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Julie Holston

Adjunct Faculty

Current Classes

HUM107 - Humanities Through the Arts
THE111 - Introduction to Theatre
THE220 - Modern Drama
THP112 - Acting I
THP201AA - Theatre Production I
THP201AB - Theatre Production II
THP217 - Introduction to Design Scenography
THP268 - Opportunities in Production
THP281 - Production and Acting I
THP282 - Production And Acting II


Julie Holston has been directing, teaching, and producing theatre in the Phoenix area for about 25 years. In addition to academic settings, she works locally as a freelance director/dramaturg with alternative, community and professional theatres. She holds an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Goddard College, and an MA in Theatre/Directing from Roosevelt University. She has presented numerous workshops at state, national and international theatre festivals, and has studied with Tectonic Theatre Project, SITI Company, the Centre for Playback Theatre, Shakespeare & Company, and Augusto and Julian Boal. Currently serving as the Theatre Instructional Council Chair for the Maricopa Community College District, she and her students maintain active involvement in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, where she serves as the Region VIII Circuit 4 Coordinator. Several of the productions Julie has directed at South Mountain Community College and other venues have received ariZoni nominations in multiple categories, including Best Director and Best Overall Production.

  • Has taught theatre in a variety of educational settings for over 25 years
  • Has presented workshops, trainings, and seminars at state, national and international theatre festivals
  • Has been directing and producing theatre for educational, community, and professional theatres for over 25 years, including the Maricopa Community College District, Arizona State University, Phoenix Theatre, Artists Theatre Project, and the Bright Angel Players
  • Freelances locally as a director and dramaturg


  • Master of Fine Arts in Interdisciplinary Arts, Goddard College
  • Master of Arts in Theatre, Emphasis in Directing, Roosevelt University
  • Bachelor of Science in Theatre/English Education, Northern Arizona University
Additional Training & Post-Graduate Work:  
  • Theatre of the Oppressed (various trainings facilitated by Augusto and Julian Boal, Doug Paterson, Victor Cole, Marc Weinblatt)
  • Viewpoints, SITI Company
  • Moment Work I & II, Tectonic Theatre Project
  • Playback Theatre Core Training and Conducting, Centre for Playback Theatre (Jonathan Fox and Jo Salas)
  • Shakespeare & Company Month-Long Intensive, Lenox, Massachusetts
  • Arizona Master Teacher Seminar, Maricopa Community College District
  • Respondents Workshop, Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival
  • Oral History Theatre, 3 graduate credits, University of Las Vegas, Nevada
  • InterACTive Shakespeare Seminar, 3 graduate credits, Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Arizona State University
  • Graduate Education Program 12-credit core sequence, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona


MCCD Committees:

  • Faculty Development Coordinator, SMCC
  • Employee Development Council, SMCC
  • Arizona Theatre Articulation Task Force, Co-Chair
  • MCCD Theatre Instructional Council, Chair
  • Safe Space I & II Facilitator, MCCD
  • Diversity Committee, SMCC
  • Faculty Staffing Committee, SMCC
  • Academic Standards Committee, SMCC
SMCC Student Organizations:
  • Spotlight Productions, Club Advisor
  • GLBSU (Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Straight Union), Club Advisor
Professional Organizations and Affiliations:
  • Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE)
  • Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed (PTO)
  • Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, Region VIII Circuit 4 Coordinator
  • ariZoni Theatre Awards Board of Directors
  • Theatre Communications Group
  • Arizona Theatre Alliance Board of Directors
  • Arizona State Thespian Board of Directors
  • Literary Managers and Dramaturgs of the Americas
  • Educational Theatre Association
  • GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network)


  • Diversity Awards Council Award of Excellence, MCCD
  • ariZoni Theatre Awards of Excellence (multiple nominations and awards)
  • Commitment to Excellence Award, Tolleson Union High School District
  • Excellence in Education Award, Apache Junction High School District (three-time recipient)


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