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Julia is a writer from Toronto, Canada, though her work travels all over the world. 
She is a multi-faceted writer who has built a career bringing her distinct voice, intelligence, humour, and imagination to a range of mediums with notable success. 

Coming from theatre, Julia's plays have been produced to acclaim in Los Angeles, Chicago, Toronto, New York, Paris, Boise, Alaska, etc., and nominated for awards including the Los Angeles' Drama Critics' Circle's "Best Production" (losing to... Hamilton). Julia's films have been selections at major festivals, including the Toronto International Film Festival. Her audio pieces have been featured on podcasts internationally. Julia has also contributed personal essays to several publications, and has forthcoming book of poetry.

In advertising, Julia was the recipient of the 2022 Gold Copywriting Award for Craft at the 100th Marketing Awards for writing the commercial spot,
 "WANT."

Most recently, Julia was one of 25 writers shortlisted from 4,718 applicants by the BBC for their Drama Writersroom.


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.

"A brash, poetic, and fiercely original voice."

- NOW Magazine (Toronto)

 

NEWS:

ADVERTISING:

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,

 

This is "WANT" featured on Strategy Online

UPCOMING

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.

I've Been Thinking About Vanishing is being published by Baseline Press, to be released this fall.

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GATHER
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." 
 

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Christopher Acevedo & Erika Wilson in Gather.

JUST MISSED

 

RECENT:

Column Guest Writer: Observables by Rebecca Davey: "on dog videos, jumpsuits and the brilliance of Jeanette Winterson". Read Julia's contribution here. 

"IT'S NOT ME, IT'S YOU -- UNLESS IT'S ME"

For Intermission Magazine.

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. 

The Great Invisible Quake
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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.

Smallbots, a play for Young Audiences, was nominated for 2021 Playwright's Guild of Canada Tom Hendry Award. 
The script is available here. For more information, see THEATRE.

FILM:

IT'S NOTHING selected as "Short of the Week" and by Omeleto

 

Watch the Film:

On Omeleto

"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

As Short of the Week

On This Website

THEATRE/AUDIO:

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. 

Listen to the Trailer.

SEE THE AUDIO PRESS KIT 

 

Contact for information about licensing or listening to the play now.