1. How did you first get interested in theatre?
I fell in love with the theatre from the seats of the Red Barn when I was 8 years old.
2. What was the first play you appeared in or worked on?
“The Pajama Game” 1999
3. When did you work at the Red Barn?
4. What shows do you most remember?
Watching: Brigadoon, Cabaret, The Boys Next Door (both), Catch a Falling Star, Two by Two, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Avenue Q, Tarzan
Performing: The Pajama Game, Girl Crazy, The Country Club
5. Where do you live now?
6. What are you doing now career-wise?
I am the Director of Education and Outreach at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. My degree is in Elementary Education so I also spend a lot of time in schools leading drama-in-literacy programs.
7. Let us know a bit about your family?
My oldest daughter Molly (born 2008) was named after the role I played in “Girl Crazy.” I met her dad (Matt Miller) while working at the Barn, and we were married in 2005. Life happened and now I am remarried to Brant Baumann, a copywriter with the marketing agency NewPoint in Lafayette. We have one daughter, Stevie, born in 2017. He has two adult sons, Gabe and Jared who are living on their own and adulting.
8. Anything else you’d like to share about your life or life at the Red Barn?
My first love was the theatre, and it all happened at the Red Barn. My grandmother (Jean Doan Bache) took me every summer to the shows, always the musicals. I vividly recall riding home from the Barn in the backseat and staring up at the starry sky above the cornfields and dreaming of a life where I got to be on stage. I would go home and practice the songs and lines in my mirror when I got home. I begged my parents to call “Mr. Henderson” every summer to see if he needed a little girl in a show. I will never forget opening night of “The Pajama Game.” I sat in my car and wept tears of gratitude that my dream was coming true. I remember asking Mr. Henderson one summer, “Do you ever just stop and look around here and think about all you’ve done here? Aren’t you a little amazed at it all?” He was very humble. But I will say, he made this little girl’s dreams come true. He gave me incredible opportunities that allowed me to meet my first love (both the theatre and my first husband), and it started me on the path to a career that I absolutely love. I am forever grateful to The Barn. ❤️
9. If someone wanted to follow you or get in touch with you, where could they find you?
Facebook: Julie Baumann
The Country Club, 2005
Bedfull of Foreigners, 2005
SPIRIT Theatre group of adults with special needs where Julie directed for 3 years.
Julie and her daughter at one of Molly's first shows that was directed by Julie at the elementary school where she taught.
Julie and her family