Julie Jensen photograph collection, 1903-2013

Overview of the Collection

Jensen, Julie
Julie Jensen photograph collection
1903-2013 (inclusive)
114 items, (1 box)
Collection Number
Julie Jensen is an award-winning playwright who taught playwriting at multiple universities and workshops. Born in Utah, in 2014 Jensen moved to Salt Lake City, Utah, to serve as resident playwright for the Salt Lake Acting Company; she has also been affiliated with Salt Lake City's Plan-B Theatre and Pygmalion Theatre. This collection contains photographs and slides documenting Jensen's career as a playwright, including photographs of numerous stage productions of her work.
University of Utah Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections, J. Willard Marriott Library
University of Utah
295 South 1500 East
Salt Lake City, UT

Telephone: 8015818863
Access Restrictions

Twenty-four hour advanced notice encouraged. Materials must be used on-site. Access to parts of this collection may be restricted under provisions of state or federal law.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Julie Jensen was raised in Beaver, Utah where she graduated from Beaver High School. She continued her education at Southern Utah University where she became a founding member in the Utah Shakespearian Festival. Jensen graduated with a B.S. in and M.A. in English from Utah State University in 1965. She had an extensive teaching career which started at Sacramento City College, where she taught English from 1966-1969. After leaving Sacramento City College, Jensen returned to school and earned a Ph.D. in Theatre from Wayne State University (1973-1977) where she simultaneously worked as an instructor in 1976. Following her Ph.D., she became an associate instructor at St. Mary's College at the University of Notre Dame from 1977-1989. From 1989-1990, Jensen worked as term writer for Columbia Pictures Television in Comedy Development. Also, during 1980-1994, Julie Jensen served as an artist-in-residence at the Midwest Playwrights Laboratory, Ossabaw Island Project, MacDowell Colony, Shenandoah Playwrights Retreat, Wolf Pen Writers Colony and Thurber House. In 1994, Jensen returned to teaching as a full-time professor in the Department of Theatre at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 1994. Following her time teaching at University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Julie Jensen returned to Utah to become the resident playwright for the Salt Lake Acting Company where she began working on the play Mockingbird. In Salt Lake City, Jensen works with three theatres: Salt Lake Acting Company, Plan-B Theatre, and Pygmalion Theatre.

During her educational and professional career, Julie Jensen wrote numerous award-winning one-act and full-length plays, all of which have been professionally produced. Her body of work includes Stray Dogs, which won the DBS/FDG award in 1986 and premiered at ARENA Stage in Washington D.C. The ARENA Stage production earned a nomination and was a finalist for the Helen Hayes Award. White Money won the 1990 Kennedy Center Award for New American Plays. Lost Vegas Series was awarded and the Jefferson Citation Award in 1996 for its production at the Zebra Crossing Theatre. Tender Hooks, Last Lists of My Mad Mother, and Two-Headed each won the Mill Mountain Theatre Festival. Julie Jensen also wrote an instructional book on play writing in the late 1990s titled Playwriting Quick and Dirty.

In addition to her work as a playwright and university professor, Jensen frequently gives lectures and coordinates workshops about playwrighting and theater. Additionally, she conducted master classes for the American College Theatre Festival and the Summer Playwrighting Intensive at hte Kennedy Center.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Julie Jensen photograph collection consists of 1 box containing 114 black and white photographs, color photographs, and color slides primarily depicting Julie Jensen's career as a playwright and drama instructor. The collection contains several photograph prints collected by Jensen dating from 1903 and 1909, but the majority of the collection dates from approximately the 1980s to 2013.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances.

Permission to publish material from the Julie Jensen photograph collection must be obtained from the Special Collections Manuscript Curator.

Preferred Citation

Initial Citation: Julie Jensen photograph collection, P1924, Box [ ]. Special Collections and Archives. University of Utah, J. Willard Marriott Library. Salt Lake City, Utah.

Following Citations: P1924.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Arranged by subject

Acquisition Information

Donated by Julie Jensen in 2014.

Processing Note

Processed by Special Collections staff.

Separated Materials

See also the Julie Jensen papers (ACCN 2827) in the Manuscripts Division and the Julie Jensen audio recording (A1197) in the Multimedia Division of Special Collections.

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1 Swing Out, "Staff from Cali" 1909
1 2 Production of A Way Out of No Way by Julie Jensen
1 3 Production of Old Wives Tale
1 4 Unidentified Julie Jensen Production 1997
1 5 Production of Water Lilies by Julie Jensen
1 6 Production of Stray Dogs by Julie Jensen
1 7 Monica Hilton and Jonathon Gibson
1 8 The Lost Vegas Series Play by Julie Jensen Performe at the Zebra Crossing Theatre 1996
1 9 Last Lists of my Mad Mother 1997
1 10 Last Lists of my Mad Mother 2000
1 11 Teeth N' Smiles by David Hare
1 12 Lu Ann Hampton Laverty Oberlander by Preston Jones
1 13 A Touch of the Poet by Eugene O'Neill

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Theater--Photographs
  • Women dramatists--United States

Personal Names

  • Jensen, Julie

Form or Genre Terms

  • black-and-white prints (photographs)
  • color prints (photographs)
  • color slides