Fast Forward Friday with Julie Crosby

For this week’s Fast Forward Friday, we interviewed producer-manager Julie Crosby. She has worked on more than 100 productions for stage and screen.  She was honored with the Lilly Award for Outstanding Producer in 2013, and named to Forbes’ 40 Over 40 Women to Watch list in 2017. Julie is a member of Women Independent Producers and New York Women in Film & Television. For more information, visit

Q: What are you currently working on? Tell us about it.

Aside from learning how to make biscuits, I’m focused on helping out people in the entertainment industry, which has been hit so hard by the pandemic. 

For the past three years, producer Jane Applegate and I have had a career coaching and production consulting business called Showbizing. We were hired by universities to prepare graduating students in filmmaking, directing, writing, acting, and so forth for the job market. It was a sort of bootcamp about how to navigate the industry, and we really enjoyed being able to share what we’ve learned over many decades in this crazy business.

This past April, we took Showbizing online. We now host a monthly workshop called Focus Your Lens for entertainment professionals, and we have workshops for those who wish to break into showbiz. The response has been wonderful, and it’s very gratifying to be of service right now.

Q: In this current time of unprecedented change and uncertainty, what do you believe your role is in this moment?

To mentor, guide, champion, and listen to artists and creative professionals.  

Q: Who are your artistic heroes – who have had an impact on you and your work?

My heroes are independent producers of film and theater. It is a miracle that anything gets produced outside of corporate and institutional settings. I greatly admire the careers of Elizabeth McCann, Nelle Nugent, and Margo Lion in the theater world. And in film, I am routinely dazzled by my colleagues in Women Independent Producers.

Q: What keeps you motivated and inspired?

Random, small, daily things keep me going — a romping squirrel, a gorgeous sunset, the smell of biscuits baking, laughing with a friend, a good slice of pizza — it doesn’t take much. 

Q: What other projects would you like to tell us about?

When the world rights itself again, I’ll be producing work with my fabulous partners at Cromono International

Q: What is one instance of knowing you are living in your vision?

Hearing audience feedback, preferably positive.

Q: If there were no barriers to entry, what is one thing you would be doing? 

Traveling. COVID-19 has made it ill-advised, if not impossible, to see the world. I look forward to getting back on a plane. 

Q: What has been big your biggest obstacle in achieving your vision?

Producing a show for the stage or screen takes years. I still have to remind myself to enjoy the process and embrace the uncertainty that comes with it; otherwise, it can be pure agony. 

Q: What do you do to stay connected to your creative self?

Take a day off! Seriously, whenever I feel like my muse has ditched me, I know it’s time for a break.   

Q: If you could let go of something that has held you back, what would it be? 

I would love to worry less about people who hold political power. They are a major distraction.

Q: What is your favorite piece of art?

Dante’s Divine Comedy. The breadth and depth of the work are beyond comparison. 

Q: What person do you most admire, living or dead?

I’m too fickle for this question. I’m a huge fan of Laurie Anderson. She’s a brilliant artist and a lovely human being. Joni Mitchell and Alanis Morissette are balm for my soul at times. On the other hand, there’s Mother Theresa, Greta Thunberg, Malala Yousafzai, Stacey Abrams, Elizabeth Warren, and a host of other badass women to choose from!

Q: If you could be known and celebrated for one thing, what would it be?

Producing great shows.

Q: If you could describe yourself in one word what would it be?


Q: What is your guilty pleasure?

Playing Spelling Bee in the New York Times. I can’t start my day until I make it to “Amazing.”

Q: If you could sit down with yourself 15 years ago, what would you say?

Take a day off!

Q: Where would you most like to live?

Manhattan in the fall. Buenos Aires in the winter. Paris in the spring. The Hamptons in the summer.

Q: What is your idea of success?

Manhattan in the fall. Buenos Aires in the winter. Paris in the spring. The Hamptons in the summer.

Q: What is your idea of happiness? 

Hanging out with my partner, Bruce. When possible, we take 10-15 mile walks to and through neighborhoods we don’t know in whatever city we’re in. Those days are priceless.

Q: Final thoughts?

Please wear a mask!

The Latest News from the Zip Creative Community

SHARI BERMAN is in post-production on Sugar! the feature film  that she directed, starring Tony Award winner Alice Ripley and SAG Award winner Robert Clohessy. Concurrently, she is in development for her third feature film, Broken, a tale about a 12 year old Jewish girl who is being haunted by a child who died in the Holocaust. She is also moving forward on a sci fi project, Numbers, in which a young black woman, who lives in a society where people have numbers instead of names, defies the corporate machine to restore her own humanity and possibly save the human race. For more about Shari and her style of work, please visit:

ARI LAURA KREITH, Artistic Director of Theatre 167,  will be directing Mourning Sun at the West End Theatre in Manhattan November 6-December 6.  Set in Ethiopia and New York, Mourning Sun is a new play by Antu Yacob that explores how we transcend sometimes-brutal traditions and find our way to connection and hope. This remarkable love story spans continents and cultures, and celebrates the possibility of finding a true home.

