Heidi Winters Vogel

Heidi Winters Vogel

Office Phone: (540) 432-4452


Main Campus, Harrisonburg

Office Location: UC 275D

Heidi Winters Vogel in the news:

Two pioneers of Playback Theatre – evoking understanding, empathy and change – will be teaching at SPI 2014

Student writes unflinching play, now staged, about 17-year-old dying of cancer

Students make ‘As You Like It’ creatively their own at two-week camp, culminating in show, Aug. 28, 30 and 31

Updated: NYC Director Brings Rich Background to “Arms and the Man,” April 5-6

Play Looks at Plight of Immigrants Seeking the “American Dream”

Associate Professor

Theater Dept

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 St. Louis University, Washington University in St. Louis, Penn State, and Stages Performing Arts Academy. 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. Her work in devising and collective theater began with Theatre de la Jeune Lune in Minneapolis, continued with The Three Lives of Lucie Cabrol by Theatre de Complicite, and currently with local high school students in CRASHhouse Collaborative Theater Project (www.crashhouse.org), co-founded with Pam Mandigo, playwright and then student. Heidi’s commitment to using theater as a tool for social justice has led her to co-found, with CJP graduate Roger Foster, a Playback Theater group with current and former EMU students to, among other applications, facilitate re-entry for EMU cross-cultural participants.

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

Other Presentations

Presenter, “Devised Theater” workshop, Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival (KC/ACTF) Region 2 Conference, Towson University, January 2013.
Presenter, “Improvisation to Improve Acting” workshop, Virginia Theatre Conference, Reston, October 2012.
Co-Leader, “Giving Voice to the Voiceless” workshop, International 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

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

Mentor, Student Directing Institute, Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival (KC/ACTF) Region 2 Conference, Towson University, January 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.
Member (past Chair), Church Council, Community Mennonite Church.
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

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

Professional Memberships

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

Professional Conferences Attended

Kennedy Center/American College Theater Festival Region 2 Conference, January 2013, Towson University, Maryland.
Virginia Theatre Association Conference, Reston, October 2012.
Applied Theater In Action Conference, June 2012, Greenville, South Carolina.

New Courses Taught

Theater and Justice, 2013
Improvisational Theater, 2011
Theater and Faith: Doubt, 2010
Collective Theater, 2010
Advanced Performance, 2010
Costume Design, 2009
Speech Communication, 2008
Theater and Faith: The Beatitudes, 2008
Passion and Obsession Colloquium, 2007
Vocations in Theater, 2007
Voice and Movement, 2007

EMU Service

Chair, Department of Theater (2008-present).
Co-founder, EMU Playback and Improvisational Theater, Spring 2013.
Co-Founder and Producing Director, CRASHhouse Collaborative Theater Project, Summer 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013.
Advisor, Senior Thesis Production, Silenced Auction, by Elizabeth Gannaway, December 2012.
Director, No Roosters in the Desert, by Kara Hartzler, EMU MainStage, Fall 2012 (also coordinated playwright’s campus visit).
Co-leader (with Jayne Docherty and Roger Foster), Theater techniques for non-violent teaching, Faculty/staff conference, August 2012.
Facilitator, Conversation with Vern Theissen, playwright, EMU Studio Theater, March 2012.
Costume Designer, Antigone, by Sophocles/Jean Anouilh, MainStage Theater, March 2012.
Advisor, Senior Theater Thesis Production, “Art”, by Yasmina Reza, February 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.
Guest, Transitions: First Year Experience Classes, Fall 2008, 2009.
Coordinator, Theater Dept. Chapel Presentation, Fall 2008.
Presenter, Faculty and Staff Fall Retreat, 2008.
Coordinator, Theater Entertainment, New Student Orientation, 2008, 2009, 2010.
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: COTE (current), Undergraduate Council (current), QEP Implementation Team, Commons Council, UGES, Attachment Conference Planning Committee, Intellectual Life Committee (current), EMU/Carnival de Resistance Engagement Committee (current).