Monday, February 6, 2017

Pittsburgh Actress in Cast of Film Scheduled for Feb. 7 DVD Release

Pittsburgh Native Julia Silverman Cast Sylvia Levov in "American Pastoral" Credit: Courtney Lindberg
Pittsburgh home town girl, JULIA SILVERMAN, plays EWAN MCGREGOR’S mother – Sylvia Levov – in Pulitzer Prize winner Philip Roth’s – AMERICAN PASTORAL releasing on DVD February, 7.  This film marks Ewan’s directorial debut and also stars Jennifer Connolly and Dakota Fanning.  And – this masterpiece was filmed in Pittsburgh!

I’ve included Julia’s bio below as well as some images.  We’d love to see if you’d be interested in scheduling some time to speak with Julia phone or email for a “home town girl makes good” feature in conjunction with the AMERICAN PASTORAL DVD release.  Please let me know if I can send additional info or images.  Thank you!

Julia Silverman was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she performed in several local Straw Hat theatres before earning her BFA from Ithaca College. Her first job out of college was an internship at Pittsburgh CLO where she was a driver for the legendary Margaret Hamilton and then went on to share the stage with David Carroll and Ronny Graham in “Damn Yankees”.

In New York, Julia acted in numerous off, and off-off Broadway theatres including LaMama Etc., as well as performing in the theatrical collaborations with John-Michael Tebelak at The Cathedral of St. John the Divine, which produced the first St. Francis “blessing of the animals” day (celebrated by a two page photo in Life magazine!). Her job ushering for the Schubert organization afforded her the invaluable experience of viewing almost every play on Broadway.  Landing a small role in Mike Nichols’ Working Girl, being selected by Woody Allen to roller skate in Radio Days are among the highlights of those NY years. After moving to Los Angeles, Julia accrued many more Film, TV, and regional theatre credits. To date, Julia has appeared in over 90 plays, 24 films and 12 TV shows, among them the wildly popular Gray’s Anatomy, Parks and Recreation, Gilmore Girls and Ray Donovan. You may also have seen her in Brad Paisley’s music video, “Simple Things”, a delightful homage to When Harry Met Sally.

Theatre Company memberships in The West Coast Ensemble, The Classical Theatre Lab and The Group Rep at The Lonny Chapman Theatre brought some of her favorite theatrical experiences – among them the recent “A Thorn in the family Paw” by Garry Kluger, Jules Aaron’s “Equus” with Ian Buchanan, “The Mandrake” with Jessica Kubzansky, “The Paris Letter” (for which she received LA Scenie and Eddon awards), and “Death of a Salesman” with Mark Bramhall and Christine Avila. Her early studies with Michael Shurtleff and Alfred Molina’s Shakespeare tutelage are among her most memorable and defining experiences.

Julia is the voice of myriad Planetarium shows at Griffith Observatory, where she currently narrates shows several days a week.  She has run and walked most of LA having completed three marathons and a triathlon. Her writing has been published in The Huffington Post, the magazines Clinical Lab Products, Imaging Economics and the Griffith Observer. At heart she is a Steel Town girl, and continues to cheer the Steelers and Pirates.

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