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Julie T. Oni Faculty Profile

Julie T. Oni

Visiting Assistant Professor of English
Humanities/Teacher Education Division, Seaver College
PLC 118

Biography

Julie T. Oni earned her MFA in dramatic writing from the University of Southern California and her BA in creative writing from Pepperdine University. Additionally, she holds a certification in TESOL (Teaching English to Students of Other Languages). As an instructor, she has taught English Composition, Composition for English Language Learners, American Language & Culture, and Dramatic Literature at Pepperdine, and she also serves as the academic advisor for the Black Student Association. Professor Oni is a Los Angeles-based playwright with roots in Nigeria and the U.S., and her research and writing most often deal with the interactions between cultures, particularly America and Africa. She previously held the position of Associate Chair of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the New York Film Academy in Los Angeles, where she also taught English, literature, and culture. 

Education

  • MFA, Dramatic Writing, University of Southern California, 2009
  • “Diaspora.” Composition Reader. Hawkes Learning. Dec. 2020.
  • “Olo'oruko Mi: Legacy Ponderings of a Nigerian-but-Mostly-American.” America. In. Black. Aug. 2019.
  • "Casting an Actor with Albinism: The Importance of Authenticity on Stage." HowlRound, Emerson College, 2 Aug. 2018.
  • "Casting an Actor with Albinism: The Importance of Authenticity on Stage." Encore Arts Seattle, 7 Sept. 2018.
  • Playwright, Sown. Son of Semele Ensemble. Los Angeles, 2019.
  • Playwright, Corked. The Paul Robeson Theatre Festival. Los Angeles, 2017
  • Playwright, The Hotel Play. Playwright's' Arena. Los Angeles, 2017.
  • Playwright, Lessons Learned. The Robey Theatre Company and Empowerment Congress. Los Angeles, 2017.
  • Playwright, Black-Proof. Company of Angels. Los Angeles, 2016.
  • Playwright, Denim. Son of Semele Ensemble. Los Angeles, 2016.
  • Playwright, Bunk. Son of Semele Ensemble. Los Angeles, 2014.
  • Playwright, nat&EM. Company of Angels. Los Angeles, 2013.
  • Playwright, Two Live and Die in L.A. Company of Angels. Los Angeles, 2013.
  • Playwright, Day's Pay. Moveable Piece. Hollywood, 2011.
  • Playwright, Tether. Doorway Arts Ensemble. Washington, D.C. 2011.
  • Identity Outsiders, 2009.
  • Center Theatre Group Sherwood Award, Semifinalist, 2018
  • Brett J. Love Award for Teaching Excellence, Pepperdine University, 2016
  • Center Theatre Group Sherwood Award, Semifinalist, 2016
  • The Robey Theatre Company
  • CATESOL
  • “Balanced Discourse: Amplifying Voices in the Online Discussion Forum.” Hawkes Learning: Education Transformation 2020. 4 August 2020.
  • Chisel: An Albino Story. Pepperdine University. Raitt Recital Hall. 16 June 2018.

Topics

  • African diaspora
  • American pop culture
  • Black albinism
  • Black theatre
  • International students in the American University
  • Mixed-race identity
  • Western misconceptions of Africa

Courses

  • English Composition
  • Composition for English Language Learners
  • American Language and Culture
  • Dramatic Literature