Julie Ritchey is a director-creator who specializes in immersive, participatory theatre for young people and their families. She is a wizard at dynamic performer/audience relationships, new work development, and lo-fi magic.
Julie is on a mission to create a world where young people are valued, supported, and included exactly as they are - not just as future adults. She partners with arts organizations, schools, and caregivers to create theatre that demolishes the hierarchy between young people and grown ups through story and play. Her artistic practice is rooted in a framework of anti-adultist collaboration that values young people as dramaturgs, advisors, creators, and experts rather than merely as audience members or consumers.
The projects in the portfolio below are all available for licensing. For a complete CV, contact Julie.
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In The Grove
A sensory nature play for 18 month-3 year olds celebrating the magic of small things. Co-created with Eleanor Kahn and Miss Katie Sings.
A town that forgot itself finds its way back together. Nominated for the Canadian Playwrights Guild Best New Play for Young Audiences. Co-written with Julia Lederer.
When a child mysteriously appears in a village of forever-adults, the town must grapple with its identity and determine the best way to raise a child. Created with Sarah Hecht.
Prokofiev's Cinderella Suite comes to new life with this joyful, progressive, playful adaptation of the famous fairy tale. Written by Jessica Wright Buha.
The Van Gogh Cafe
A play in five courses where magic is made-to-order. Adapted from the book by Cynthia Rylant by Andrew J. Lampl.
How do you keep on roving when you—or someone you love—faces a dust storm that threatens to block out the sun? Written by Georgette Kelly
The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles
Audiences are at the center of this heartwarming mystery leading us to a celebration of friendship and community. Adapted from Michelle Cuevas's book by Andrew J. Lampl and Mel Pfeffer-Lampl.
Every Brilliant Thing
A play about the little things that make life brilliant. By Duncan MacMillan with Jonny Donahoe.
With Love and a Major Organ
Anabel gives her heart to a stranger she meets on the subway. She needs it back. By Julia Lederer.
The Storm in the Barn
When everyone says you’re too small to be the hero of any story, where do you find the strength to save your family? Adapted by Eric Coble from Matt Phelan's graphic novel.