Member Info

Julia Bumke

Job Title: Opera and Theater Dramaturg
Organization affiliation:

Music-Theatre Group

Location: Philadelphia, PA
Member since: 2015

M.F.A. Dramaturgy, A.R.T. Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard
A.B. History and Theater, Princeton


Dramaturg, writer, and theater-maker specializing in the development of new music theater projects. Her collaborations include workshops and world premieres with Opera Philadelphia, Music-Theatre Group, the American Repertory Theater, Lincoln Center Theater, the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, and the John Duffy Institute for New Opera, among others. She mentors emerging playwrights at PlayPenn’s emerging writers lab The Foundry, and has served as a reader for the O’Neill’s National Playwrights Conference, SPACE on Ryder Farm, the A.R.T., and Williamstown Theater Festival. She completed the National Critics Institute at the O’Neill Theater Center in 2017, where she studied critical writing with Chris Jones of the Chicago Tribune.

Julia is also a nonprofit strategist who specializes in institution-building, serving organizations including Emma’s Torch, BalletX, The Wilma Theater, Williamstown Theatre Festival, and the A.R.T.

Areas of Expertise:

New opera dramaturgy, new play dramaturgy, music-theater projects, historical research.

Languages Spoken:

Russian, French

Recent Work:

Upcoming: HATUEY, Music-Theatre Group and Peak Performances at Montclair State University (premiere and workshop), 2018
ADA, OR ARDOR, Opera Philadelphia Double Exposure (workshop), 2018
SILUETA, Passage Theatre Company (workshop), 2018

Selected recent: THE WAKE WORLD, Opera Philadelphia 2017
CROSSING, BAM Next Wave Festival 2017 (A.R.T. premiere)
LOOK OUT, Lincoln Center Theater (workshop), 2017

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