About Julia Riew
Julia Riew is a Korean-American musical theater librettist, composer, and lyricist. A rising senior at Harvard University, she is joint-concentrating in Theater, Dance, Media (TDM) and Music. She grew up in St. Louis, Missouri, and was trained in classical violin for 14 years before moving to New York City with her family.
At Harvard, she has written and co-written several musicals, beginning with Hitched: The 2018 First Year Musical, which was a full length musical written, directed, produced, and performed by first years. Since then, she co-founded the Asian Student Arts Project (ASAP), an organization that aims to provide the resources and community for pan-Asian students in the arts, and co-wrote ASAP’s inaugural production, The East Side: A New Musical.
Julia’s recent works include Thumbelina: A Little Musical, which was commissioned for the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.)’s 2019 Family Musical, Jack and the Beanstalk: A Musical Adventure (A.R.T. 2020 Family Show), and her senior thesis, In the Beginning, which is currently in the works.
Julia was the 2020 recipient of the Radcliffe Doris Cohen Levi Prize, which recognizes the undergraduate who combines talent and energy with outstanding enthusiasm for musical theater at Harvard.
When she’s not attending class or writing musicals, Julia enjoys pop songwriting, reading science fiction, doing puzzles, exercising, and listening to musical theater soundtracks. You can find her on Soundcloud.
The Harvard Gazette: ‘Thumbelina’ carries big message to the stage
The Harvard Crimson: ‘The East Side’ Takes On Asian-American Identity Onstage
The Harvard Crimson: ‘The East Side’ Explores the Struggle of Living in the West
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