Atelier Past Faculty

Heather Christian

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Heather Christian  is the daughter of a blues musican and a go-go dancer. Primarily a songstress with her "Avant-Americana" ensemble, Heather Christian & the Arbornauts, she can be seen regularly all over the world in dive bars in front of microphones. As a theater maker, she was last seen making scores for and performing in Mission Drift (winner of 2011 Fringe First and Herald Angel) at the National Theater in London, for which she was nominated for the Drama League Outstanding Performance Award. Recent composing credits include Gertrude Stein’s The World Is Round (BAM, NYC) for which her score received a 2014 Obie citation, Of Mice and Men (The West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds), The Burnin’ (Progress Theater), Daily Life Everlasting (Norwegian Theater Acadamy, Norway and LaMama ETC, NYC), Mud (IAmA Theater Company, Los Angeles), Emily Climbs (The Brick, NYC), Labyrinth (Abrons Arts Center), Learning in Lower Animals (DTW NYC), as well as numerous compositions for short films including Gregory Go Boom, which took the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance this past year. She is currently staging her own concept album, Animal Wisdom, that she and the Arbornauts will premiere at the Transform Festival in Leeds in spring of 2017. She is a member of the Ars Nova Uncharted 2015-2016 Play Group and a 2015 Sundance Theater Lab Fellow alongside Rachel Chavkin (Natasha, Pierre &  the Great Comet of 1812, Preludes). She is a longtime collaborator in devised theater and has worked  and performed with many theater makers including the TEAM, Jane Comfort Company, Mac Wellman, Big Dance Theater, Taylor Mac, Len Jenkin, and Witness Relocation Company, of which she is a core member. She was recently named one of Time Out New York’s “Downtown Innovators To Watch." Her album Cabinet was released in 2012 to much critical acclaim, and she and the Arbornauts just released their sophomore record, House/Hymn.