Julie Tepperman is an actor, playwright, and educator, as well as co-artistic director (with Aaron Willis) of Convergence Theatre, creators of the hit plays AutoShow (2006), The Gladstone Variations (2007 & 2008) and YICHUD (Seclusion) (2009-2011). In June 2013, they co-produced (along with Outside the March and Sheep No Wool) the Canadian premiere of Sarah Ruhl’s three-part epic Passion Play, which was nominated for a Dora award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble.
Julie's playwriting credits include: YICHUD (Seclusion) (Convergence/Theatre Passe Muraille/Magnetic North Theatre Festival; published by Playwrights Canada Press, nominated for a Capital Critics' Circle Award), I Grow Old (as part of The Gladstone Variations – 4 Dora nominations; listed as one of NOW Magazine’s “Top Ten Toronto Productions of the Decade”), ROSY (as part of AutoShow), and a re-imagining of the August Strindberg play The Father (Winnipeg Jewish Theatre/Manitoba Theatre Centre’s 2011 Master Playwright’s Festival).
Julie has received numerous OAC Theatre Creators’ Reserves, was Playwright-In-Residence at Theatre Passe Muraille in 2010-11 with the support of the Canada Council, was one of three Canadian playwrights selected to participate in Acting Up Stage Company’s 2013 “NoteWorthy” program under the direction of Robert McQueen, and was one of four Canadian playwrights selected to participate in Tapestry New Opera’s 2013 “LibLab” program, where she is currently collaborating with composer Christopher Thornborrow on the creation of a new opera for teens: Cindy + Mindy = BFs 4EVR!!!
Selected acting credits include: TEASE (as part of Crow's Theatre's Solo Festival for which she appeared on the cover of NOW Magazine), Mary 2 in Passion Play, The Audience Guide in Mr. Marmalade (Outside The March; Dora award for Outstanding Indie Production), Liza in Out The Window (The Theatre Centre), Rachel in YICHUD (Seclusion), two seasons at The Stratford Festival (All’s Well That Ends Well, Agamemnon, Electra, The Flies, The Swanne – Part Two) as well as their Conservatory for Classical Theatre Training.
As an educator, Julie has been an Artist-in-the-Schools with the Stratford Festival’s Teaching Shakespeare Program since 2002, is on faculty at Ryerson University’s Act II Studio, teaches “The Business of Acting” at George Brown Theatre School (where she herself graduated in 2001), has mentored the graduating class at Humber College for their “Backspace Project”, has twice facilitated the Paprika Festival’s Creators’ Unit, and is a regular workshop facilitator with the Luminato Festival. Julie teaches self-producing workshops for the Toronto Fringe Festival, Nightwood Theatre and Convergence Theatre, as well as her own workshop "Playwriting for Actors".
Julie has been nominated for the K.M. Hunter Artist Award (OAC), is an active member of TAPA's Indie Caucus and Theatres Leading Change, and was part of the core organizing team of Toronto's Wrecking Ball from 2009-2013. NOW Magazine has listed Convergence Theatre as the "Best Site-Specific Theatre Company in Toronto", and Aaron & Julie have been listed as "Toronto's Most Respected Theatre Duo". UPCOMING: Co-creating Brantwood, a 10hr. site-specific extravaganza for Sheridan Musical Theatre School with Mitchell Cushman in April 2015.