Actor-Writer CHRIS DUNLOP is a London-native and has been living in New York for the past eight years. He is currently collaborating with fellow actor Chinaza Uche on a semi-devised piece that came about by Chris asking himself “What would Mike Leigh be making films about if he was starting out now?”. While he is actively auditioning for theatre, film, TV, and voice-over work, he is also writing a screenplay about loving someone with borderline personality disorder.

Filmmaker AMY GUGGENHEIM just returned from Tokyo where she was working on her feature film When Night Turns To Day  set in New York City about an erotic, gritty love story between a Japanese man and American woman who must find out how their Kendo martial art practice can save their relationship. She is filming an accompanying short documentary focusing on her visits with Master Kendo players, Shinto priests and others to get at “the soul of Kendo.”

Writer-Actor-Producer NAOMI MCDOUGALL JONES is in a period of intensive writing. She is currently working on a new hour-long TV drama series and she recently went to Massachusetts to do research for a new screenplay she is writing about Hammond Castle and its eccentric, billionaire creator John Hays Hammond, Jr. She has also spent the last month writing for a new TV series that she cannot yet announce! For more information about Naomi, visit

Producer TERRY GREENBERG  is hard at work on her third annual Women in Comedy panel for NYWIFT – COMEDY MAKERS: TALES FROM THE DARK SIDE – once again taking place at Caroline’s On Broadway on Tuesday, November 10th.  She is also in the process of launching “pop photo” – specially curated pop-up photography exhibits to be displayed at film festivals and related special events.

Writer ROBERT MOULTHROP’s second short story collection “Elvis’s Dog…Moonbeam and Other Stories” is now available from Amazon  Robert has been named Senior Editor at Orchard Press Mystery This newly revived publishing house is now accepting submissions of stories for new collections (think Noir) and mystery novels in all genres (first 40 pages only).  His short play “Eastport Maine: Transit of Venus” is a finalist for possible production and the prestigious Heideman Award at the Actors’ Theatre of Louisville. His translation/adaptation of the Danish children’s book about death visiting a family, “Cry Heart, but Never Break” by Glenn Ringtved, illustrated by Charlotte Pardi, is scheduled for release by Enchanted Lion Press in early 2016.

Filmmaker KERSTIN KARLHUBER’S first feature film Fair Haven has been acquired by the internationally renowned Little Film Company for world-wide distribution.  The film stars Michael Grant (Secret Life of the American Teenager) and Tom Wopat (Django Unchained, Luke Duke in the classic Dukes of Hazzard series). Robbie Little, Co-President of The Little Film Company, commented, “Fair Haven is a brave, emotional film about love and understanding which explores the repercussions of conversion therapy, a controversial practice which has so far been banned in three states.” Fair Haven’s premiere will be announced soon.  For more about Kerstin, visit

Writer-Director-Producer ARTHUR VINCIE is in pre-production on his supernatural thriller feature Bitter Child (shooting in January) and polishing the script for a dramatic webisodic/feature project, Songs From The Third City (shooting in October).

Composer LAUREN BUCHTER is currently composing the score for a feature length documentary titled, Cherry’s In Season. It is about the owners, workers and patrons of the bar, “Cherry’s” in Fire Island. She is working on two commissioned pieces this fall–a new work for Soprano Pamela Stein Lynde, to be performed with a Chamber Ensemble and accompanying film as part of a full evening length work featuring three female composer and  and aerial dance work for husband and wife team Jacki and Nicolo for their upcoming season.  Other upcoming projects include two short films, a feature length documentary and composing music for production music libraries.

Actor-Producer MARISSA KELTON’S short film Kissed by Inspiration will be screened as part of the NYWIFT’s Short Fiction Night member screening series on September 29, at 7:00pm at the Anthology Film Archives (32 Second Avenue). The screening will be followed by a short Q&A and an informal reception at Cellar 58 a few blocks away. For more information and to register go to:

Documentary Filmmaker LISA D’APOLITO is finishing up directing  LOVE Gilda-The Eternal Spirit of Gilda Radner.   LOVE Gilda is a documentary film that tells the story of  how one beloved comedienne used her honesty and humor and became an inspiration to people living with cancer. Gilda Radner’s story is told by those who knew and loved her and first hand by Gilda in never before seen footage that Gilda made of her experience.  LOVE Gilda is looking for final finishing funds.

