JULIE TEPPERMAN is an actor, playwright and educator, as well as co-artistic director of the Dora-nominated Convergence Theatre, creators of the hit plays AutoShow, The Gladstone Variations and YICHUD (Seclusion). Selected acting credits include: two seasons at The Stratford Festival and their Conservatory for Classical Theatre Training, as well as numerous play-development workshops and appearances at local Toronto theatre festivals, including: The Fringe, Next Stage, Lab Cab, Red and Ashkenaz. Most recently: Out The Window (The Theatre Centre). Upcoming: The Under Room (as part of The Edward Bond Festival) and Mr. Marmalade (Outside the March). As a playwright: ROSY (as part of AutoShow), I Grow Old (as part of The Gladstone Variations – Dora nomination; listed as one of NOW Magazine’s ‘Top Ten Toronto Productions of the Decade’), YICHUD (Seclusion) (Convergence / Theatre Passe Muraille / Mag North; published by Playwrights Canada Press in 2011) and a re-imagining of the August Strindberg play The Father, for Winnipeg Jewish Theatre / MTC’s Master Playwright’s Festival. As an educator, Julie has been an Artist-in-the-Schools with the Stratford Festival’s Teaching Shakespeare Program since 2002, is on faculty at Ryerson University’s Act II Studio, teaches “The Business of Acting” at George Brown Theatre School, has twice facilitated the Paprika Festival’s “Creators’ Unit” and is a regular workshop facilitator with the Luminato Festival. Convergence Theatre was listed as NOW Magazine’s ‘Best Site Specific Theatre Company in Toronto’ (2008), and is currently a Resident Company at Theatre Passe Muraille.
1) Tell us about your turn in the festival and why you’re doing it?
2) Is your number clown, bouffon, character or something else entirely?
3) What is your best clown experience? Either as a performer or a spectator?
4) Your worst?
5) Are there any public figures you consider to be clowns? Why?
6) Tell us a joke.
7) Anything else…?