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Ready, Set...Action! The Curtain Opens for Heather Reba

Release Date:
2/8/2012 10:32 AM

University of New Haven: Heather Reba Stage

An inside look into the expanding theater arts program at UNH

Heather Reba is thrilled to be joining the Department of Communication, Film & theater as theater instructor this year. Her background includes time as a professional actress, director and playwright, hailing from the Southern California area. She has performed professionally with Grammy Award nominee Adam Lambert, Tony Award Nominee Susan Egan, Metropolitan Opera’s Choreographer Daniel Pelzig, and Disney’s Vanessa Hudgens. Reba co-directs a non-profit theater and dance production company in Los Angeles and is the author/composer of the musicals Fate, Ask Dorothy, and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, which won the San Diego Playbill Billie Award for Best New Musical.

Reba directed and choreographed this fall’s production of the comedy Stepping Out by Richard Harris. The production opened to a full house and closed just as successfully, bringing in some of the fullest houses for a straight play in UNH history. This spring Reba will direct and choreograph Little Shop of Horrors. “I’m looking forward to directing my first musical at UNH,” Reba said. “I have high expectations as a director and this fall the students have lived up to them all. I’m very excited about the environment they and I are creating together here at UNH and I can’t wait to raise the bar for Little Shop of Horrors.”

The University of New Haven’s theater program is a member of the Kennedy Center American College theater Festival which provides several scholarship and learning opportunities at both the regional and national festivals held each year. This January the program will send 10 theater students to the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival in Fitchburg, MA. Five UNH students have been nominated for their performances in last spring’s “Rent” and this semester’s “Stepping Out”. James Zap, Jessica Braccia, Tyler Prigionieri, Amanda Schumacher, and Abby Wuestneck will be heading to the festival with scene partners to partake in a competition for the Irene Ryan scholarship. The festival provides theater students from all over the North East region with learning and performance opportunities that will help them grow as actors, playwrights, directors, stage managers and designers.

Reba is currently working with our
Associate Provost for International & Experiential Learning, Jeremy Geller, on creating a study abroad program with The Global Theater Project located in Florence, Italy. They hope to send the first group of students abroad for a pilot program this coming summer. 

To watch a student-created video of UNH’s theater arts program, please visit or scan the QR code below with your mobile phone!