Julie Arenal is known for her work on Meet the Parents (2000), The Good Shepherd (2006) and Great Expectations (1998). She is married to Barry Primus. They have one child.
Julie Arenal choreographed the original production of Hair on Broadway, which she later restaged in Europe, as well as Indians and Boccaccio. She has choreographed and directed such shows as Funny Girl in Japan and Jesus Christ Superstar in Sweden. Additionally Julie has choreographed for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Mark Taper Forum, Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, Arena Theater in Washington DC, Shakespeare Festival LA and also for the NYC Opera, LA Opera, Michigan Opera and the San Francisco Opera. As director/choreographer of New York Express Hip Hop Dance Company, she toured China, Japan and Spoleto Festival Italy. Choreography for film credits include The Good Shepherd, Mistress and Great Expectations, and for PBS, American Family. Julie is one of the founders of East L.A. Classic Theatre. She was nominated for the Connecticut Critics Awards as Best choreographer, Best Director, and Best Ensemble for Hair and won Best Director and Best Ensemble. Her work is archived at NYPL at Lincoln Center.