June Angela

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June Angela
Born August 18, 1959
Occupation Actress, singer, tap dancer
Years active 1971-present
Website http://www.juneangela.com/

June Angela Profanato (born August 18, 1959) is a Japanese American[1] actress, singer, and dancer. Her best-known role is that of Julie, the mainstay member of the "Short Circus" featured in the PBS children's television series The Electric Company during its entire six-year run.

The Short Circus[edit]

As Julie, Angela grew up on The Electric Company. She was awarded an Emmy of Honor for her work on the series.[2] Angela sang on the Grammy Award-winning 1971 soundtrack album of The Electric Company as well. Angela said she named her Short Circus character Julie after her idol at the time, Julie Andrews.[2]

Career highlights[edit]

When The Electric Company wrapped production, Angela worked in theater. She was nominated for Broadway's Tony and Drama Desk Award as Best Leading Actress in a Musical for Shogun: The Musical. Additional theater credits include Tuptim in the Broadway & London Palladium Revival of The King and I with Yul Brynner and starring in many world premieres including Sayonara[3] and Off-Broadway's Cambodia Agonistes at Pan Asian Repertory Theatre.[4] For Velena Hasu Houston's Tea,[5] she won a Theater Guild Award for Best Lead Actress.[2]

Angela has also appeared on television. TV credits include being a regular on the series Mr. T and Tina with Pat Morita; starring in American Geisha and David Henry Hwang's Blind Alleys; recurring on Mad-TV; co-starring on ER; Step By Step; Hannah Montana, and Dexter. She was also on the Emmy-Award-winning special Free to be You and Me.[6][7]

Her voice work includes the Emmy-Award-winning series The Big Blue Marble, Nickelodeon's The Wild Thornberrys, Danny Phantom and Walt Disney Studios' English dub of the acclaimed, Japanese Miyazaki animated film Kiki's Delivery Service for which she does voices and is also co-writer of Soaring, the main title song.[6]

June Angela holds the distinction of making the youngest solo soprano debut at age 10 as Flora in Benjamin Britten's The Turn of the Screw with the New York City Opera at Lincoln Center.[8] Later, Angela's solo CD, released on Original Cast Records, features a full orchestra on songs from shows she has done, including a medley from The Electric Company, as well as several jazz numbers.[2]

Angela was interviewed for the 2006 DVD release of The Best of The Electric Company. Angela was one of several Electric Company alumni (along with Morgan Freeman and Rita Moreno and Children's Television Workshop founder Joan Ganz Cooney) who shared their memories of working on the show.[2]

Angela was levitated atop the World Trade Center by Doug Henning in the "highest levitation in the world".[9] In June 1976, the photo was featured on the cover of The Electric Company Magazine.[10]


  1. ^ Story, Richard David (1990-09-10). "$6-million Worth of Snowstorms, Shipwrecks, and Seppuku in James Clavell's Shogun". New York Magazine: 38. 
  2. ^ a b c d e June Angela - the official homepage
  3. ^ Klein, Alvin (October 18, 1987). "Theater; Sumptuous 'Sayonara' at Paper Mill". The New York Times. Retrieved April 20, 2014. 
  4. ^ Gussow, Mel (November 13, 1992). "Review/Theater; Destroying Its People, A Nation Loses its Soul". The New York Times. Retrieved April 20, 2014. 
  5. ^ Foley, F. Kathleen (September 22, 1995). "'Tea' Makes Strong Feminist Statement". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 20, 2014. 
  6. ^ a b "June Angela - Biography". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved April 20, 2014. 
  7. ^ ""Sisters And Brothers" from Free to be You and Me". YouTube. Retrieved April 20, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Bejamin Britten's The Turn of the Screw performed in English". Operadis-Opera-Discography.org.uk. Retrieved April 20, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Doug Henning, June Angela Defy Gravity on High, Photo's Unretouched, Folks". Eugene Register-Guard. April 25, 1976. Retrieved April 20, 2014. 
  10. ^ "1976 The Electric Company Magazine, Magician Doug Henning Cover". eBay. Retrieved April 20, 2014. 

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