Heather loves to perform and teach and is grateful to combine these loves at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. She is proud to be a part of the talented and inspiring teaching artist team to which she has contributed since 2018.
As a performer, educator, and human, her approach centers on the commitment to life-long curiosity, growth, and finding the fun (& funny!) within the process. Heather is always learning from her students and peers, and she strives to co-create healthy, vibrant learning and performance spaces that encourage self-expression, discovery, and connection. She is passionate about intentional instruction that celebrates diversity and honors both the individual and the collective through equitable, joyful inclusion. Heather has a Master’s of Education in Curriculum and Instruction and has taught students of all ages (locally and internationally) for 20+ years in various roles. She holds a Colorado professional teaching license and is trained in equity-based trauma informed practices and culturally responsive teaching.
As an improviser, she has studied with instructors far and wide and performed with many teams on various stages including Impulse Theater, Bovine Metropolis Theater, Voodoo Comedy Playhouse/Rise Theater, Avenue Theater, Chaos Bloom Theater, Second City Chicago, and more. Heather was an original cast member of ComedySportz Denver and a former Board Chair and member of the GroupMind Foundation, a nonprofit that produces the Denver Improv Festival. When she is not teaching, you can find her writing, performing her original music and comedy around town, or checking out more library books than she will ever be able to read.
In addition to her work with the DCPA, she is an instructional coach and works with the School of Education at MSU Denver as a supervisor for student teachers. She is a certified meditation and mindfulness instructor and believes improvisation, on and off stage, to be one of the most fun ways to practice being present and creatively engaged.