Juli Crockett

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Juli Crockett
Image of Juli Crockett
Juli Crockett in 2008
Born August 1, 1975 (1975-08) (age 40)
Enterprise, Alabama, U.S.
Nationality American
Occupation Playwright, theater director, musician, retired professional boxer

Juli Crockett (born August 1, 1975) is an American playwright and theater director, retired professional boxer and amateur champion,[1] lead singer of the alternative country band The Evangenitals, and producer of The 1 Second Film.[2] Born in Coffee County, Enterprise, Alabama she is the daughter of writers Linda Crockett and Daniel Savage Gray.


Crockett studied Theater at Pinellas County Center for the Arts in St. Petersburg, Florida, received a BFA in acting at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts and MFA in directing at the California Institute of the Arts. She received her PhD in the Philosophy of Media and Communication at the European Graduate School in 2013, graduating summa cum laude,[3] where she is the Director of Alumni Relations.[4] Her dissertation, "Void Creation: Theater and the Faith of Signifying Nothing" was published in 2013 by Atropos Press, New York.[5]

Theatre work[edit]

As a playwright/director, Crockett is best known for her adaptations of classic works of literature. The 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, was presented at the 2001 Moby Dick Conference at Hofstra University, and performed by the TENT group in Portland, Maine in 2004.[6] In 2013 the piece was remounted for a reading with the Poor Dog Group prior to publication by Delere Press. The Dawn of Quixote: Chapter the First, an adaptation of the first chapter of Don Quixote by Cervantes, was presented in Los Angeles at the 24th Street Theater and as part of EdgeFest Theater Festival. In 2009, it was presented at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland. Orpheus Crawling, an experimental opera based on the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, was composed by Jeremy Zuckerman, with libretto and direction by Crockett. Orpheus Crawling was workshopped at the 24th Street Theatre and premiered at the NOW Fest at REDCAT in Los Angeles in August 2007.[7] 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 festival.

History of Water and The Dawn of Quixote were also 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 play [or, the whale] was published in 2014 by Delere Press, Singapore, with illustrations by Ivy Maya.[8]

Excerpts of a new play Saint Simone appearing in the Padua Playwrights anthology "I Might Be the Person You Are Talking To" (2015).[9]


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).[10] As an amateur, she was the Blue and Gold National Champion in 2000.[11]

Music career[edit]

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.[12] The band has played at many festivals in the United States and the UK, including Lightning in a Bottle, Eagle Rock Music Festival, Lummis Day, and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland.[13]

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."[14]

In addition to fronting The Evangenitals, Crockett has performed with Cash'd Out, a Johnny Cash tribute band, singing the June Carter parts in their stage show, folk singer Jim Kweskin, and Dorian Wood. Crockett and Lisa Dee also perform outside of the band under the name Crockett Sisters.

In October 2012 Crockett composed and recorded the title music for director Nirvan Mullick's short film Caine's Arcade which became a viral sensation on the Internet and gave birth to the non-profit Imagination Foundation.


Crockett is a vegan, and considers herself a passionate advocate for animal and human rights.

Professional boxing record[edit]

3 Wins (2 knockouts, 1 decisions), 0 Losses, 0 Draws[15]
Res. Record Opponent Type Rd., Time Date Location Notes
Win 3–0 United States Lisa Lovell TKO 3 (4) 2002-09-26 United States Compaq Center, San Jose, California Fight was scheduled for four two-minute rounds
Win 2–0 United States Christine Rodriguez UD 4 (4) 2002-06-18 United States Thoroughbred Club, Del Mar, California Four two-minute rounds
Win 1–0 United States Jocelyn Bearden TKO 1 (4) 2001-11-30 United States Hilton Hotel, Reno, Nevada Professional debut. Fight was scheduled for four two-minute rounds.


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