by Crockett with music by sonic artist and Avatar: The Last Airbender composer Jeremy Zuckerman—debuted in Los Angeles in 2001. It was also presented at the 2001 Moby Dick Conference at Hofstra University and also performed by the TENT group in Portland, Maine. The Dawn of Quixote: Chapter the First, an adaptation of the first chapter of Don Quixote by Cervantes, has been performed several times in Los Angeles. Most recently, the play was presented at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland at Venue 13, produced in part by California Institute of the Arts. Crockett's band, The Evangenitals, provided the live score for the play. Orpheus Crawling, an experimental opera based on the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, was composed by Zuckerman, with libretto and direction by Crockett. Orpheus Crawling was workshopped at the 24th Street Theatre and premiered in NOW Fest at the REDCAT in Los Angeles in August 2007. Crockett's original work, History of Water, premiered at the 24th Street Theater's Saturday Explorer Series on May 10, 2008 and was performed as part of the Downtown Film Festival's Sustainable LA festivities.
History of Water and The Dawn of Quixote were later adapted into radio dramas and performed on KPFK's Pacifica Performance Showcase.
Crockett's directing-only credits include Bertolt Brecht's In The Jungle of Cities at the Red Room in New York City, Living in Boxes at the Salvation Theater in Los Angeles, and the US Premier of R. Murray Schafer's Loving at the CalArts Modular Theater.
Crockett's boxing career was brought to the attention of the general public in 2005 after being mentioned in several media outlets, including Sports Illustrated and US News, due to her professional connection to F.X. Toole and the film Million Dollar Baby.
Her brief boxing career ended when she retired undefeated at 3-0 (2 KO's).
The Evangenitals, which Crockett co-founded singer Lisa Dee in 2003, has earned praise from some of the media for their neo-folk style of music.
Writer Colum McCann spoke in an interview of Juli Crockett and the music of the Evangenitals saying, "For pure craziness, there are lots of other bands, including one that I can't write to but I've become a big fan; they're called the Evangenitals. They're from Los Angeles. One of the front singers is a former boxer-slash-philosopher. She's a fantastic singer. Her name is Juli Crockett."
In addition to fronting The Evangenitals, Crockett also performs with Cash'd Out, a Johnny Cash tribute band, singing the June Carter parts in their stage show. Crockett and Lisa Dee also perform outside of the band under the name Evangina.
- WBAN Boxing Record for Crockett[dead link]
- "Juli Crockett". The 1 Second Film. 1969-12-31. Retrieved 2012-06-29.
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- Juli Crockett. Administration. European Graduate School
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- "Interviews (Page 1) - Powell's Books". Powells.com. Retrieved 2012-06-29.
- "Streisand, Betsy. A Million Dollar Maybe" US News and World Review, February 14, 2005
- Juli Crockett Producer Profile for The 1 Second Film
- Evangenitals Official Site
- Evangina Official Site