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Heidi Winters Vogel

DEPARTMENT: Theater Dept

POSITION: Associate Professor of Theater

LOCATION: Main Campus, Harrisonburg | UC 275D

PHONE: (540) 432-4452


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 ( 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.