Julie Tepperman, librettist

Julie Tepperman is an actor, playwright and educator, as well as co-artistic director (with Aaron Willis) of Convergence Theatre, thrice listed by NOW Magazine as the “Best Site-Specific Theatre Company in Toronto”.

Past immersive Convergence productions:

The Unending (amongst several “best of” critics’ picks of 2015); the Canadian premiere of Sarah Ruhl’s Passion Play (with Outside the March and Sheep No Wool; Dora Award for Outstanding Ensemble), YICHUD (Seclusion) (published by Playwrights Canada Press; Capital Critics’ Circle nomination for Outstanding Production; one of NOW Magazine’s Top Ten Productions of 2010); The Gladstone Variations (4 Dora nominations; #2 in NOW Magazine’s Top Ten Toronto Productions of the Decade); AutoShow (one of NOW Magazine’s Top Ten Productions of 2006).

Selected acting: 

Julie has acted at theatres across Toronto, as well as two seasons at The Stratford Festival, and the Birmingham Conservatory for Classical Theatre Training. Favourite recent acting credits include: Radiant Vermin (Precisely Peter Productions), The Unending (Convergence); Still (Binocular Theatre); Tease (Crows’ Theatre/East End Performance Crawl); Passion Play (Convergence/Outside the March/Sheep No Wool); Mr. Marmalade (OtM); Out The Window (The Theatre Centre).

Selected playwriting: 

The Unending (a re-imagining of Strindberg’s The Stronger and What Doesn’t Kill You…); YICHUD (Seclusion) (Convergence/Passe Muraille/Magnetic North), I Grow Old (as part of The Gladstone Variations; Dora nomination)ROSY (as part of AutoShow); a re-imagining of the August Strindberg play The Father (Winnipeg Jewish Theatre). Julie was Playwright-In-Residence at Theatre Passe Muraille in 2010/11 with the support of the Canada Council and is a participant in the Stratford Festival’s 2017 Playwright Retreat. 

Recently:

BRANTWOOD – a 15hr. immersive choose-your-own-adventure musical that had audiences following characters all over an abandoned high school (co-created, written and directed with Mitchell Cushman, as part of Sheridan’s Canadian Musical Theatre Project.)

Currently:

Julie continues to collaborate with composer Christopher Thornborrow and dramaturge-director Richard Greenblatt on Hook Up, a new opera for teens, commissioned by Tapestry Opera, as well as a new musical with composer Kevin Wong for Musical Stage Company.

Other:

Julie is proud to be the Board President of Generator (generatorto.com) and was humbled to be awarded a Harold in 2016 for her work in Indie Theatre.

Upcoming:

Her next “production” Baby T (working title) with husband Aaron Willis, is due at the end of October.

 

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