Biography


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“Through my art, I strive to better understand myself and others by listening with an open heart and responding from the depths of my own. I risk putting myself ‘out there’ trusting in my intuition to guide me. To allow you to see my vulnerability, share my dreams, admit my fears or joyously celebrate my successes takes faith and courage. To choose to be ‘me’ and to speak my truth, not knowing how you will respond, is the risk I take each time I bring a human being to life in a role. I share my authentic self and speak my truth in the hope that my art will inspire and touch your heart.”

- Heather Dick

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Joy, Vitality and a Touch of the Re-DICK-ulous!

A vivacious performer, voice artist, director, writer and Designated Linklater Voice teacher, Heather brings energy, joy and a touch of humour to all that she does.

"I have learned to expect eaxcting preparedness, boundless energy and a willingness to try anything that informs the role. Heather's sense of fun never overshadows her professionalism. She certainly is not afraid to explore the darker aspects of the human experience and brings a zest and joy to her rehearsal and performance that is a pleasure to support." Marianne McIsaac - Director (Old Love), Actor, Acting Coach

She has worked across Canada performing in, directing or producing more than 80 shows and is a highly sought-after voice and acting coach. When not working on film, television, commercials or voice projects, she loves the live, moment-to-moment interaction with an audience that is an essential part of acting on the stage. When directing, she carefully and respectfully interprets the world imagined by the playwright through lighting, sound, music, sets and costumes so that she and her actors can delve deeply into the text and bring ‘real’ human beings to life.

In 1989 Heather founded the Sirius Theatrical Company (Toronto) to explore a diverse range of approaches to performance outside of the traditional theatre structure. From the seed of a dream, Heather built the STC into a flourishing organization. As a part of the Toronto theatre scene for 30 years, the STC has mentored emerging artists, offered professional voice and acting training, and produced critically acclaimed multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural performance pieces that integrated acting, dance, photography, music, visual art and spoken word.

Heather and the STC were the recipients of several cultural grants to develop new works including: the Government of Canada Canadian Heritage 1812 Commemoration Fund (Forgotten Voices); the City of Toronto Cultural Hotspot Signature Partnership program (My Lakeshore, My Home); and the City of Toronto Culture Division - TO Live With Culture program (Tapestry of Dreams/Dreamweavers). In 2013, Heather and the STC were presented with the GEM of the LAKESHORE Award - Culture & Recreation for their work in “promoting arts and culture in the Lakeshore/Mimico community of Toronto”. Heather, herself, received the Lakeshore Arts organization’s Impact Award in 2015 in “recognition of making continuous positive change and using the arts to engage and strengthen” the Lakeshore/Mimico community.

As a writer, Heather has been published in two anthologies and is the winner of the Joseph Smrdelj Short Story Contest 2017.

Heather’s work is rich, instinctual and vibrant with a touch of the Re-DICK-ulous!

SELECTED CREDITS


theatre

False Claims | Linda (Lead) | False Claims Collective | Toronto

Electra | Clytemnestra (Lead) | Newmarket National Play Festival | Toronto

Leaves Beneath The Trees | Julia (Lead) | Newmarket National Play Festival | Toronto

Knickers! | Barb (Lead) | Upper Canada Playhouse | Ontario

Halfway There | Rita (Lead) | Globus Summer Theatre | Ontario

Old Love | Molly (Lead) | Sirius Theatrical Co. | Toronto

Jewel (One Woman Show) | Marjorie (Solo Lead) | Sirius Theatrical Co. | Toronto

Borne and Razed (Musical) | Patricia (Lead) | Newmarket National Play Festival | Toronto

The Diagnosis | Dr. Jacobi (Lead) | Newmarket National Play Festival | Toronto

Forgotten Voices | Henrietta / Director / Playwright | Sirius Theatrical Co. | Toronto Tour

Who Am I This Time? | Doris (Supporting) | Tarragon Extra Space | Toronto

StreetHearts | Lucy (Lead) | Sirius Theatrical Co. | Toronto

Same Time Next Year | Doris (Lead) | Kawartha Summer Theatre | Ontario

Towards Zero | Kay (Lead) | Kawartha Summer Theatre | Ontario

Talley's Folly | Sally (Lead) | Sudbury Theatre Centre | Ontario

The Mousetrap | Molly (Lead) | Sudbury Theatre Centre | Ontario

The House of Blue Leaves | Bunny (Lead) | Banff Festival | Banff, Alberta

film & television

Fireworks (Short) | Theresa (Lead) | R.U. Productions

Resident Evil: Apocalypse | Scientist (Actor) | Constantin Films

Prom Night III | Sarah's Mom (Principal) | Prom Night III Productions

Talk To Me (MOW) | Kathleen (Actor) | Pebblehut Productions

Wild Card - A Felony for Melanie | Reporter (Actor) | Busek II Productions

Paranormal Investigators (Pilot) | Mrs. Swindon (Principal) | Crazy Shirt Productions

