Heidi Winters Vogel

Heidi Winters Vogel

Office Phone: (540) 432-4452


Main Campus, Harrisonburg

Office Location: UC 275D

Associate Professor of Theater

Theater Dept

Heidi joined the EMU theater in 2006 as the acting and directing faculty. Prior to coming to EMU, Heidi served as visiting professor of directing at the Conservatory of Theatre Arts at Webster University. She has also taught acting, directing and theatre studies at Pennsylvania State University University Park, St. Louis University, Shenandoah University’s Theatre Conservatory and Washington University in St. Louis. Heidi’s scholarship is focused on participatory and community-engaged theater. Her work in devising began with Theatre de la Jeune Lune in Minneapolis and locally with local high school students in CRASHhouse Collaborative Theater Project, co-founded with Pam Mandigo, playwright and EMU theater graduate. Heidi’s commitment to using theater as a tool for civic engagement led her to co-found, with DASS faculty Roger Foster, Inside Out Playback Theatre (www.emu.edu/insideout) to build community and resilience through interactive story-telling. Inside Out has curated events in Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland, North Carolina and California for conferences, colleges, churches, and therapeutic communities.


M.F.A., Directing, Pennsylvania State University, 2000
B.A., Theatre Arts, University of Minnesota, 1994
Certificate of Bible, Oak Hills Bible College, 1984

Arts and Peacebuilding (2012), Psychodrama (2013), Playback Theatre for Conflict Transformation (2014), Conflict Analysis (2015) and Dialogue, Deliberation, and Decision-Making (2016). EMU’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding.

Theatre of the Oppressed: Social Action Workshop, Just Act, Philadelphia 2016.
Centre for Playback Theatre: Core, SPI, 2014; Acting, Seattle, 2014; Conducting, NY, 2016; Advanced Skills, NY, 2016; Company Life, Memphis, 2016.

Other Presentations

Co-presenter, Restorative Justice in Action: Building Movement, “Building Just Communities: Framing the Communal Story through Playback Theatre”, EMU, June 2016.

Presenter, Kennedy Center American College Theatre Association region 2 conference, “Visual Storytelling: Incorporating Improvisation in Rehearsal and Performance”, West Chester University, PA, January 2016.

Moderator, KCACTF region 2, “Playwrights, Directors and Racial Issues in Educational Theatre”, January 2016.

Co-presenter, Peace and Justice Studies Association conference, “Playback theatre as Qualitative Research”, JMU, October 2015.

Presenter, “Improvisation to Improve Acting” workshop October 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and Co-presenter, “Devised Theatre” 2013, Virginia Theatre Association Conference.

Presenter, “Improv. to improve Acting”, Pennsylvania Thespians Conference, November 2015.

Panelist, “Creative Engagement Outside the Cognitive Box”, Conflict Resolution in Education conference, George Mason University, June 2015.

Presenter, “Using Improvisation to Create Stage Pictures”, Co-Presenter, “Playback Theatre”, KCACTF region 2 conference, Cleveland State University, January 2015.

Session Co-facilitator and actor, “Storytelling and Study Abroad: Enhancing the Returnee Experience”, NAFSA: Association of International Educators national conference, San Diego, May 2014 and NAFSA Region 8 conference, Pittsburgh, November 2013.

Presenter, “Sharing Stories” workshop, International Student Leadership Conference, James Madison University, March 2014.

Presenter, “Devised Theater” workshop, Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival (KC/ACTF) Region 2 Conference, Towson University, January 2013 and West Chester University, January 2014.

Co-presenter, “Doing Time in ISS: A Performance of School Discipline”, At the EDGE: Creating Direction for Peace and Justice, Memorial University, Newfoundland, Canada, August 2013.

Exhibits, Performances and Productions

EMU Colloquium Presentation, “Performing Community: Building Civic Practice committed to Hospitality and Capacity.” February 2016.

EMU Tuesday Luncheon Presentation, Common Read, January 2016.

Invited arts performance Inside Out Playback, Wild Goose Festival, Hot Springs, NC, July 2015.

Invited arts performance Inside Out Playback, 24-Hour Project, Court Square Theatre, Harrisonburg, VA, January 2015.

