It's such a fine balance to nurture an actor's process with play and trust, especially in the development of a new script and then to find the courage to reflect back to that artist when they lose their way, when they bog down in self indulgence and stop serving the forward momentum of the story. Heather is never afraid to push, to demand authenticity in every moment and to expect 150% from her team.
Marianne McIsaac - Alice Hearn in Buried
If scripts could be plucked from trees we would have orchards of them. The truth is, it takes a great deal of time and commitment to shape a play, to nurture it from draft to draft to draft. It's been a pleasure working with Heather as she skillfully - and tirelessly - wove a chorus of voices into a vivid glimpse of a past made present thanks to the enduring power of theatre.
Emil Sher (Playwright) - Dramaturge for Forgotten Voices
Heather Dick is a deeply committed actor and a most diligent director. It would be hard to find someone who works as hard and achieves as much in the crafting of stage performances. I could not recommend anyone more highly.
Michael Halfin, Artistic & Executive Director, NewMarket National Play Festival
It was my great pleasure, in 2014, to work with Heather in Norm Foster's two-person romantic comedy Old Love. It was, in fact, one of the happiest shows of my forty-five-year career. What I recall most vividly is the way we used theatre-games and improvisation to evolve our characters. These techniques were Heather's idea, and they were fun -- but more than that, they worked. Rarely have I felt so free as an actor, so joyous, so immersed in my role. And....the chemistry between us was terrific.
Nicholas Rice - Bud in Old Love
Working with Heather on a 2-hander play was a wonderful experience. She brings such commitment to the work and a lazer-like focus to moment to moment exploration and choices. Heather's passionate, fully grounded presence on stage was an inspiration for me to play off of and I would do it again in a heartbeat.
Jeff Gruich - Robert in The Leaves Beneath the Trees
As an actress, being directed by Heather was like a breath of fresh air! Her attention to detail within the production and finding the deeper meaning of the story and characters was astounding! I look forward to the next time we work together!
Stephanie Christiaens - Gabriel in Written in Stone
Thank you so much Heather ... for a truly profound exploration of Voice and Being. ... I discovered at least 5 profound keys into unlocking my instrument ... and ... essential new vistas of Voice and Wellbeing and Creative potential. Deeply thankful for this experience and your warm guidance within it.
Alanis Peart, Actress
The on-stage chemistry...is simply beautiful. It is funny and spirited and the actresses...create a sense of emotion...the audience can feel. [A] superb group of actors...
Linda, George’s sister-in-law, played by Heather Dick, .... doesn’t accept anything going on around her except what she wants to be true. ... [H]er obliviousness reads as part comedy, and part coping mechanism, a pairing Dick pulls off like an actor who thinks of a stage when they think of home. In her hands, Linda’s evasions are a clinic in the art of timing ...
Mooney On Theatre
Forgive me for not finding the time to *THANK YOU* for the wonderful job you did in the Beyond Reason reading at Toronto! .....I WISH YOU'D HAD A BIGGER ROLE! If I could have been there, I would have tweaked to give you more lines. ....THANK YOU AGAIN for your wonderful acting !
Teresa Lewis, Screenwriter, Beyond Reason
...a fine production that, like its title is a small gem.
The Toronto Star
You are a wonderful addition to the acting world!
Ann Birch, Writer & Editor
A deeply felt and properly considered ... production.
The Globe and Mail
Heather's guidance helped me put a real, live, human being up on stage instead of a 'character'. Her focus on what wasn't on the page through improvisation, as well as what was, ensured that I left no stone unturned in my search for who Mark was.
ROB FULTON - Mark in Final Decisions (War)
Heather was fantastic to work with. She really helped me build characters from the ground up by making me comfortable with my voice and physicality. As well as finding ways to experiment with characters, she has an eye for what can be explored and developed within an actor. She is an endlessly patient teacher with her students' best interest at heart.
Sophie Mercer, Actor
[Heather] has remarkable insight and instincts. Under her guidance I was able to flesh out the life of my character and create a rich background from which to work. She helped me to grow as an actor and I look forward to working with her again!
AMY WILSON - Maria in Final Decisions (War)
Working with Heather over the last couple of years has allowed me to open my voice and body in ways that I didn’t think were possible. Heather’s empathy, depth of knowledge and unwavering commitment to discovery and play provided me with a safe place to grow as an actor and a person.
Mary Thomas, Voice & Acting Student