WHO IS SHE?
Julie Zaffarano is an emerging playwright in the Philadelphia area, whose award-winning scripts have been produced and performed throughout the United States. While her work spans multiple genres and forms, she is devoted to creating strong roles for women, with a special focus on women of a mature age.
Her play, The PlayMakers, was named the winner of the What If? Productions Annual Playwrights Festival Best New Work in Charleston South Carolina, and was produced in June 2017. In 2016, it received readings through PlayPenn as part of the “Readings at the Drake” series (Wilma Theatre, Philadelphia), through A Work in Progress Theatre in Baltimore, earning Julie the title "Playwright of the Month," and through the Philadelphia Dramatists Center Playwrights Showcase. It was also a finalist in the Villanova University Sue Winge Playwriting Competition. In 2015, PlayMakers won the Cloverdale Playhouse “Page to Stage Contest,” where it was workshopped and received a staged reading.
Julie was an Honorable Mention in the Ohio State University New Play Fest 2015, a Finalist for the Strange Sun Theatre Greenhouse 2014, and Semi-Finalist for Actors Theatre of Charlotte Nuvoices. Her newest work, Kentucky Lemonade, was selected for a reading as part of the PDC Readings in Cafes Series in July 2016, and a Semi-Finalist for the O’Neill National Playwrights Conference. This play is currently being workshopped through the Maryland Ensemble Theate.
Her short plays have been produced by Town and Country Players, Pittsburgh New Work Festival, Spring Lake NJ South Street Players, Philadelphia Plays and Players, and Philly Primary Stages.
Julie is involved in local theater as a playwright, director, and performer. Her two murder mysteries, Vintage with a Vengeance and Nailed in Vegas, as well as a fifties themed show, Radio Dazed, have been produced as roadshows throughout the Philadelphia area.
She is a member of the Philadelphia Dramatists Center, Dramatists Guild and Playwrights Center. Julie holds two Masters Degrees: an MA in Classical Studies and an MS in Organization Science from Villanova University. She is currently employed by the Federal government, which affords her an opportunity to see the ridiculous in life. She lives in Broomall, PA with her husband, Dave, and loves spending time with their five children. Find her on the new play exchange here.