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