The Judge - 7 Episodes | Attorney (Principal) | Variety Artists Productions

Scales of Justice - Regina vs. Pappajohn | Nurse (Actor) | CBC Productions

No Man's Grave (Short) | Jennifer (Principal) | R.U. Productions

End of War (Short) | Farm Wife (Actor) | Pangaea Pictures

audio

Audio Books - Various | Narrator | Canadian National Institute for the Blind

Fairy Tales - Audio Book | Narrator & Character Voices | Independent Productions

Voice Over - Slide Show | Narrator | City of Toronto

directing

Buried | Premiere | Newmarket National Play Festival | Toronto

Written in Stone | Premiere | Newmarket National Play Festival | Toronto

Earth Tourist (Clown) | Premiere | Chandelier Factory Productions | Toronto

Forgotten Voices | Premiere | Sirius Theatrical Co. | Toronto Tour

My Lakeshore - My Home | Premiere | Sirius Theatrical Co. | Toronto

The Art of Listening | Canadian Premiere | Southern Mirror Productions | Toronto

La Santé C'est Pas Sorcier | Theatre for Young People | Waterwood Productions | Ontario Tour

Once On This Island (Musical) | No Strings Theatre | Toronto

Into The Woods, Jr. (Musical) | No Strings Theatre | Toronto

L'invitation au Châteaux | Asst. Director | Théâtre Français | Toronto

Les Fridolinades | Asst. Director | Théâtre Français | Toronto

Le Ciel de Lit | Asst. Director | Théâtre Français | Toronto

The Copetown City Kite Crises | Theatre for Young People | Golden Horseshoe Players | Ontario Tour

The Peacemaker | Theatre for Young People | Golden Horseshoe Players | Ontario Tour

vocal coaching

Richard III, A Midsummer Night's Dream & Saltwater Moon | Show Coaching & Linklater Workshop | Shakespeare by the Sea Festival | St. John's, Newfoundland

The Lear Project | Shakespeare Text Coaching & Linklater Voice Workshops | Peterborough Theatre Guild

Forgotten Voices | Rehearsal Coaching & Pre-Show Warm-ups | Sirius Theatrical Co.

Sirius Theatrical Company (10 Years) | Linklater Voice Workshops & Private Coaching for Actors, Singers, Storytellers, Musicians

dramaturgy & writing

Earth Tourist | Dramaturge | Chandlier Factory Productions | Comedy (Clown) - One Act

My Lakeshore - My Home | Dramaturge | Sirius Theatrical Co. | Site Specific, Multi-disciplinary & Multi-cultural Performance Piece - 2 Hours

Here We Are | Co-Playwright | Sirius Theatrical Co. | Dramatic Comedy - One Act

Forgotten Voices | Playwright | Sirius Theatrical Co. | Period Drama - War of 1812 - Full Length

Dinner at Le Papillon Bleu | Playwright | Drama - One Act | Published

Colour Therapy (Short Story) | Author | 1st Prize Winner - Joseph Smerdelj Short Story Competition | Published

Ritual (Short Story) | Author | Published

training

Linklater Voice | Teacher Designation | Kristin Linklater Voice Centre | Kristin Linklater, Andrea Haring, David Smukler, & Chrisine Berg

Acting - Shakespeare | Shakespeare & Co., Lennox, Mass. | Tina Packer & Dennis Krausnick (Acting), Tori Rhoades & Kristin Wold (Movement), Susan Dibble (Dance), Michael Toomey (Clown), Melissa Baroni & Dave Demke (Voice)

Directing | Assistant Director Internship | Théâtre Français de Toronto | Under former Artistic Director, John Van Burek, Denise Filiatrault & Réné Lemieux

Michael Chekhov Technique | Michael Chekhov Canada | Rena Polley, Lionel Walsh & Peggy Coffey

Acting - Film & Television | Maruska Stankova (National Film Board of Canada), Bernadette Jones

Acting - Master Coaches | Robert Barash, Marie Mumford, Samantha Langevin

Banff School of Fine Arts | Master Drama Program - Summer | Paul Draper (Dance & Movement), Howard Dallin (Acting) , Denise Ferguson & Timothy Monich (Voice)