North Coast: Hip Hop Improv Comedy

Julia Morales

Julia “Jules” Morales is an actress from Houston, Texas who fell deeply in love with improv comedy. Before graduating at The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York and Los Angeles in 2005, she studied Theatre Arts at the University of Houston in Texas before transferring to AMDA. In 2006, she became a diligent student of improv comedy in Houston with Massive Creativity, an improv troupe founded by MacArthur Antigua from The Second City. She performed on the Houston improv teams, “8 Speed Doll”, “Massive Ladies”, and “Spano’s Breakdown” and has performed in Austin and Chicago before moving to New York City.

In 2008, she became a People’s Improv Theatre (The PIT) student after winning one of three NBC Diversity Scholarships. After completing the required PIT classes, she auditioned for a PIT House Team and has performed with “Senator”, “The Whiskey Rebellion, and currently “Someday (The Cake)”. She currently performs on the indie teams, “Nobody’s Token” an all Black cast of talented comedians and improvisers, “North Coast” a musical rap improv troupe, and “OJ in a Sippy Cup” a two-prov show with her best friend, Oscar Montoya. She also produces and directs the cast of “Mrs Jones” an all Black female show of beautiful and talented comedians and actresses. She has also made regular guest appearances in “The Scene” and “Lucy”. In addition to performing, she coaches indie teams such as “Ladies and Gentleman” and “Suspicious Package”. She has also taught classes in the New York area and in Houston.

Julia founded the 10,000 Hours program, a PIT enrichment program designed for improv students interested in practicing their craft through budget-friendly and organized practice groups. The practice sessions are led by PIT House Team members who donate their time to coach the students on a weekly basis. More than 300 students are currently participating in the 10,000 Hours program. Julia was awarded “The PIT All-Star: award in December 2011.

Words that have been used to describe her are “funny”, “adorable”, “inspiring”, “firey”, and “a bad bitch” (that last one is a good thing… I  promise).

After two successful tours as a performer with Second City Cruise ships, Julia left New York for Chicago…