Hi! I’m Julia, and my dream is to spearhead the next generation of family musicals, and to help foster a movement of cultural appreciation, rather than appropriation, within the musical theater world and the film musical industry.
About Julia Riew
Julia Riew is a Korean-American musical theater composer-lyricist and librettist. Born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, Julia grew up playing the violin, singing along to Broadway soundtracks in the family car, and watching countless Disney movies.
Julia was the inaugural recipient of the Musicians United for Social Equity (MUSE) Linda Twine Scholarship (2021) as well as a member of the first Maestra Music Mentorship Program (2020-21). Her original work has been featured at the American Repertory Theater, Harvard University’s Farkas Hall and Agassiz Theater, The UNC-Greensboro School of Theater, Nora Theater Company at Central Square Theater, The Harvard Art Lab, University of Missouri, The Community Music School of Webster University, and John Burroughs High School.
Some of Julia’s recent works include Jack and the Beanstalk: A Musical Adventure, which was commissioned for the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.)’s 2020 Family Musical, Thumbelina: A Little Musical (The A.R.T. 2019 Family Musical), and The East Side: A New Musical, which is currently being developed under a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) at Nora Theater Company in Central Square.
At Harvard, she co-founded the Harvard College Asian Student Arts Project (ASAP), a club created to provide the resources and community for Asian student artists, and was the recipient of the 2020 Radcliffe Doris Cohen Levi Musical Theater Prize, as well as a John Harvard Scholar.
When she’s not attending class or writing musicals, Julia enjoys pop songwriting, reading science fiction, doing puzzles, and listening to musical theater soundtracks.
OCTOBER 6th – 12th: 29-Hour Reading of Alice’s Wonderland at AMAS Musical Theater, directed by Stephanie Klemons
DECEMBER 17th – 22nd and 27th – 31st: Jack and the Beanstalk LIVE at the American Repertory Theater, directed by Rebecca Aparicio, music directed by Ian Chan
JANUARY 9th – 23rd: 29-Hour Reading of The East Side at Central Square Theater, directed by Michael Hisamoto, music directed by Ian Chan
JUNE 21st – AUGUST 7th: Premiere of Alice’s Wonderland at The Coterie Theater, directed by Nik Whitcomb, music directed by Delano Mendoza
The MUSE Linda Twine Scholarship Winner – 2021
Apples and Oranges THEater ACCELERATOR Winner for Alice’s Wonderland – Spring 2021
Radcliffe Doris Cohen Levi Musical Theater Prize Winner – 2020
Broadway World: Cast Album Released For Family Musical JACK AND THE BEANSTALK
The Harvard Gazette: A beloved holiday theater tradition, remote but not forgotten
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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