Julie James (Hester) is the founder and Artistic Director of Jewel Theatre Company where she has directed many productions and performed in The House of Blue Leaves and Sylvia among others. She has also performed with several theatres across the Bay Area and beyond, including Marin Theatre Company, Sierra Repertory Theatre, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, American Musical Theatre of San Jose, California Conservatory Theatre, Center Repertory Theatre, The Willows Theatre, and VITA Shakespeare Festival. Ms. James holds a B.A. in Theatre Arts from Santa Clara University and is getting her Masters in Drama at San Francisco State University. She also teaches theatre at Gavilan College in Gilroy.