Julia Hales is a performer and writer with a 20-year history of working with DADAA to develop and realise her artistic goals. She is active in the WA Down syndrome community, volunteering to work with babies and toddlers with Down syndrome and regularly speaking at Down syndrome events locally and nationally. Julia is a dedicated performer who creates works focused on universal desires of identity, fame and love. She is in constant pursuit of performance opportunities and skill development and has since co-devised her own work and performed at the State Theatre Centre of WA, The Blue Room Theatre, PICA and on ABC radio. Julia’s deeply personal account of her experiences as a daughter, actor, dreamer and person with Down syndrome was captured in the play You Know We Belong Together, which premiered to a sold - out season at Perth Festival in 2018 and was part of Black Swan’s 2019 season.