Category Heather Unfiltered

My Cousin Rachel: Pre-production mood board for set design

One of the things that I do when preparing for a new show is, little-by-little, begin to build the world in my mind. I try not to get too specific, but I do create mood boards. These are just collections of ideas and imagery to guide the designers in the direction I’m visualizing. I depend […]

My homily on creativity from Art or Evidence?: Tea Liturgy

For those who may have missed it, here’s my little piece of our show Art or Evidence?: Tea Liturgy. Our theme was on creativity and how we put together this show, one bit at a time.  But my piece turned out to be a little more about what I did when I wasn’t feeling all […]

Understudying for Steel Magnolias, thinking about my mom.

Understudying this play helped me understand a bit about my late mother and a lot more about how a cast becomes a community.

The End of the Trail for me as Rogue Festival Executive Director

Official statement-like stuff: Yesterday was my last day as the executive director of the Rogue Festival. I gave the board of directors notice in January and my term finished with the second quarter board meeting last night. When I was brought on board to guide the festival in May of 2016, I promised the board […]

Bittersweet opening: Grieving and Directing “HG”

A few months back I wrote a blog post entitled POST-MORTEMS, PRODUCING ROGUE, AND PREPARING FOR MOM’S DEATH. It was about how I found out that my mom could go at any moment just a few weeks prior to Rogue Festival, my biggest event of the year. Well, as is the case with my mother, […]

Donald Munro’s contribution to Fresno theater is immeasurable – clicks or no clicks.

It’s almost like the last few weeks of arts news have been setting me up for Tuesday’s local shocker: That McClatchy Newspapers has gutted coverage of the arts and culture from both print and online. . . and that Donald Munro, the region’s resident arts journalist, was also out of a job. After the announcements […]

Post-Mortems, Producing Rogue, and Preparing for Mom’s Death

My mother’s urine is purple. This was an unexpected observation, even for me, who was her primary caregiver for over 8 years. The splotches on her back, the thinness of her skin, the protruding of her bones, the open position of her jaw, the rattle of fluids in her chest cavity and throat, the weeping […]

Reviews, Good Faith, and “Daddy Issues”

It’s been a long time since I was this bothered by a review. I long ago came to many conclusions about critics and reviews and their place in the arts ecosystem. I’ve been reviewed many times. I’ve written many reviews. I believe that without arts writers and reviewers arts communities tend to struggle. I don’t […]

Ode to The Pole

The Pole is Gone. How do I even begin to put into paltry words how I feel about The Pole? I’m surprised that my feelings are actually mixed. MIXED. For THE POLE! I mean, I knew this was coming. I was told this would happen weeks ago. But now. . . I just don’t know. […]

15 Reasons to Date a Comedian. . . or not.

My chap is writing a show.  A comedy show, specifically.  Once a stand-up comedian, always a stand-up.  Anyway, having a little fun with google searches, I found this gem from e-harmony and I just HAD to read it.  Then I just HAD to respond. Because, you know, e-Harmony is drunk. Like a comedian after a […]