Co-founder and company member Inside Out Playback Theatre. Events curated for Lafayette College (PA), Guidespring Therapeutic Community (PA), NAFSA:Association of International Educators (San Diego and Pittsburgh), James Madison University (VA), Harrisonburg City Schools (VA), Johns Hopkins University (MD), University of Virginia (VA), Gemeinschaft Home (VA) Coming To The Table (VA), Faith In Action (VA).

Voice Actor, Rosetta Stone, 2010-present.

Actor (Lydia), Crowleys of Tobias, directed by Amanda Chandler, EMU Studio Series, December 2013.

Director, No Roosters in the Desert, MCUSA National Convention, Phoenix, July 2013.

Director, Jordan’s Stormy Banks, CrossRoads Brethren Mennonite Heritage Center, EMU MainStage, June 2012.

Session Facilitator and Actor, Passion, Mennonite Writing IV: Solos and Harmonies, March 2012.

Performance, “Navigating in a Sea of Change: Sunday Morning Drama”, Mennonite Health Assembly, March 2010.

Church, Community and Professional Service

Coordinator, Student Directing Institute, Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) Region 2, 2014-present.
Member, KCACTF Region 2 Leadership and Planning Committee, 2014-present.
Mentor, Student Directing Institute, KCACTF Region 2 Conference, Towson University, January 2013 and West Chester University, January 2014.

Co-Chair, College/University division, Virginia Theatre Association, 2015-present.

Board Member and Secretary, Fairfield Mediation Center, Harrisonburg, VA, 2014-2016.

Member (past Chair), Outreach Commission, Community Mennonite Church, 2009-2015.

Judge, National Christian Forensics and Communication Association, Harrisonburg, VA, 2015.

Virginia High School League District One-Act competition Judge, Turner-Ashby High School, October 2013, 2014. Spotswood High School, November 2015.

Peer Reviewer, Macbeth, Bucknell University (Directing, Devised Performance, Costumes, Sets, Lighting and Sound), October 2012.

KCACTF Respondent: Noises Off 2012, Romeo and Juliet 2014, Taming of the Shrew 2016, Carroll Community College of Baltimore County.
The Children’s Hour 2012, Rabbit Hole 2016, Millersville University.
Spring Awakening Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA, 2016.
The Amish Project, Stevenson University, MD, 2016.
Lysistrata 2014, After 2016, Towson University, MD.
Maelstrom 2014, _ Norway. Today._ 2016, Albright College, PA.
Pippin 2010, Vinegar Tom 2012, Museum 2014, Wonderful Town 2015, University of Virginia.
Blood Wedding 2011, Harvest 2015_ Gettysburg College, PA.
for colored girls who have considered suicide when the rainbow is enuf, Lycoming College, PA, 2015.
The Amish Project, Adelphi University, NY, 2015.
Eurydice, Arcadia University, PA, 2015.
I and You, Indiana University, PA, 2015.
The Laramie Project, McDaniel College, MD, 2015.
Fear of Falling 2014, The Cherry Orchard 2015, James Madison University.
Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Anne Arundel Community College, MD, 2014.
Evil Dead: The Musical, Penn State Harrisburg, PA, 2014.
Proof, Lafayette College, PA, 2014.
Fallen Angels, Villanova University, PA, 2014.
Spring Awakening, Ramapo College, NJ, 2014.
Lysistrata 2012, These Shining Lives 2014, Elizabethtown College, PA.
Three Penny Opera 2006, The Haunted House 2010, The Dream Play 2011, Bridgewater College.

Chapter Reviewer, O’Brien, Liz. A Speaker’s Resource: Listener-Centered Public Speaking. Boston: McGraw-Hill, 2011, 2012.

Leader, Improvisation Workshop, Monthly Gathering, Community Mennonite Church, March 2012.

Panelist, Christians in Theatre Arts Secondary School Festival, January, 2011.

Presenter, Community Mennonite Church MYF Winter retreat, January 2010.

Honors, Awards and Grants

Creative Inspiration Grant 2016, Arts Council of the Valley (Inside Out Playback Theatre).
Sabbatical 2014, EMU.
Summer Research Grant 2014, EMU.
Guest Artist Initiative, 2013, Stage Directors and Choreographers Society Foundation.
Summer Teaching Grant 2008, EMU (CRASHhouse Collaborative Theater Project).
Creative Inspiration Grant 2008, 2009, Arts Council of the Valley (CRASHhouse).
Creative Inspiration Grant 2008, Arts Council of the Valley (La Posada).
Mini-Grant 2007, Arts Council of the Valley (CRASHhouse).

