Dr. Heather Corwin is excited to be joining this vibrant and collaborative theatre department as the head of movement for the BFA/MFA in acting programs at NIU! Heather is coming home to Chicago (she's a native), relocating from Los Angeles, California where she spent almost a decade performing and directing. In L.A. she taught and directed shows at Pasadena City College and Azusa Pacific University. Prior to that, Heather served as an Assistant Professor of Theatre at Ashland University when the National Partners in American Theater awarded Heather the Regional Classical Acting Coach.
Heather earned her Ph.D. in clinical psychology with a somatic (body/mind) concentration at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (L.A.), MFA from Florida State University/Asolo Conservatory for Actor Training, and BFA in Theatre, dance minor, at Millikin University.
As a movement teacher, Heather integrates Alexander, Feldenkrais, Rolf, Pilates, Yoga, Fitzmaurice Bioenergetics (Tremoring), Laban, Lecoq, Grotowski, Vakhtangov, Meyerhold, and Eginton Alignment philosophies. In addition, Heather is a Certified Rolfer practicing bodywork since 1993. With her extensive knowledge of psychology, anatomy, and applied kinesiology, she uses strengthening and conditioning to train imaginative, supple, and physically diverse actors.
Heather's research examines the relationship between actor training and emotional intelligence. Dr. Corwin's dissertation (2014) is "The relationship between emotional intelligence and Sanford Meisner actor training." Other publications include:
- Evolving the Actors' Neutral Body
- A Secure Attachment is Idea to Be a Great Learner
- Attachment Theory and the Therapeutic Relationship
- Empathy and Applied Empathy through the Lens of Rolfing SI and Actor Training
- Performing, Creativity, and the Body with Monica Payne
- Attachment Theory and the Therapeutic Relationship: Healing Through Dyads (in press)
As an actress, Heather has been described as "organic," "wonderfully ebullient," and "luminous." Select performance credits include productions at the Asolo Theatre Festival, Tennessee Repertory Theater, Nashville Shakespeare Festival, Banyan Theatre Company, International City Theatre (Longbeach, CA), The Falcon Theatre, Nashville Children's Theatre, Lewis Family Playhouse, and the Cleveland Playhouse. You may also have seen her on Grey's Anatomy or in the featured role in the film Love in the Time of Monsters. Select directing/choreography credits include Five Women Wearing the Same Dress, Silent Voices (devised), Lysistrata: The Sex Strike, and Hecuba.
Head of Movement for Actor Training, BFA and MFA
Education: PhD, The Chicago School Of Professional Psychology Los Angeles, MFA in Theatre, FSU/Asolo Conservatory
Office: SB 238