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Heather Lea Corwin

Personal Info

Dr. Heather Corwin is a native of Chicago, Illinois, and has lived all over the country, including Colorado, Ohio, Tennessee and various parts of Florida - and London, U.K. She now lives in Altadena, California and can be found performing in the greater Los Angeles area.  Heather holds the distinctions of being a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with a Somatic (body/mind) Concentration from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology and an M.F.A. in Acting from Florida State University/Asolo Conservatory.  Her dissertation is "The relationship between emotional intelligence and Sanford Meisner actor training."

Heather has trained internationally with trailblazers in actor training including Patsy Rodenburg (a renowned author, Resident Vocal Coach of the National Theater and Head of Voice at the Guild Hall in London) and Mark Wheatley (Theatre Complicité), and the theater experts at Shakespeare & Company. Notable directors she has worked with include the legendary Garry Marshall, Restoration expert Norman Ayrton, and Jim Sloviak (Growtowski protégé) of The New World Performance Laboratory. Heather is one of first students ever invited to Apprentice with Margaret Eginton, Head of Movement Training at FSU/Asolo Conservatory.  Plus, Heather attained her yoga teaching certification from Shiva Rea, an internationally renowned yoga master.

Heather earned her M.F.A. from Florida State University/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training, ranked in the top nine M.F.A. actor training programs by the New York Times. At the Asolo and in her undergraduate work at Millikin University, Heather trained in Acting Methods such as the Meisner Method, Practical Aesthetics, and the Stanislavsky System. While serving as an Assistant Professor of Theatre at Ashland University, the National Partners in American Theater named Heather the 2006 Regional Winner - Classical Acting Award Coach. This coveted mark of distinction was the only coaching award presented at the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival that year.

As a Movement for Actors Instructor, Heather integrates Alexander, Feldenkrais, Rolf, Viewpoints, Pilates, Yoga, Fitzmaurice Bioenergetics (Tremoring), Laban, Lecoq, Grotowski, Vakhtangov, Meyerhold, and Eginton Alignment philosophies. Heather is also a certified Rolfer. With her extensive knowledge of anatomy and applied kinesiology, she uses strengthening and conditioning to train strong, supple and physically alert actors. Ms. Eginton invited Heather to present with her at ATHE 2007 Conference in New Orleans on Eginton Alignment.  You can find her articles "Evolving the Actors' Neutral Body" (2012) and "A Secure Attachment Base is Ideal to be a Great Learner" (2012) at Two articles are in the process of being pubished: "Empathy, Actor Training, and Rolfing" as well as an interview with theatre director Monica Payne discussing the relationship of creativity and physical/emotional responsiveness.

As an actress, Heather has been described as "organic," "wonderfully ebullient," and "luminous." Past stage performances have included productions at the Asolo Theatre Festival, Tennessee Repertory Theater, Falcon Theatre, Lewis Family Playhouse, International City Theatre in Long Beach, Nashville Shakespeare Festival, Banyan Theatre Company, and the Cleveland Playhouse. You may also have seen her on GREY'S ANATOMY, or a Toyota or ANA Airlines commercial. Heather is featured in the movie LOVE IN THE TIME OF MONSTERS starring Doug Jones.  Please stay posted to see where you may see Heather's next performance!