Interview with ‘Red Thread’ actress Julie Rosier

Detroit Free Press Article
November 20, 2008

Home-schooled until eighth grade and with little access to television, Julie Rosier didn’t know who Lily Tomlin was. But when a local newspaper reviewer singled out Rosier’s performance in a story about Mosaic Youth Theatre, comparing the 13-year-old to the Detroit-born comedian and actress, Rosier did some research. “Here was someone who came from a working class background and had it in her mind that she was going to be an actress,” Rosier, now 28, says of Tomlin. “It gave me the courage to do it, to realize that you can do this for a living.” An open letter to Tomlin, delivered by Rosier as a monologue, is part of “The Red Thread: Interwoven Performance Portraits,” on stage at 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday at the Boll Family YMCA in downtown Detroit. Rosier joins three other Detroiters (Peter Putnam, Cara Graninger and Ce’Ann Yates) in a show best described as a mix of storytelling and social activism. Rosier, who graduated from Renaissance High School and the University of Michigan, got the idea for the show after moving back to Detroit from New York City, where she worked as an actress, director, choreographer and production assistant. Today she is educational coordinator for Mosaic, where the stage bug first bit. She says the name “Red Thread” comes from a Chinese belief that all of our lives are connected. Continue reading