NotaBle Acts Playwright Workshop: Voice, Character, Curiosity

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NotaBle Acts’ playwright in residence Julia Lederer will host a free playwriting workshop on Sunday July 23.

Julia Lederer photo by Barcsay Photography

NotaBle Acts’ upcoming playwriting workshop will provide participants with new ways into their work: finding driving questions, images, and characters that excite and surprise them.

Playwright in residence Julia Ledere will share different ways of developing characters, exercises in monologue and dialogue writing, and teach a range of methods to create plays that need to happen in a theatre. If desired, participants will have a chance to hear their work on its feet. The class will also touch on adaptation from theatre to film, and look at the differences in writing for each medium. 

Julia Lederer is an internationally acclaimed writer. Her plays have been produced all over North America and in Europe, in: Los Angeles, Chicago, Alaska, New York, Paris, etc. Her work has been described as: “wonderfully weird, piercingly poetic and unexpectedly moving” (Crain’s Chicago); “laced with sophisticated poetry and wry insight” (LA Times), and as, “ris[ing] to a rare level of universal truth, all while making us laugh. A lot.” (NewCity Chicago). Julia is an alumnae of Nightwood Theatre’s “Write From the Hip” program, the Whistler Film Festival’s Screenwriters Lab, was a 2023 resident playwright at the Banff Centre for the Arts, working on her play, I Am An Island. 

Julia’s films have screened at major festivals worldwide, including: the Toronto International Film Festival, Palm Spring, South By SouthWest, Aesthetica, etc. Her work can be found streaming on CBC Gem, Omeleto, and HighballTV.

Most recently, she adapted her hit play, With Love and a Major Organ, into a feature film that was named “one of the best movies out of SXSW 2023” by Mashable and described as “proof that great stage plays can be adapted into wonderful movies… a whimsical, heartfelt force to be reckoned with” (Dread Central).

Julia worked on Kim’s Convenience (CBC’s emerging writers room), in addition to writing audio dramas, award-winning commercials, and her first chapbook of poetry, I’ve Been Thinking About Vanishing published by Baseline Press. 

Julia bases her work in emotion and a love of language. She approaches everything with a curiosity about the world and how strange it is to be a human here.

Playwright Workshop: Voice, Character, Curiosity | July 23 | Carleton Hall, UNB | 11-3:30 p.m. | To register, email

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