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. As a professional director, Heidi’s work includes, A Walk In The Woods (Avalon Theatre), Snakebit (Pennsylvania Centre Stage), Driving Miss Daisy (Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival), Three Days of Rain (Next Stage), The Love of the Nightingale (Penn State), Macbeth (Shakespeare at the Palmer), Trojan Women (St. Louis University), and Master Harold…and the boys (Loaves and Fish Repertory). Heidi has also been active in new play development, working with such playwrights and dramaturges as KC Davis, Susan Gregg, Naomi Iizuka, Thomas Kincaid, Carter Lewis, and Marisa Wegrzyn. She has participated in the Wise Write Playwrighting Program at the St. Louis Repertory Theatre, the A.E Hotchner Playwrighting Festival (Washington University in St. Louis) and was associate director of the Blue Sky Playwrighting program in State College, Pennsylvania. 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

Theatre of the Oppressed: Social Action Workshop, Just Act, Philadelphia 2016.

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.

Other Presentations

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.
Presenter, “Improvisation to Improve Acting” workshop and Co-presenter, “Devised Theatre”, Virginia Theatre Association Conference, Reston, October 2013 and Norfolk October 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.
Co-Leader, “Giving Voice to the Voiceless” workshop, International Student Leadership Conference, James Madison University, March 2012.
Presenter, “The Physical Actor” workshop, Virgina Thespian Conference, February 2011.
Facilitator and Developer, “Devised Theater for Social Change” workshop, CJP, October 2011.
Presenter, “Theater of the Oppressed: Theater to change the world” workshop, Virginia Thespian Conference, January 2010.
Guest Presenter, Peacebuilding and Conflict Resolution in Educational Contexts, Summer 2009.
Guest Presenter, “Using Theater to give voice to the voiceless”, SPI Summer 2009.

Exhibits, Performances and Productions

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 at EMU. 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).
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

Co-Chair, College/University division, Virginia Theatre Association, 2015-present.
Coordinator, Student Directing Institute, Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival (KC/ACTF) Region 2, 2014-present.
Member, KC/ACTF Region 2 Leadership and Planning Committee, 2014-present.
Board Member and Secretary, Fairfield Mediation Center, Harrisonburg, VA, 2014-2016.
Member (past Chair), Outreach Commission, Community Mennonite Church, 2009-2015.
Mentor, Student Directing Institute, KC/ACTF Region 2 Conference, Towson University, January 2013 and West Chester University, January 2014.
KC/ACTF Respondent, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Anne Arundel Community College, MD, November 2014, Maelstrom Albright College, PA November 2014, Evil Dead: The Musical, Penn State Harrisburg, PA, November 2014, Proof, Lafayette College, PA, October 2014, Fallen Angels, Villanova University, PA, September 2014, Romeo & Juliet, Carroll Community College of Baltimore County, MD, April 2014, Spring Awakening, Ramapo College, NJ, April 2014, Fear of Falling, James Madison University, VA, March 2014, Lysistrata, Towson University, MD, March 2014, Museum, University of Virginia, February 2014, These Shining Lives, Elizabethtown College, February, 2014.
Virginia High School League District One-Act competition Judge, Turner-Ashby High School, October 2013.
Peer Reviewer, Macbeth, Bucknell University (Directing, Devised Performance, Costumes, Sets, Lighting and Sound), October 2012.
KC/ACTF Respondent, Noises Off, Community College of Baltimore County, November 2012.
Chapter Reviewer, O’Brien, Liz. A Speaker’s Resource: Listener-Centered Public Speaking. Boston: McGraw-Hill, 2011, 2012.
KC/ACTF Respondent, Lysistrata, Elizabethtown College, April 2012.
Leader, Improvisation Workshop, Monthly Gathering, Community Mennonite Church, March 2012.
KC/ACTF Respondent, The Children’s Hour, Millersville University, March 2012.
KC/ACTF Respondent, Vinegar Tom, University of Virginia, February 2012.
Member, KC/ACTF Region 2 Production Selection Committee, December 2011.
KC/ACTF Respondent, The Dream Play, Bridgewater College, November 2010.
KC/ACTF Respondent, Blood Wedding, Gettysburg College, October 2011.
Panelist, Christians in Theatre Arts Secondary School Festival, January, 2011.
KC/ACTF Respondent, Pippin, University of Virginia, May 2010.
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

Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life, National Conference, Atlanta, GA, October 2014. Baltimore, October 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.
Kennedy Center/American College Theater Festival Region 2 Conference, January 2014, West Chester University, Pennsylvania.
Virginia Theatre Association Conference, Reston, October 2013.
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
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 Faith: Gender, 2013
Theater and Justice, 2013
Improvisational Theater, 2011
Theater and Faith: Doubt, 2010
Collective Theater, 2010
Theater and Faith: The Beatitudes, 2008
Passion and Obsession Colloquium, 2007

EMU Service

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.
Coordinator and Director, SEVEN, International Student Week: Women around the World, October 2015.
Facilitator with Education Department, A Night of Educational Improv., October 2015.
Advisor, Senior Thesis Production, The Woodsman, directed by Elisha Keener, September 2015.
EMU representative, Wild Goose Festival, Hot Springs, NC, July 2015.
Respondent, Writer’s Read with Dr. Mark Bauerlein, February 2015.
Playback Theatre training workshop, September and January, 2013-present.
Restorative Justice Role-play for SPI, May 2014.
Inside Out Playback Theatre for CJP, SPI and STAR, January and May, 2014.
Playback Theatre for Cross-cultural re-entry, 2013-15.
C. Henry Smith Peace Oratorical Contest Advisor, Spring 2014.
Honors Weekend Parents Dinner, Spring 2012, 2014-present.
Storytelling/Playback Chapel, Spiritual Life Week, Spring 2014.
GONZO Advisor, 2008-current.
Advisor, Senior Thesis Production, Time Stands Still, directed by Amanda Chandler, February 2014.
Advisor, Senior Thesis Production, The Crowleys of Tobias, by Michael Bodner, December 2013.
Director, On The Verge, by Eric Overmyer, EMU MainStage, Fall 2013.
Co-founder, Inside Out Playback Theatre at EMU, Spring 2012-present.
Chair, Department of Theater (2008-2013).
Co-Founder and Producing Director, CRASHhouse Collaborative Theater Project, High School Shakespeare Workshop, Summer 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013.
Director, No Roosters in the Desert, by Kara Hartzler, EMU MainStage, Fall 2012 (also coordinated playwright’s campus visit).
Costume Designer, Antigone, by Sophocles/Jean Anouilh, MainStage Theater, March 2012.
Director, The Importance of Being Earnest, by Oscar Wilde, EMU MainStage, Fall 2011.
Director, The Bus Stop by Gao Xinjiang, EMU MainStage, Spring 2011.
Director, Women of Lockerbie, by Deborah Brevoort, EMU MainStage, Fall 2009 (also coordinated the playwright’s campus visit).
Director and Producer, Breakdown, EMU touring drama troupe, Summer and Fall 2009.
Director, Iolanthe, by Gilbert and Sullivan, EMU MainStage, Spring 2009.
Director, O: I am a Murderer, by Pam Mandigo, CRASHhouse High School Tour, 2008-09.
Director, Tartuffe by Moliere, EMU MainStage Theater, Fall 2007.
Director, Butchering Crows by Pam Mandigo, Laboratory Production, Spring 2008.
Judge, C. Henry Smith Peace Oratorical Contest, 2008 EMU.
Director, Ti-Jean and His Brothers by Derek Wolcott, EMU MainStage Theater, Spring 2007.
Member: Intellectual Life Committee, C. Henry Smith Peace Oratorical Committee (current), Speech Committee (current), Cross-cultural Committee (current), COTE, Undergraduate Council, QEP Implementation Team, Commons Council, UGES, Attachment Conference Planning Committee, EMU/Carnival de Resistance Engagement Committee.