Julie B Nichols is a Chicago based composer, music director and sound designer. She is an alumna of Second City’s Mainstage in Chicago where she served as music director for four revues, including the Jeff Nominated South Side of Heaven. She then collaborated with The Second City and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago for the critically acclaimed ‘The Art of Falling,’ which has since been remounted in Los Angeles and Chicago. Additional theater credits include Black Side of the Moon (Woolly Mammoth Theater, Washington DC) Almost Accurate Guide to America (Kennedy Center, Washington DC), This Way Outta Santaland (Theater Wit, Chicago) and “The Magic Negro” (Alliance Theater, Atlanta) Film credits include award winning documentary feature “Walk All Night: A Drum Beat Journey,” and Slamdance 2017’s Best Narrative Short “No Other Way To Say It.” Her latest project “Work In Progress” screened at Sundance 2019 to great reviews.
Currently, Julie composes for commercials and teaches and develops new works at The University of Chicago. She is also working on her second feature, "A Voice In The Dark" co-written by Brown Girl's creator Sam Bailey and acclaimed Chicago director Billy Bungeroth. She is the musical director and keyboardist for Chicago's premier soul band “Soul Spectacular.”