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Julia is a Philadelphia-based new work dramaturg who is passionate about fostering playwrights, librettists, and composers at all stages of their careers. She is the Director of Education at PlayPenn, a new play development organization, where she curates playwriting courses for adult writers at all levels.

Julia’s recent work includes premieres and workshops with Opera Philadelphia, PEAK Performances at Montclair State University, Music-Theatre Group, the American Repertory Theater, Lincoln Center Theater, the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, and the John Duffy Institute for New Opera, among others.

Julia is a proud member of Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas (LMDA), and serves as their Regional Representative for the Greater Philadelphia area. Julia mentors emerging playwrights at PlayPenn’s writers lab The Foundry, and has served as a reader for the O’Neill’s National Playwrights Conference, SPACE on Ryder Farm, the A.R.T., and Williamstown Theater Festival.

Julia is also a nonprofit strategist who specializes in institution-building, serving organizations including Emma’s Torch, BalletX, The Wilma Theater, Williamstown Theatre Festival, and the A.R.T.

She graduated from Princeton with an A.B. in History, concentrating in Theater and American Studies; and received her M.F.A. in Dramaturgy and Theater Studies from the A.R.T.’s Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard. She completed the National Critics Institute at the O’Neill Theater Center in 2017, where she studied critical writing with Chris Jones of the Chicago Tribune.

When she isn’t working in opera and theater, Julia performs as a French horn player, and received a degree in music performance from The Juilliard School’s Pre-College Division. She served as a section leader for the world premiere of David Lang’s Symphony for a Broken Orchestra with Temple Contemporary in December 2017.

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