About Me

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 composer-lyricist and writer from St. Louis based in New York City. She is primarily known for her musical Shimcheong: A Folktale, which received international support online and in the news for asking the question, “What would a Korean Disney Princess look like?”

Her original work has been featured at the American Repertory Theater, Summerstock Austin Texas, The Coterie in Kansas City, Harvard University’s Farkas Hall and Agassiz Theater, AMAS Musical 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.

Julia graduated from Harvard University in May 2022 and is an incoming student at the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop. Despite her love for musical theater, she spent her first two years of college as a pre-med student before finding her footing as a joint-concentrator in Theater and Music. In her sophomore year, observing a lack of Asian students in theater, Julia co-founded the Harvard College Asian Student Arts Project (ASAP), a club created to provide the resources and community for Asian student artists, and co-wrote their first production, a musical called The East Side. She also performed as “Paulette” in ASAP’s all-Asian production of Legally Blonde: The Musical, which received national recognition in fall 2021.

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 MUSE One-on-One Mentorship Program (2021-22) (mentor: Jeanine Tesori). She was also a member of the inaugural Maestra Music Mentorship Program (2020-21) (mentor: Deborah Wicks La Puma).

Julia’s recent works include Alice’s Wonderland, an original musical co-written by J Quinton Johnson (Hamilton on Broadway, In the Heights at the Kennedy Center). Her other works include Jack and the Beanstalk: A Musical Adventure (The A.R.T. 2020 Family Musical), and Thumbelina: A Little Musical (The A.R.T. 2019 Family Musical).

Awards

Mia and David Alpert Harvardwood Artist Launch Fellowship Winner – 2022

Louis Sudler Prize in the Arts Winner – 2022

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

Education

Harvard University (Bachelor of Arts | magna cum laude with highest honors in Theater, Dance, Media (TDM) and Music | Phi Beta Kappa)

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