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 EMU theater in 2006 as the acting and directing faculty. She received a BA in Theatre Arts from the University of Minnesota and MFA in Directing from Pennsylvania State University. 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 EMU colleague 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, Ohio, and California for conferences, colleges, churches, community organizations 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

M.A. in Conflict Transformation (in process), Center for Justice and Peacebuilding.
EMU graduate courses: Arts and Peacebuilding (2012), Psychodrama (2013), Playback Theatre for Conflict Transformation (2014), Conflict Analysis (2015), Dialogue, Deliberation, and Decision-Making (2016), Formation for Peacebuilding Practice (2017).

Theatre of the Oppressed/Community Engagement: Devising Civic Practice, Sojourn Theatre Summer Institute, Chicago 2014; Social Action Workshop, Just Act, Philadelphia 2016; Theater of the Oppressed and Playback, Mandala Center Center for Change, NY 2017.

Centre for Playback Theatre: Core, 2014; Acting, Seattle 2014; Conducting, NY 2016; Advanced Skills, NY 2016; Company Life, Memphis 2016; Playback and Theatre of the Oppressed, NY 2017.

Other Presentations

Playback North America Teleconference: Presenter, Playback and other Social
Justice Theatre work at Universities, September 2017.

Chair, “The Silenced Stories of Mennonite Women’s Lives”, Crossing the Line: Women of Anabaptist Traditions Encounter Borders and Boundaries, EMU, June 2017.

Artist-in-residence, “Youth Igniting Change: Amplify Your Voice” summer institute, James Madison University, June 2017.

Co-presenter, International Student Leadership Conference, “Building Bridges through Playback Theatre”, James Madison University, March 2017.

Presenter, Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) region 2 conference, “Invitation to Play: Improvisational Storysharing through Playback Theatre” and “Audience Participation: We Tried Something Different and It Worked!”, Montclair University, NJ, January 2017.

Co-presenter, Inside Out performance and workshop, “Stories about Faith and the Election”, Bridgewater College, November, 2016.

Presenter, Virginia Theatre Association Conference, “Performing Community: Bringing your Art to the Table!”, Norfolk, VA, October 2016.

Co-presenter, Shakespeare Pedagogy Conference, “CrashHouse Collaborative Theater Project: writing Shakespeare with high school students in the rhythm of their life stories”, Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, MI, October 2017.

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

Presenter, KCACTF region 2 conference, “Visual Storytelling: Incorporating Improvisation in Rehearsal and Performance”, West Chester University, PA, January 2016.

Moderator, KCACTF region 2 conference, “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, KCACTF 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

Actor (Mother), This Too Comes By Hard, produced by Unreal City Theatre, Capitol Fringe Festival, Washington, D.C., July 2017.

Ensemble member, Inside Out Playback Theatre, 2016-17 performances:

  • Migrant worker camps, Eastern Shore, Legal Aid Justice Center, July 2016, 2017.
  • Gemeinschaft Performance and Workshop, July 2016.
  • CJP Orientatiton, August 2015-17.
  • “Where Are We Going?”, Global initiative Centre for Playback Theatre, October 2016.
  • “Take Back The Night Chapel, “Holding Stories of Sexual Violence”, EMU, November 2016.
  • “Stories about Faith and the Election”, Bridgewater College, November 2016.
  • “Poetic State of the Union Story Circles”, USDAC event, Trinity Presbyterian, January, 2017.
  • “Revival at the School”, Bi-lingual community Organizing event, Harrisonburg High School, March, 2017.
  • Day of Theatre for English Language Learners, co-sponsored by Arts Council of the Valley and Harrisonburg High School, Court Square Theater, May and September, 2017.

Co-planner, USDAC Revolution of Values: readings from MLK’s “Beyond Vietnam” speech in celebration of the 50th anniversary, Harrisonburg, March 2017.

EMU TGIW Co-presenter, “Compose Yourself: Writing/Scholarship Made Visible”, October 2016.

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.

Voice Actor, Rosetta Stone, 2010-2016.

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, Directing Programs, 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.

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

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

Member, Outreach Committee, Trinity Presbyterian Church, 2016 – present.

