Meet the Fool for Love team: Julie Haber

Adam Levonian
Cast & Crew Bios
Jan 22, 2018

We sat down with Julie Haber after rehearsal and she told us about her favorite Sam Shepard lines and seeing with the artistic eye of a stage manager.

Julie Haber (Fool for Love, Magic Theatre 2017). Photo: Katja Gottlieb-Stier.
How did you get into stage managing?

I started out taking photographs of productions in college, and then I thought I’d like to be around the whole process but didn’t know what I might do. A director suggested I try stage managing, and it seemed a great fit for my skill-set.

Your skill-set?

I love being organized. And I love being around creative people but I don't want to be one. I'm not trying to be something else. I have an artistic eye, which is helpful for understanding what artists are saying.

If you could do something completely different for a career, what would it be? 

I really can’t think of anything else I’d have wanted to do! But I always enjoyed photography and thought I might pursue it as a career.

Fred's Diner, Penelope Skinner (Magic Theatre 2015). Dir. Loretta Greco. SM Julie Haber. Katharine Chin (Melissa) and Jessi Campbell (Chloe). Photo: Jennifer Reiley.
Have you worked on other Shepard plays? Which ones? 

I’ve worked on Curse of the Starving Class [Yale Repertory Theatre 1980]. and Buried Child [South Coast Repertory 1986]. Curse of the Starving Class has one of my favorite Shepard lines of all time:

 Do you remember your first experience at the theater? What was the show?

I am pretty sure it was a national tour of My Fair Lady at a theatre in downtown Los Angeles in the late fifties. I was probably about 7 years old. It's one of my earliest and most vivid memories.

Jesus in India, Lloyd Suh (Magic Theatre 2012). Dir. Daniella Topol. SM Julie Haber. Jomar Tagatac (Sushil), Damon Daunno (Jesus), and Bobak Bakhtiari (Gopal). Photo: Jennifer Reiley.
Anything can happen with live performance, do you have a funny moment/embarrassing memory to share where something when wrong with your work? 

Too many to enumerate, actually, both funny and embarrassing. One that sticks in my memory as a real embarrassment occurred during a production of A Lesson From Aloes at Yale Repertory Theatre. I became distracted and wasn’t watching when an actor put his hand on a light switch to turn on the porch light, and it took a moment for me to notice him flipping the switch on and off and looking at the porch light in puzzlement before I realized my error and called the light cue. I apologized for days to the poor actor.

(Header image: Sonia Fernandez.) 
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