Bookwriter,Lyricist & Producer

About Jennifer

 Lyricist, Bookwriter & Producer

Jennifer Turliuk is a producer, bookwriter, lyricist and entrepreneur whose theatrical works have been featured by CTV, Toronto Star, NOW Magazine, and more. She is part of the Canadian Musical Theatre Writers Collective’s Writers Workshop (taught by Leslie Arden). Jennifer wrote the book and lyrics for Quarter Life Crisis the Musical, collaborating with composer Lee Cohen (Musical Director at Second City). She produced the show in the Toronto Fringe Festival, where it was one of the top-selling shows and was featured by CTV, the Toronto Star, NOW Magazine, and more. Her play Therapeutic Magic debuted in Canada’s largest 10-minute play festival, the InspiraTO Festival. Jennifer’s training comes from the InspiraTO Playwriting Academy, Bloor West Music Studios, Second City, Theatre Aquarius, Burlington Student Theatre, and Queen’s University. She has performed in musicals, stand-up, improv, salsa dancing, DJing and public speaking. She has written numerous articles – including one of Forbes Greatest Hits (with over 1 million views) – and a book. By day, Jennifer is CEO of MakerKids, which runs technology programs for kids, hires local actors, and has been featured by Wired, the Globe and Mail, Today’s Parent, Breakfast Television, etc. She did marketing for the Canadian launch of Tide Pods (Procter & Gamble’s top launch in 27 years). Jennifer was awarded an Honorary Degree by Humber College for her contributions to society. She attended Queen’s University and NASA’s Singularity University.

Press

“The much-talked about Quarter Life Crisis – a new musical at the Fringe Festival”

“Highlights of Quarter Life Crisis include Rifkin’s beautiful singing voice and talent as an actress, as well as a highly entertaining scene in which she goes for a job interview and is serenaded by four “corporate” clones who entice her to sell her soul and join the corporate world. Songs, such as “I’ve Moved Back Into My Parents’ House” and “I’m in Love With My Therapist” are also particularly memorable.”

“Quarter Life Crisis a very millennial musical.
No job, living with your parents, and feeling more at home online: Fringe musical strikes a chord for too many 25-year-olds.”

Highlighted as part of Top 5 Fringe Trends – Musicals

Works

Quarter Life Crisis the Musical

Lyricist, Bookwriter, Producer

Book and Lyrics by Jennifer Turliuk

Composers: Lee Cohen, Evan Cohen, Dan Hunt
Director/Choreographer: Phil Skala
Musical Director: Lee Cohen

Starring: Jada Rifkin, Elizabeth Morriss, James Cheng, Dalton Bolton, Kierans Jordan

Produced by: Jennifer Turliuk and Marina Pratt as part of the Toronto Fringe Festival
Stage Manager: Justine Cargo

 

*BackDoora Award – Best Female Performance

 

Jennifer wrote the book and lyrics for Quarter Life Crisis the Musical, collaborating with composer Lee Cohen (Musical Director at Second City). She produced the show in the Toronto Fringe Festival, where it was one of the top selling shows according to organizers, with over 700 attendees. The show was featured by CTV, the Toronto Star, NOW Magazine, and more. Star Jada Rifkin won a BackDoora award for her performance. Quarter Life Crisis the Musical was about growing up as a millennial, and included song titles such as “I’ve Moved Back Into My Parents’ House” and “I’m in Love with the Internet”.

 

Learn more on the Quarter Life Crisis the Musical website.

Therapeutic Magic

Bookwriter

Written by: Jennifer Turliuk

Director: Marcus Wolfe

Starring: Karen Scobie, John Marcucci

Produced by: Dominik Loncar as part of the InspiraTO Festival

 

Jennifer wrote a 10-minute play called Therapeutic Magic that debuted in Canada’s largest 10-minute play festival, the InspiraTO Festival.

 

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Bio

Jennifer Turliuk is a producer, book writer and lyricist based in Toronto, Ontario. Jennifer’s theatrical works have been featured in the Toronto Star, NOW Magazine, on CTV, and more.

 

Jennifer wrote the book and lyrics for Quarter Life Crisis the Musical, collaborating with composer Lee Cohen (Musical Director at Second City). She produced the show in the Toronto Fringe Festival, where it was one of the top-selling shows according to organizers, with over 700 attendees. The show was featured by CTV, the Toronto Star, NOW Magazine, and more. Star Jada Rifkin won a BackDoora award for her performance. Quarter Life Crisis the Musical was about growing up as a millennial, and included song titles such as “I’ve Moved Back Into My Parents’ House” and “I’m in Love with the Internet”.

 

Jennifer wrote a 10-minute play called Therapeutic Magic that debuted in Canada’s largest 10-minute play festival, the InspiraTO Festival.

 

Jennifer’s training comes from the Canadian Musical Theatre Writers Collective’s Toronto Writers Workshop (taught by Leslie Arden), InspiraTO Playwriting Academy, Bloor West Music Studios, Second City, Theatre Aquarius, Burlington Student Theatre, Linda Collins School of Dance, Burlington School of Dance, and Queen’s University.

 

Jennifer has performed as an actress in numerous musicals, including at Burlington Student Theatre: Beauty and the Beast (Belle), Cabaret, Grease, 42nd Street, Sound of Music, Phantom of the Opera (Burlington Student Theatre); Hillfield-Strathallan College: Your Own Thing, It’s All in The Timing; Aldershot High School: Guys and Dolls; and various performances at Theatre Aquarius in Hamilton. Jennifer has done many media appearances on TV, including channels such as CTV, CityTV, CBC, and more. She was the lead singer and drummer in a band that performed at bars in Toronto. She has also performed standup comedy, improv, and salsa dancing. Jennifer used to be a DJ, with gigs for Red Bull and Moosehead, weekly residencies, and more.

 

By day, Jennifer is CEO of MakerKids, which runs camps, programs and parties for kids on robotics, coding and Minecraft. She views her service company and its offerings as somewhat of a theatre (with scripts, characters/personas, a ‘set’, and more), and hires local actors and musicians as instructors and brand ambassadors. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, Huffington Post, Fast Company, CBS, etc. She did marketing and PR work for the most-funded Indiegogo campaign outside the US and the Canadian launch of Tide Pods (P&G’s top launch in 27 years). She was recently awarded an Honorary Degree by Humber College for her contributions to society. She attended Queen’s University and Singularity University at NASA.

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