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English & Theatre Faculty — Julia Devine

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Julia Devine teaches in the English and Theatre departments. She provides students with experiential learning opportunities and those skills that bridge the humanities classroom with professional know-how. (Read more about community connections in her Grant Writing and Professional Writing classes.) 

Actively engaged with the community, Julia serves as an advisory board member of the college’s Center for Public Service and a board member of the Plattsburgh Renewal Project and 30 City, Plattsburgh’s downtown community center. She also works as a freelance grant writer and nonprofit consultant for local organizations such as The Strand Center for the Arts and Mountain Lake PBS. Her community efforts focus on developing a vibrant arts community for the Adirondack Coast through creative placemaking.

Julia received her M.F.A. from Harvard University’s Institute for Advanced Theatre Training in association with the American Repertory Theatre and Moscow Art Theatre School. She has served professional apprenticeships with the Arden Theatre Company in Philadelphia and Arena Stage in Washington, DC, and was a co-founder of Crescendo Theatre Company in Philadelphia.

Julia has over fifteen years of experience in nonprofit arts development, marketing/communications, and administration. Her professional positions include Managing Director for the Relache Ensemble in Philadelphia and Development Director for Yiddishkayt in Los Angeles. 

Julia has worked professionally as an actress (film, stage, and commercials) in Washington, DC, Toronto, Philadelphia, New York, Boston, Moscow and Los Angeles and as a musician/composer (piano and accordion).

Combining a unique background in arts and cultural management, professional writing, and performance, Julia helps her students become effective communicators, writers, and leaders—those “soft” skills that will get you a job.  

Julia lives in Plattsburgh with her husband, three sons, and daughter.

Education

  • M.F.A., Harvard University’s Institute for Advanced Theatre Training in association with the American Repertory Theatre and Moscow Art Theatre School.
  • B.A., The Catholic University of America.

Teaching Areas         

  • Intro to acting.
  • Grant writing.
  • Professional writing.

Publications

“Grant Writing for the Community: Building Better Citizens in the Professional Writing Classroom.” The Common Good: A SUNY Plattsburgh Journal on Teaching and Learning 2 (2014) http://digitalcommons.plattsburgh.edu/commongood/vol2/iss1/5.

Research Interests

  • Rural arts development.
  • Civic engagement.
  • Professional writing.

Service, Projects & Performances

  • Advisory Board Member, Center for Public Service.
  • Board Member, Plattsburgh Renewal Project.
  • Board Member, 30 City.
  • Coordinated installation of a tile mosaic mural in downtown Plattsburgh, part of the 2015 Festival of Tibetan Arts and Culture produced by Mountain Lake PBS.
  • Conceived of “Town&College” speaker series for the Center of Public Service.
  • Arrange monthly art exhibitions at 30 City and connect faculty to the space.
  • Performer in “Famous Ladies Tea” at the Peru Community Center.
  • Accordion performance at the Strand Center for the Arts and 30 City.

Professional Affiliations

  • Actors’ Equity Association (AEA).
  • Screen Actors Guild (SAG).

“Learn your lines, find your mark, look 'em in the eye and tell 'em the truth.”—Jimmy Cagney

Contact Julia Devine

Office: Myers Fine Arts 124D
Phone: (518) 564-2323
Email: jdevi002@plattsburgh.edu