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Theatre Faculty — Julia Devine

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Julia Devine received her B.A. in Drama from The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC and her M.F.A. in Acting from Harvard University’s Institute for Advanced Theatre Training in association with the American Repertory Theatre and Moscow Art Theatre School. There, she spent a semester studying in Moscow, Russia. She has also trained with the British-American Drama Academy in Oxford, England and the National Shakespeare Conservatory in NY and served a one-year professional apprenticeship with the Arden Theatre Company in Philadelphia and a literary internship with Arena Stage in Washington. She was a founding member of Crescendo Theatre Company in Philadelphia where she did everything from writing grants and adapting plays to performing.

She has over fourteen years of experience in nonprofit arts development, marketing, and administration. Professional positions include Managing Director for the Relache Ensemble in Philadelphia and Development Director for Yiddishkayt Los Angeles. Currently, she works as a freelance grant writer and nonprofit consultant for a select group of organizations including Centropa, North Country Cultural Center for the Arts, and Mountain Lake PBS.  She has a particular interest in developing a vibrant arts community for the Adirondack Coast.

Devine has worked professionally as an actress (film, stage, and commercials) in Washington, DC, Toronto, Philadelphia, New York, Boston, Moscow and Los Angeles. In addition to acting, she is an accomplished musician (piano and accordion) and has composed original music for plays such as Twelfth Night and Brecht’s A Man is a Man. (Her characters onstage have often played the accordion!) She lived in Los Angeles for six years before moving to Plattsburgh where she now lives with her husband and three sons. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to teach in SUNY Plattsburgh’s Theatre program.

Julia also teaches Grant Writing and Professional Writing in the English department and serves on the Advisory Board of the Center for Public Service.  Check out information on her grant writing class.


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

Teaching Areas and Interests

  • Intro to Acting
  • Experimental/Physical Theatre
  • Music–Theatre Collaboration
  • Speech for the Actor
  • Acting Technique/Styles
  • Shakespeare
  • Chekhov
  • Acting for the Camera
  • Audition Technique
  • Grant Writing
  • Nonprofit development
  • Professional Writing

Recent Productions

  • A Man is a Man
  • Twelfth Night
  • The Provok’d Wife
  • Much Ado About Nothing
  • Love’s Labour’s Lost
  • The Transfiguration of Benno Blimpie
  • Spring Awakening


  • Original Adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s The Tell-Tale Heart for Crescendo Theatre Company

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