Heather is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada. She is an award winning director, producer, dramaturg and educator whose career has taken her across the country. She has directed and assistant directed over 40 productions, many of which have been new Canadian works. Heather has been honoured to work at the Shaw Festival, the Citadel Theatre, Workshop West, Northern Light Theatre, Azimuth Theatre, Theatre Junction, Alberta Playwrights Network, Saskatchewan Playwrights' Centre, Playwrights Atlantic Resource Centre as well as Universities in Edmonton, Calgary and Saskatoon. During her travels she has been privileged to study and work with theatre luminaries such as Peter Brook, Yoshi Oida, Tadeusz Bradecki, Polly Teal, Flora Lauten, Phillida Lloyd, Christopher Newton and Neil Monroe.
Heather is the founder and Artistic Producer of THEATRE YES an award-winning, boutique theatre company that has toured across the country. Theatre Yes is particularly noted for creating/producing and directing THE NATIONAL ELEVATOR PROJECT, 16 plays written for and performed in working elevators. The company is also particularly notes for ANXIETY a pan-Canadian collaboration between 7 small-scale, experimental theatre companies from across thecountry. Each of the 6, guest companies will be contributed10-minute immersive performance installation-style piece which examined anxiety, its mechanisms and how it shapes our lives. These pieces were woven together by interactive story created by Edmonton’s own Cat Walsh. The collaborators included Northern Light Theatre from (Edmonton), Theatre Skam (Victoria) and Outside the March (Toronto), LoHiFi Production (Halifax) and Curtain Razors (Regina) ad Théâtre à corps perdus (Montreal). Each collaborating company was been sent a mysterious artifact with a series of directions which will serve as writing prompt to create their contribution to the show. It was a madcap national collaboration that explored the boundaries of new theatre practice and the possibilities of large-scale, small-scale collaborative enterprises.
Heather is the Resident Dramaturg (North) for Alberta Playwrights' Network and leader of the Citadel Theatre Young Playwriting Company. She also sits on the board of directors of the Edmonton Arts Council.
Heather is a recipient of a 2014 Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Arts Award for her body of work much of which has been under the banner of THEATRE YES. Heather has received the Edmonton Artists’ Trust Fund, Celebration of Women in the Arts Award (twice), as well as the Telus Courage to Innovate Award at the Mayor’s Evening of the Arts (Edmonton). Eight of Heather’s productions have been nominated for a total of 16 Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Awards, including 6 Nominations for Outstanding Independent Production and nominations for Outstanding Director and Outstanding Fringe Director. Theatre Yes was honoured with 2014 Special Elizabeth Sterling Haynes Award for Outstanding Innovation in Theatre for the creation and production of the NATIONAL ELEVATOR PROJECT.
In the Spring Theatre Yes will present a performance installation piece called VISCOSITY which will utilize the methodology of verbatim theatre to construct an event that will animate the complex experiences and stories of front line resource industry workers. VISCOSITY was inspired by a piece created and produced by Heather while in Fredericton during the summer of 2014 as artist in residence at the University of New Brunswick at the Notable Acts Festival. This performance installation takes audiences on a ride through Alberta’s turbulent oil industry. Featuring stories collected via interviews with the men and women on the front lines of big oil – VISCOSITY invites audiences into one-on-one transactions with actors placing them in the midst of the compelling real life drama of Canada’s most talked about industry.
Heather continues with the The Citadel Young Playwrights Company and in a new position as resident Dramaturg (North) at Alberta Playwrights Network.
There a few exciting announcements coming in the spring. Stay so stay stunned.
Heather's background in dramaturgy and new play development includes credits in well over 150 workshops and staged readings of new Canadian plays across the country. She has had the privilege to work with playwrights from Halifax to Whitehorse in a wide variety of development contexts. Among many contracts, appointments and juries Heather served as Dramaturg at Saskatchewan Playwrights' Centre from 2007-2010 as the senior artistic staff person at the Centre working with playwrights across the province and representing SPC on the national stage. She has also been the National Convener of the Playwright Development Centres of Canada, The Artist in Residence (Festival Dramaturg) at the NotaBle Acts Summer Theatre Festival in Fredericton New Brunswick, and Guest Dramaturg at the Playwrights Atlantic Resource Centre's Colony.
Heather currently leads the Citadel Theatre Young Playwriting Company at the Robbins Academy, —an advanced program available upon invitation only, for promising writers ages 16-24. The program includes intensive one-on-one and group dramaturgy, guest instructors from the professional theatre community, readings, and professional workshops.
She is also the newly appointed Resident Dramaturg (North) at Alberta Playwrights Network.
Heather looks forward with relish to many dramaturgical adventures to come.