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Interview with Teaching Artist Carrie Heitman

Posted on: July 18th, 2016 by Abby Case

 

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Teaching Artist Carrie Heitman working with students at the Student Theatre Arts Festival

Master Teaching Artist, Carrie Heitman, joined Roundabout’s Teaching Artist roster in 2008. She leads a variety of residencies and workshops for students in the city. She currently serves as Partnership Coordinator for James Madison High School where she works with school leadership and educators to ensure that the partnership with Roundabout best serves their goals. Carrie also works with educators to implement theatrical teaching by instructing at Roundabout’s Theatrical Teaching Institute and training the cast and crew of Cabaret on tour to work with students.

Education Program Manager Abby Case spoke with Carrie about her career and work with Roundabout.

 

Abby Case: Tell me a bit about yourself and your artistry.

Carrie Heitman: I love dogs. Really any animal. Really love to travel. I was an artist that was only interpretive, a real “actor's actor”. But now I consider myself a generative artist too. I make things. I am co-artistic director of Hook & Eye Theater. As a devising theater ensemble, we create original pieces.

AC: How did you come to be a teaching artist? Could you share your first arts education experience?

CH: I've been a teacher since camp days. You know the drill- went to camp, became a junior counselor, then a real counselor, and then took over the drama program. My real first teaching experience would be right out of undergrad in Michigan, when I taught at a Juvie camp in New Jersey. Either these young adults could go to Juvie, or to this camp. It was a radical experience for me and put me on a path of knowing I would be involved in arts education in one capacity or another.

AC: What is your favorite part of working as a teaching artist, and what is the most challenging?

CH: There are many favorite parts. One of them is when I witness a student's confidence soar. One of the most challenging aspects is having students I am unable to reach for a myriad of reasons out of my control.

AC. Could you share a memorable lesson or moment from your time as a teaching artist at Roundabout?

CH: I remember working with an English as a Second Language student who saw Nick Payne's If There Is I Haven't Found It Yet (2012) and wrote a monologue about her experience of the play offering how she identified with one of the characters. Her level of vulnerability still astounds me today when I recall her standing in front of her peers and sharing.


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Education @ Roundabout, Teaching Artist Tuesday


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I'm thrilled to announce the cast for next season's production of Mike Bartlett’s Love, Love, Love, directed by Michael Mayer. Please join me in welcoming Richard Armitage, Alex Hurt, Zoe Kazan, Ben Rosenfield, and Amy Ryan to the Roundabout stage.

Amy is a Roundabout alum, having appeared in Uncle Vanya (also under the direction of Michael Mayer), Three Sisters, The Women, and A Streetcar Named Desire, and receiving Tony nominations for her performances in both Uncle Vanya and A Streetcar Named Desire. The rest of the cast will be joining us for the first time; they bring exceptional film, television, and theatre credits with them.

I’m honored to have this phenomenal cast bringing the US premiere of Mike Bartlett’s play to life. It’s a demanding play for actors, and I know this cast – especially under the expert direction of Michael Mayer – is more than up to the task.


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2016-2017 Season, From Todd Haimes, Love Love Love


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SIGNIFICANT OTHER Moves to Broadway

Posted on: July 11th, 2016 by Todd Haimes

 

SO-0005M-StandardArtFilesStandardArtFiles-300x300pxI’m happy to announce that schedules and theaters have finally aligned, and Significant Other will be transferring to Broadway in early 2017 with its full cast and design team intact.

The show will move into a Shubert Theatre to be announced, and performances will begin in mid-February.

The production will mark playwright Joshua Harmon and director Trip Cullman’s Broadway debuts. I’m incredibly proud to see yet another alum of the Roundabout Underground (Josh’s play Bad Jews premiered in the Underground and subsequently moved to the Pels) taking the leap to Broadway. And I am so happy that Josh’s sharp, funny, and sensitive play will be shared with a wider audience – and will again be brought to life by a phenomenal cast, including Gideon Glick and Lindsay Mendez.

This transfer marks another exciting achievement for our New Play Initiative. Thank you to everyone – most especially to Jill Rafson – for making the NPI such a vital part of Roundabout’s mission.


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