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:
Godspell 2017, Penn State Berks.
39 Steps 2017, East Stroudsburg University.
The Children’s Hour 2012, Rabbit Hole 2016, Heathers 2017, Millersville University.
Lysistrata 2012, These Shining Lives 2014, Fuddy Mears 2017,Elizabethtown College, PA.
Lysistrata 2014, After 2016, Polaroid Stories 2017, Towson University, MD.
Hope and Gravity 2017, West Liberty University.
Maelstrom 2014, _ Norway. Today._ 2016, Pirates of Penzance 2017, Albright College, PA.
The Laramie Project 2015, An Evening of One-Acts 2017, McDaniel College, MD.
Pippin 2010, Vinegar Tom 2012, Museum 2014, Wonderful Town 2015, Shipwrecked: An Entertainment! 2017, University of Virginia.
The Lion, the Witch, and, the Wardrobe 2017, Messiah College.
The Divine 2016, Virginia Tech.
Eurydice 2015, Speech and Debate 2016, Arcadia University, PA.
Noises Off 2012, Romeo and Juliet 2014, Taming of the Shrew 2016, Carroll Community College of Baltimore County.
Spring Awakening Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA, 2016.
The Amish Project, Stevenson University, MD, 2016.
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.
I and You, Indiana University, PA, 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.
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

Policy Prototypes Micro-grant, USDAC (Inside Out Playback Theatre), 2017.
Creative Inspiration Grant, Arts Council of the Valley (Inside Out Playback Theatre) 2016, 2017.
Summer Research Grant, EMU 2014, 2017.
Sabbatical, EMU, 2014.
Guest Artist Initiative, Stage Directors and Choreographers Society Foundation 2013.
Summer Teaching Grant, EMU (CRASHhouse Collaborative Theater Project) 2008.
Creative Inspiration Grant, Arts Council of the Valley (CRASHhouse) 2008, 2009.
Creative Inspiration Grant, Arts Council of the Valley (La Posada) 2008.
Mini-Grant, Arts Council of the Valley (CRASHhouse) 2007.

Professional Memberships

Associate Member, Stage Directors and Choreographers Society
Member, Theatre Communications Group
Member, Virginia Theatre Association, Vice-Chair, College and University Division

Professional Conferences Attended

Centre for Playback Theatre/Mandala Center for Change, “Playback and Theatre of the Oppressed”, New Paltz, NY, August, 2017.

Arts Summit of the Valley, Harrisonburg, April 2017.

Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival region 2 Conference: Chester University PA, 2014; Cleveland State University, OH, 2015; West Chester University, PA, 2016; Montclair University NJ, 2017.

Virginia Theatre Association Conference, October 2006-present.

Shakespeare Pedagogy Conference, Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, MI, October, 2017.

Just Act, 11th Annual Forum Theatre Workshop, Philadelphia. PA, July 2016.

Centre for Playback Theatre, “Active Conducting and Advanced Skills”, New Paltz, NY, June/July, 2016.

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

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

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, ongoing.
Improvisational Theater, ongoing.
Collective Theater, 2010-12.
Passion and Obsession Colloquium, 2007-09.

EMU Service

Transformative Arts MFA development group, ongoing.
Co-founder, Inside Out Playback Theatre at EMU, 2012-present.
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.
Playback Theatre open rehearsals for SPI, May and June 2017.
Co-facilitator, EMU Auxiliary Services/Housekeeping Circle Process, July 2016.
White Privilege Playback with Inside Out, April, 2016.
Inside Out Playback, Symposium on Sexual Violence, EMU, 2016.

Questions After Dark guest, Residence Life, April 2017.
Northlawn Talent Show Judge, Northlawn Residence Hall, April 2017.
Readings coordinator, Christmas Chapel, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016.
Member, Arts Grants awards committee, Center for Justice and Peacebuilding, 2014, 2015.
Coordinator and Director, SEVEN, International Student Week: Women around the World, October 2015.
Facilitator with Education Department, A Night of Educational Improv., ongoing.
Respondent, Writer’s Read with Dr. Mark Bauerlein, February 2015.
Honors Weekend Parents Dinner, Spring 2012, 2014-16.

Director, MacBETH, November 2017.
Advisor, Senior Thesis Project, Grace, directed by Sierra Comer, September 2016.
GONZO Advisor, 2008-current.
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, ongoing.
Workshop Presenter, SPI, Theatre of the Oppressed introduction, June 2017.
Guest Lecturer, EMU, Spanish Drama and Poetry, “Acting for Non-Actors”, September 2016.
Facilitator and Developer, “Devised Theater for Social Change” workshop, CJP, October 2011.

Member: Speech Committee, Creation Care Council, ongoing.
Sustainability Coordinator for Faculty Engagement, 2016-17.
Member: EMU Graduate Dean’s Terminal Degree Task Force, 2015-16.
Member: EMU/Carnival de Resistance Engagement Committee 2013.
Member: Attachment Conference Planning Committee 2011.

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