Heather Helinsky

Heather Helinsky is a freelance dramaturg based in Philadelphia but a good portion of her career has also been in Pittsburgh, NYC, Boston, and DC.

Nationally, her dramaturgical work has been seen at the Accessible Theatre, American Repertory Theatre, the Apothetae, Arizona Repertory Theatre, Athena Project Festival, Borderlands Theatre Company, City Theatre, Colorado New Play Summit, Denver Center, Great Plains Theatre Conference, The Kennedy Center, The Lark, Miracle Theatre, Moscow Art Theatre’s American Studio, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Phoenix Theatre, Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, Plan-B Theatre, Plays and Players of Philadelphia, PlayPenn, Salt Lake Acting Company, Telluride Playwrights Festival, Unexpected Stage, Woolly Mammoth, and the 6NewPlays collective in San Francisco.

For the past seven seasons, she’s read and evaluated scripts for The O’Neill, PlayPenn, Great Plains Theatre Conference, Jewish Plays Project, and Sundance Theatre Lab. She has been the Literary Manager of the Pittsburgh Public and PICT Classic Theatre. In 2016, Heather received a summer fellowship to the O’Neill National Critics Institute and received mentorship from Chris Jones and in 2017, Heather became a member of the O’Neill’s Artistic Circle. She also nominates for the Kilroys List.

This season, she was the production dramaturg for Tira Palmquist’s world premiere of Two Degrees at the Denver Center and Andrea Hart’s premiere of dark is a different beast in San Francisco. For the Kennedy Center, Heather mentors student dramaturgs, regionally and nationally, since 2012, and reads for the David Mark Cohen award. Visiting Professor of Dramaturgy at Carnegie Mellon (’12-’13), University of Arizona (’07-08), Lesley University (’15-’16) and Brooklyn College (’15).  MFA in Dramaturgy and Theatre Studies from the ART/MXAT Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard. www.helinskydramaturgy.com

Role with GPTC: Dramaturg