Adjunct Lecturer of English & Theatre
Julia fosters local arts, culture, and civic engagement on and off campus. She teaches in the theatre and English departments with a focus on acting and professional writing. (Read more about community connections in her grant writing and professional writing classes.) She is also co-director of Outside Art: Plattsburgh Public Art Project. Her community efforts focused on developing a vibrant arts community for the Adirondack Coast has been featured on Mountain Lake PBS. In 2015–16, she served as a National Arts Strategies Creative Community Fellow .
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 co-founded Crescendo Theatre Company in Philadelphia.
Julia has over fifteen years of experience in nonprofit arts development, marketing/communications, and administration. Her professional positions have included managing director for the Relache Ensemble in Philadelphia and development director for Yiddishkayt in Los Angeles.
She 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, leaders, and citizens. Julia lives in Plattsburgh with her husband, three sons, daughter, and cat.
- 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
- Introductory Acting
- Advanced Acting
- Grant Writing
- Professional Writing
- Devine, J. (2014). 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(1).
- Burgh — Original short film — Lake Champlain International Film Festival (November 2015), Upper Jay Art Center (March 2016), People’s Pixel Project at the Hyde Collection (April 2016), City of Plattsburgh 4th of July Celebration (July 2016)
- Presenter at the Rural Creative Placemaking Summit at the University of Iowa, October 2016
- Rural arts development
- Creative placemaking
- Civic engagement
- Professional writing
- 2015–16 National Arts Strategies Creative Community Fellowship
Service, Projects, & Performances
- Director, Topdog/Underdog, SUNY Plattsburgh and The Storefront Theatre (a found theatre space) in Downtown Plattsburgh
- Co-Director, Outside Art: Plattsburgh Public Art Project
- Outopia for Pigeons by Justin Maxwell, 30City, Plattsburgh, NY (Actor), 2016
- Performer in “Famous Ladies Tea” at the Peru Community Center
- Accordion performance at the Strand Center for the Arts and 30 City
- Musician (keyboards/accordion) in the music group Famous Letter Writer