Julia Bumke is a new work dramaturg and nonprofit strategist who is passionate about fostering composers, librettists, and playwrights at all stages of their careers. She collaborates with opera and theater artists to craft singular pieces, bringing them back to their founding intention for their projects as a combination of editor, advocate, and trusted confidante. Her recent and upcoming work includes premieres and workshops with Opera Philadelphia, Curtis Institute of Music, PlayPenn, Oberlin Conservatory, PEAK Performances at Montclair State University, Music-Theatre Group, the American Repertory Theater, Lincoln Center Theater, and the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, among others.

Julia also works with clients as a nonprofit strategist, with projects in New York and Philadelphia. She is currently the Development Director for Sō Percussion, an internationally-acclaimed new music ensemble based in Brooklyn. Julia’s recent clients include BalletX, a contemporary ballet company specializing in world premieres; Emma’s Torch, which empowers refugees through culinary education; and Directors Gathering, a service organization for theater directors. She has held positions in development and marketing at The Wilma Theater, Williamstown Theatre Festival, and the American Repertory Theater.

Julia received her A.B. from Princeton, and her M.F.A. in Dramaturgy from A.R.T.’s Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard. Her musical background stems from a degree in French horn performance from The Juilliard School’s Pre-College Division.

Click below to watch Julia discuss the creative process behind David Hertzberg’s THE WAKE WORLD (winner, Best New Opera, Music Critics Association of North America) with its composer and director: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ve7XtgFUp4M