About Julie Carmen
Julie Carmen is a licensed psychotherapist with an extensive background as an actress. Born in New York, she came to prominence onscreen in the 1980s, winning an award at the Venice Film Festival for her role in John Cassavetes' "Gloria" opposite Gena Rowlands and Buck Henry. Her acting training was with Sanford Meisner at Neighborhood Playhouse and with Uta Hagen at HB Studios. Julie Carmen was on the Board of Directors of both Women in Film for three years and IFP/West for six years. She received a BS from SUNY in Theater and Choreography; and a Masters in Clinical Psychology from Antioch. Julie is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in private practice in Malibu where, not surprisingly, she treats many actors and women going through life transitions. She is also certified through the International Association of Yoga Therapists and Yoga Alliance at the ERYT-500 level and has been Suzanne Somers' private yoga teacher for the past six years.
Julie was the female lead in more than three dozen feature films, mini-series and movies-of-the-week. After a break-out performance in Robert Redford's "Milagro Beanfield War", Julie starred in "John Carpenter's In The Mouth Of Madness" opposite Sam Neill; "The Penitent" opposite Armand Assante and Raul Julia; "Finding The Way Home" opposite George C. Scott, and "Curacao" opposite George
C. Scott again. Julie played the female lead in Michael Mann's Emmy nominated NBC mini-series "Drugs Wars Part Two: The Cocaine Cartel" and she played Angelina Jolie's mom in the Hallmark mini series "True Women". Julie starred opposite Val Kilmer in "Gore Vidal's Billy the Kid"; opposite John Leguizamo in "King Of The Jungle". Julie developed cult followings for her Vampiress Regine in "Fright Night Part Two" and for Nina, the environmental revolutionary in the HBO series "Dream On". In Europe Julie starred in films for Filmverlaug in Berlin and Boca Boca in Madrid. Julie was in the Broadway production of Luis Valdez's "Zoot Suit" and was the resident choreographer off-Broadway at Intar. As a political activist Julie produced, directed, cast and found funding for two Clio Award winning PSAs called Latino Vote ’92 and LatinA Vote ’94 which are credited with inspiring a million Latinos to register to vote in 1992.
Although Julie considers herself semi-retired as an actress, she relished the opportunity to play the lead in Liz Estrada which the Getty Villa commissioned in 2007 as an update of the Greek anti-war play Lysistrata.
Julie was trained as a Drama Therapist at New York's Cell Block Theater. She designed the Drama Therapy and Yoga Therapy programs at Passages Drug and Alcohol Residential Treatment Center in Malibu where she worked as a clinician for two years. Julie worked at the Los Angeles Unified School District's Pregnant Teens Program and at Monte Nido Eating Disorder Centers.
For the last six years, Julie has been teaching yoga to Suzanne Somers who wrote a Julie Carmen Yoga chapter in her book Ageless, The Naked Truth About Bioidentical Hormones. Julie developed sequencing which she calls Yoga for Hormones and a DVD "Slow Flow Yoga” filmed on location in South Africa for which she created an online distribution company www.YogaTalks.com