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Joel Shura

Assistant Professor of Directing


Joined ISU Faculty in 2018

Joel Shura is the Head of Directing at Idaho State University. He received his MFA in Directing from the University of Montana in 2018 and his BA in Drama from the University of California: Irvine in 2010. After a brief stint working in Los Angeles as an actor/clown/improviser, Joel moved to Ukiah, California to teach theatre courses at Mendocino College and serve as the Resident Director and Youth Acting Teacher in the School of Performing Arts and Cultural Education (SPACE). Since then, Joel has worked professionally around the Pacific Northwest as a teacher and director in multiple theatres including the Montana Repertory Theatre, 6th Street Playhouse, Main Stage West, and Fort Peck Summer Theatre. At Idaho State University, Joel teaches courses in directing, improvisation, clowning, and script analysis.