Julia is a writer from Toronto, Canada, who brings her distinct voice, humour, and imagination to a variety of mediums, including theatre, film, television, audio, copywriting, and prose. Coming from theatre, Julia's plays have been produced to acclaim across North America and in Europe. Her work has been nominated for awards internationally, including the Los Angeles' Drama Critics' Circle's "Best Production" (losing to... Hamilton), and the Playwrights Guild of Canada's Tom Hendry Awards. Julia's films have been selections at over 30 festivals, including the Toronto International Film Festival, Palm Springs, and Aesthetica. Her work has been published by J.G. Shilllingford Press, Baseline Press, in Intermission Magazine, She Does the City, and featured on The Hidden Station and A Moment of Your Time. Julia was one of 25 writers shortlisted from 4,718 applicants by the BBC for the Drama Writer's Programme.
Julia was the recipient of the 2022 Gold Copywriting Award for Craft at the 100th Marketing Awards for writing the commercial spot, "WANT."
Currently, I've Been Thinking About Vanishing is available for pre-order, and IT'S NOTHING is set to screen in the Netherlands at The Huiskamer Film Festival in October.
Julia approaches her work with curiosity, wit, and a sense of whimsy.
A selection of her work can be found here, in addition to some current projects.
Photo by Barcsay Photography
"A brash, poetic, and fiercely original voice."
- NOW Magazine (Toronto)
RECIPIENT OF THE GOLD COPYWRITING AWARD @ THE 100TH MARKETING AWARDS!
Julia Lederer won the Gold Craft Award for Copywriting on June 15th at the Marketing Awards for "WANT", written for BetterHelp and produced by Untitled Films in Toronto.
The same spot was also short-listed for the prestigious One Show Awards,
Julia's feature film, WITH LOVE AND A MAJOR ORGAN (adapted from the play), is currently in post production.
READ ABOUT IT on Playback: "Award-winning script With Love and a Major Organ rolls in Vancouver"
The film is directed by Kim Albright, produced by Madeleine Davis, and stars Anna Maguire, Hamza Haq, and Veena Sood.
a play about finding our way back together again
by Julia Lederer & Julie Ritchey
premiered at Filament Theatre in Chicago, February-March 2022. This a new play for families, and developed with feedback from Youth Collaborators, ages 5 - 14. Contact for script.
From: The Chicago Reader
"Pronoia [is] the belief that the universe is conspiring in your favor.... Filament Theatre is back with an original production that brings this hopeful and expansive feeling to its audience in delightful and authentic ways."
Christopher Acevedo & Erika Wilson in Gather.
"IT'S NOT ME, IT'S YOU -- UNLESS IT'S ME"
Featured 'Artist Perspective' essay about the struggle to keep the personal and professional separate in a field where the work comes directly from the self. Full piece here.
A new audio piece: The Great Invisible Quake
Performed by Amelia Sargisson, and produced and recorded by Troy Slocum. For more audio work see AUDIO & PROSE.
IT'S NOTHING selected as "Short of the Week" and by Omeleto
Watch the Film:
"While many stories about eating disorders often focus on external behavior, the supreme accomplishment of "It's Nothing" is how it dramatizes the inner battle." -Omeleto
Read Some PRESS:
She Does the City
WITH LOVE AND A MAJOR ORGAN: THE AUDIO PLAY
This radio drama adaptation of the internationally-acclaimed play, written and directed by Julia, launched the Toronto Fringe's PRIMETIME FESTIVAL on November 3rd at 7:30.
Contact for information about licensing or listening to the play now.