Great Plains Theatre Conference
Heather Helinsky is a Philadelphia-based freelance dramaturg. Nationally, her dramaturgical work has been seen at the Accessible Theatre, American Repertory Theatre, the Apothetae, Arizona Repertory Theatre, Athena Project Festival, Borderlands Theatre Company, City Theatre, Denver Center, Great Plains Theatre Conference, The Kennedy Center, The Lark, Miracle Theatre, Moscow Art Theatre's American Studio, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Phoenix Theatre, Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, Plan-B Theatre, Plays and Players of Philadelphia, PlayPenn, Salt Lake Acting Company, Telluride Playwrights Festival, Unexpected Stage, and Woolly Mammoth. For the past six seasons, she's read and evaluated scripts for The O'Neill, PlayPenn, GPTC, Jewish Plays Project, Philly Young Playwrights, and Sundance Theatre Lab. She has been the Literary Manager of the Pittsburgh Public and PICT Classic Theatre. This season, she was involved with several DC Women’s Voices Festival productions, PlayPenn, and the Denver Center’s New Play Summit. Since 2012, Heather has mentored student dramaturgs (both regional and national), and has coordinated several programs for Artistic Director Gregg Henry. Visiting Professor of Dramaturgy at Carnegie Mellon (’12-’13), University of Arizona (’07-08), Lesley University (’15-’16) and Brooklyn College (’15). MFA in Dramaturgy from the A.R.T./MXAT Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard.
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