Screenwriter-Actress MORGAN ELIZABETH is currently preparing a prospectus and submitting her feature script Eggs for grants and screenplay competitions. Eggs is a low-budget film and she is looking for an experienced independent film producer to on this female-centric, diverse movie with a lot of sass and a lot of heart. She is also reworking her feature script Lips.  She also continues to audition for film and television.

Producer BRONWYN BERRY has launched a new TV production company 2WomanShow, with sister NYWIFT member GERIT QUEALY,  with the aim of developing inspiring content made for women (and some men). Projects in development include a docu-series on the First Ladies (based on a book written by Margaret Truman) and a Women’s Sports Channel. Bronwyn’s docu-series Durban Beach Rescue premiered in 113 countries in 26 languages on Travel Channel International in July. Broadcast rights are available in North and South American and distributor, Sky Vision are looking to secure the broadcast deal. Discussions for Season 2 are in earnest with pre-production scheduled for October in Durban, South Africa.  The show is produced by Ruby Rocket Media.

Producer-Documentary Filmmaker DELORES EDWARDS recently Executive Produced a federally funded video project for one of the Unites States service academies.  She is currently working on her project “Confident Women,” a documentary about women and unemployment.

Hi-Def Makeup Artist  JENNIFER SNOWDON worked on the film No Pay, Nudity, which was directed by Lee Wilkof and stars Gabriel Byrne, Nathan Lane, Frances Conroy and Donna Murphy. It was at the Cannes Market this winter. Before she begins work on two new films in September and October, she will be traveling to points north in Canada for the month of August, visiting both Toronto and Montreal areas for research, to take photos and to begin writing her first screenplay based on an actual experience.

Broadcast Journalist-Documentary Filmmaker MARIA SCAVALONE  is currently in production on a film about the fascinating world of elderly jazz musicians and their life-long financial struggles.  When not filmmaking, she dons a newswoman’s hat, and will be covering the visit of Pope Francis to NYC and the United Nations in September.

Writer JILLIAN ABBOTT’s  big news is her Instagram blog @Themindfulmouth, “A Year of Mindful Eating: Stories from the food I eat.”  South African journalist and social media expert Gus Silber used it at one of his seminars as an example of Instagram as a storytelling platform. See his post about it at  Already a UK food publisher has expressed interest in it as a book, and she hopes to develop it into a Food Network or Travel channel TV series.  In addition to teaching at York College and CUNY, she is  developing a pilot smoking cessation program in Australia based around her interactive iBook Air Quality.

Robert Moulthrop Closes Publishing Deal

Congratulations to Zip Creative client Robert Moulthrop who just closed a publishing deal with Enchanted Lion Books for adapting an award-winning Danish children’s book into English. Cry Heart, But Never Break (English title) by Glenn Ringtved, with illustrations by Charlotte Pardi, is a lyrical and moving story of young siblings dealing with the impending death of their beloved grandmother.

Robin Hoffman’s Article Appears on Huffington Post

Zip Creative client Robin Hoffman has published an article at Huffington Post!  The piece called “Time to Pet Your Fellow Rats: Lessons From My First Staycation” appears in the GPS for the Soul section of the online publishing giant.  Congratulations to Robin on her writing success!

Off-Broadway Run Opens for P.H. Lin’s ZELDA AT THE OASIS

Pat Lin’s play ZELDA AT THE OASIS, is currently enjoying an Off Broadway run at St. Lukes Theatre, 308 West 46th St.  ZELDA AT THE OASIS is about Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald, wife of legendary American novelist, F. Scott Fitzgerald who wants nothing more than to be recognized as an artist in her own right. Two things stand in her way: a growing mental instability and the overbearing shadow of her husband. On this magical night in the 1930’s, Zelda discovers The Club Oasis, a New York City bar where she has escaped to drink alone…until a unique and unexpected friendship is forged with an aspiring musician who plays piano and tends bar at the Oasis.  Vivid and haunting memories are triggered as Zelda transforms the Bar Man into those from her past who have shaped her own self-image. Through this after-hours encounter, they share their dreams, missteps, and insights with one another, hoping to unlock the courage to move forward with their lives. The play features acclaimed performances by Gardner Reed as Zelda and Edwin Cahill as the Bar Man who who plays eight other characters including Scott Fitzgerald, Zelda’s Mother and Ernest Hemingway. The play is directed by Andy Sandberg.  For more information and tickets go to:,