Professional Memberships

Associate Member, Stage Directors and Choreographers Society
Member, Theatre Communications Group
Member, Virginia Theatre Association

Professional Conferences Attended

Restorative Justice in Action: Building Movement, EMU June, 2016.

Centre for Playback Theatre, “Building the Beloved Community”, Memphis, TN, February, 2016.

Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival Region 2 Conference, January 2014, West Chester University PA; January 2015, Cleveland State University, OH; January 2016, West Chester University, PA.

Virginia Theatre Association Conference, October 2006-present.

Justice and Peace Studies Association conference, JMU, October 2015.

Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life, National Conference, Atlanta, GA, October 2014. Baltimore, October 2015.

Conflict Resolution in Education conference, George Mason University, June 2015.

Sojourn Theatre Summer Institute in collaboration with the Center for Performance and Civic Practice, Chicago, July 2014.

NAFSA: Association of International Educators Region 8 Conference, Pittsburgh, November 2013 and National Conference, San Diego, May 2014.

Zeitgeist International Participatory Theatre Festival and Symposium, Washington D. C., May 2014.

Kennedy Center/Virginia Repertory Symposium, “Laying a Foundation: Defining Arts Integration”, Richmond, May 2014.

At the EDGE: Creating Direction for Peace and Justice conference, Memorial University, Newfoundland, Canada, August 2013.

New Courses Taught

Performance Arts for Community Learning and Action, SPI, 2016.
Theater and Faith: Faith, Hospitality and Storytelling, 2016. Gender, 2013. Doubt, 2010. Beatitudes, 2008.
Dramaturgy for A Year With Frog and Toad, 2015.
Rehearsal for Reality: Applied Theatre Techniques for Facilitation Training, SPI, 2015.
Theater for Youth and Children, 2014.
Theater and Justice, 2013.
Improvisational Theater, 2011.
Collective Theater, 2010.
Passion and Obsession Colloquium, 2007.

EMU Service

Co-founder, Inside Out Playback Theatre at EMU, 2012-present.
White Privilege Playback with Inside Out, April, 2016.
Inside Out Playback, Symposium on Sexual Violence, EMU, 2016.
Playback Theatre training workshop, September and January, 2013-present.
Inside Out Playback Theatre for CJP, SPI and STAR, ongoing.
Playback Theatre for Cross-cultural re-entry, ongoing.

Award committee, Center for Justice and Peacebuilding, Arts Grants, 2014, 2015.
Coordinator and Director, SEVEN, International Student Week: Women around the World, October 2015.
Facilitator with Education Department, A Night of Educational Improv., February 2015, October 2015.
Respondent, Writer’s Read with Dr. Mark Bauerlein, February 2015.
Honors Weekend Parents Dinner, Spring 2012, 2014-present.

Director, A Year With Frog and Toad, November 2015.
Advisor, Senior Thesis Project, A Year With Frog and Toad, stage managed by Caitlin Randazzo, November 2015.
Advisor, Senior Thesis Production, The Woodsman, directed by Elisha Keener, September 2015.
Director, Hickorydickory, by Marissa Wegrzyn, March 2015 (also coordinated the playwright’s campus visit).
GONZO Advisor, 2008-current.
Royal Players Advisor, 2016.
Chair, Department of Theater (2008-2013).

EMU representative, Wild Goose Festival, Hot Springs, NC, July 2015.
Co-Founder and Producing Director, CRASHhouse Collaborative Theater Project, High School Shakespeare Workshop, Summer 2008-2013.

Guest Lecturer, Eastern Mennonite Seminary, Voice and Breath for Preachers, February 2015, March 2016.
Facilitator and Developer, “Devised Theater for Social Change” workshop, CJP, October 2011.

Member: Attachment Conference Planning Committee 2011.
Member: EMU/Carnival de Resistance Engagement Committee 2013.
Member: EMU Graduate Dean’s Terminal Degree Task Force, 2015-16.
Member: Speech Committee, Cross-cultural Committee, Creation Care Council, ongoing.

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