Featured Artist: Julie Tepperman

Our next featured artist is Julie Tepperman, who will be joining us for our Theatre Makers Round Table on Saturday, February 6th. Please remember to register if you’d like to hear Julie (and others) discussing the challenges and rewards of creating “theatre of the real”:

Julie Tepperman Headshot (Cropped)

Julie Tepperman is an actor, playwright and educator, as well as co-artistic director (with Aaron Willis) of Convergence Theatre, twice listed by NOW Magazine as the “Best Site-Specific Theatre Company in Toronto”. Past immersive Convergence productions: AutoShow (one of NOW Magazine’s Top Ten Productions of 2006); The Gladstone Variations (4 Dora nominations; #2 in NOW Magazine’s Top Ten Toronto Productions of the Decade); YICHUD (Seclusion) (published by Playwrights Canada Press; Capital Critics’ Circle nomination for Outstanding Production); the Canadian premiere of Sarah Ruhl’s Passion Play (with Outside the March and Sheep No Wool; Dora Award for Outstanding Ensemble). 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 credits include: 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: YICHUD (Seclusion) (Convergence/Passe Muraille/Magnetic North Festival), I Grow Old (as part of The Gladstone Variations); 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. Arts Education: Julie teaches acting, Shakespeare, playwriting and self-producing workshops for: The Stratford Festival, The Luminato Festival, The Toronto Fringe, Nightwood Theatre, Tarragon Theatre, Ryerson University (Act II Studio), George Brown and Humber Colleges. Recently: BRANTWOOD – a 15hr. immersive musical theatre epic that had audiences following characters all over an abandoned high school (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 on Selfie – a new opera for teens, commissioned by Tapestry Opera. Upcoming: A 20-minute excerpt from her new musical with composer Kevin Wong will be presented as part of Reframed (Acting Up Stage Theatre), this April 12-17 at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Julie will be acting in the play Still at Unit 102 March 1-12, and in Convergence Theatre’s latest immersive production at the 2016 Toronto Fringe.


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