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Heather is a native of New Orleans where she learned to dance the second line, mask for Mardi Gras, and make the best Étouffée* you've ever had (even better than ya Mama's). In New Orleans, she received a Theater BA from Tulane University, played Laura Wingfield in Dog and Pony Theater's The Glass Menagerie, Portia and Juliet in the Shakespeare Festival at Tulane's Julius Caesar and Romeo and Juliet, and assistant directed The Pirate's Conspirate for world-renowned jazz trombonist Delfayo Marsalis' Uptown Music Theater.

Next, Heather moved to New York to pursue her MFA at Columbia University. Since then, she has performed in various plays, workshops, and readings with Classic Stage Company, Cherry Lane, Mabou Mines, Gene Frankel Theatre, Performance Lab 115, The Ohio, LAByrinth, The Women's Project, New York Theater Workshop, and The Public. Heather co-wrote and performed Ask Dr. Mueller (a stage adaptation of the writings of writer-outlaw-actress-witch doctor-art hag, Cookie Mueller) for the 2008 Artists of Tomorrow Festival;   co-developed Money Thinks I'm Dead for the 2012-2013 Mabou Mines Resident Artist Program; and co-wrote, co-produced, and starred in the short film US. A Family Album, an official selection of the 2012 San Francisco International Film Festival, Frameline 36,  2012 Coney Island Film Festival, 2012 New Orleans FIlm Festival, 2013 Seattle International Film Festival's Women in Cinema Series, 2013 Crossroads Film Festival, and the 2013 International Women's Film Festival in Seoul.

When she's not acting on stage and screen, Heather is a singer in the 11-piece-and-growing New Orleans Funk and R&B review The Royal American Social Aid and Pleasure Club, and a teacher in Brooklyn.


*Étouffée: (eh-too-fay) A spicy and delicious Cajun stew traditionally made with crawfish, vegetables and a dark roux. Étouffée is usually served over rice. The word comes from the French étouffer, which means to smother.



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