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Meet The Writers: Jennifer Turliuk

In our "Meet The Writers" series, we're learning more about the participants of the CMTWC Writers Workshop. The Toronto Writers Workshop meets every two weeks where, under the guidance of Leslie Arden, writers learn and practice the craft of composition and lyric-writing.

What was your introduction to the theatre?

I was enrolled in Burlington Student Theatre's Beauty and the Beast at age 5 and was Belle in the opening number.

When was the moment you decided to write for the theatre?

I was doing an offline retreat and wrote poems for the first time in a while. Then I realized they were all connected and could be a musical!

Whose work do you admire and why?

I admire the writers of Next to Normal because they found amazing ways to integrate mental health into a musical.

How do you like to write? What is your process? Where do you find inspiration?

I like to write alone in total silence. My process is evolving through class. I find inspiration through my life and the lives of my friends.

What do you want to see more of on stage?

Mental health.

If you had to pick one musical cast recording to be your "desert island record" which would it be?

Legally Blonde.

Complete this sentence: "I write because...”

I want to share messages with the world and inspire people to be and do more than they currently are.

What's a tip you have about collaboration?

Find someone you have fun with.