Dr. Longhofer earned her MA/PhD in dramatic literature & theater history from University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 1995. Proud alumna, Wichita State University, 1989. 
For almost 30 years, Julie has directed and costumed dozens of plays & musicals. She continues to act and serve as dramaturg and has taught hundreds of teenagers and college students how to be stronger theater artists. 


Academic Interests and Expertise
  • Greek Tragedy
  • Shakespeare and Renaissance Theater
  • The Moderns (Chekhov, Ibsen, Shaw) 
  • Forms of Comedy  
  • The intersections of theater performance and social history
Areas of Teaching Interest
  • Greek Tragedy
  • Shakespeare and Renaissance Theater
  • The Moderns (Chekhov, Ibsen, Shaw) 
  • Forms of Comedy  
  • The intersections of theater performance and social history
Professional Experience

Adjunct Instructor, WSU Dept of Theater | 2019- present 
- Theater History 1 & 2 
- Directing 1 
- Literary Advisor / Ghostwriter for Voices in the Void, devised live-streamed dramatic production, 2021 
- Dramaturg for The Monty Hall Problem (Ben Connor), 2020 
Director of Theater Arts, Trinity Academy | 2007-2019 
- Intro to Theater & Advanced Acting 
- Stagecraft 
Assistant Professor of Theater (Visiting),  
Wichita State University Dept of Theater | 2000-2003 
- Art of the Theater (Theater Appreciation) 
- Contemporary Theater 
- Theater History 1 & 2 
Dramaturg, Wichita Center for the Arts | 2001-2003 
Adjunct Instructor, John Carroll University (Cleveland) | 1996-1998 
Visiting Lecturer, The Cleveland Playhouse | 1996 
for Anouilh's Antigone 

Clinical Experience

Directing Experience 
Stupid F***ing Bird (Posner) | November 2022 
Translations (Friel) |  2003 
Italian-American Reconciliation (Shanley) | 2002 
Last Train to Nibroc (Hutton) |  2001 
Battle of the Bands (Corrin) | 2003 
TRINITY ACADEMY | 2007 – 2019 
Fully Staged Musicals| $7K - 10K budget 
- A Day in Hollywood / A Night in the Ukraine 
- Beauty and the Beast 
- Carousel 
- Evita 
- The Fantasticks 
- Fiddler on the Roof 
- Godspell 
- Guys and Dolls 
- Joseph & the ...Coat (2x) 
- Kiss Me, Kate 
- Man of La Mancha 
- The Music Man 
- The Mystery of Edwin Drood 
- Oklahoma! 
- Oliver! 
- The Secret Garden 
- Singin' in the Rain 
- Titanic 
- Tuck Everlasting 
Plays | $1K - 2K budget 
- All My Sons 
- And Then There Were None 
- Diary of Anne Frank 
- Harvey 
- Leaving Iowa 
- Little Women 
- Ken Ludwig's Midsummer/Jersey 
- Much Ado About Nothing 
- Our Town 
- Radium Girls 
- Paul Sills' Story Theater 
- You Can't Take It With You 
Design Experience 
Designed Costumes 
for all the above Trinity Productions |  2007 - 2019 
-Costumer, Jake's Women, Wichita Community Theater| 2021 
-Costumer & Stage Manager, Vanya and Sonia and Masha ..., | WCT 2021 
-Props Design, Dial 'M'' for Murder, | WCT 2020 
-Costume Design, Merchant of Venice, Guild Hall Players | 2023 

Awards and Honors
  • 2022–Awarded the Ruth McCormick Outstanding Theater Educator by the Mary Jane Teall Awards Committee 
  • 2019–Invited to attend American High School Theater Festival (Edinburgh Fringe Festival) 
  • While Director of Theater Arts at Trinity Academy (Wichita), honored by Music Theater Wichita’s Jester Awards: 
    2016–Outstanding Scenic Design, Man of La Mancha 
    2015–Outstanding Scenic Design, The Secret Garden 
    2015–Outstanding Director, Pirates of Penzance 
    2015–Outstanding Production, Pirates of Penzance 
    2012–Outstanding Costumes, Beauty and the Beast 
    2010–Outstanding Director, Oklahoma! 
    2010–Outstanding Production, Oklahoma! 
    2008–Outstanding Production, Joseph…and the Dreamcoat 
  • 2001—Mary Jane Teall Honoree, Best City-Wide Play, Last Train to Nibroc (Director), Wichita Summer Theatre 
Other Interests

Audiobooks, Garment-making and Handcrafts, Classical Music, Classic Rock, European History, and Travel.

Additional Information

My adult children are my best friends, and my grandchildren are the delight of my life. Without my 34 years of marriage to a wonderfully supportive man, I’d be in a mental institution. I’m also quite fond of cats.