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Heather Ehlers



Phone: 661.291.3020

Fax: 661.255.0462

Room: E311

Ms. Ehlers has been a professional actress for over 25 years. She appeared on Broadway in Born Yesterday, and starred Off-Broadway in Paradise for the Worried, Educating Rita, and Vampire Lesbians of Sodom. Other theatre credits include: The Clean House (Theater Works, CA), King Lear (CalArts Center for New Performance, CA), The Manson Family (Lincoln Center, NY), The Body of Bourne (Mark Taper Forum, CA), The Beauty Queen of Leenane, Dimly Perceived Threats to the System, Freedomland (South Coast Rep, CA), The Memory of Water (Steppenwolf, Chicago), Angeles In America (Intiman, Seattle), Whoʼs Afraid of Virginia Wolf? (Hartford Stage, CT), Ourselves Alone, Crime and Punishment, The Marriage of Bette and Boo, The Philadelphia Story, The Taming of the Shrew (Arena Stage, DC), as well as several movement based performances in New York City (PS122, MTG, HOME, Folk Arts Center, The Kitchen). Her international theater credits include the role of Edmund in King Lear (France), Sonia in Theyʼre Playing Our Song (India), and Abigail in The Crucible (Israel). Ms. Ehlers has guest starred on a number of TV shows including Numb3rs, Frasier, Murphy Brown, JAG, and The Tracey Ullman Show. Film credits include Red Letters, Iʼll Remember April, and Broadcast News. She starred in award-winning short films: Hope Street and A-litter-a-tion (awarded for writing as well as best actress). She also performed with the late, great Michael Jackson in his film/video Ghosts. Most recently, Ms. Ehlers wrote and performed her one-woman piece, SPIN, which was produced in L.A., and sold out in New York City as part of the 2011 United Solo Theater Festival.

Ms. Ehlers has an MFA from NYUʼs Tisch School of the Arts Graduate Acting Program. She was a company member at Arena Stage (Washington, DC) for two years where she performed in ten plays and taught summer acting workshops at Colorado College. Ms. Ehlers also worked at Hunter College (CUNY) for three years where she taught Acting, Voice and Movement. She is currently teaching full-time at California Institute of the Arts in the School of Theater, where she has been teaching Movement for Actors for over 10 years. In the summers of 2005 and 2006, she co-lead an artistic workshop with Erik Ehn in Kigali, Rwanda, where she accompanied a group of students and professionals during an International Arts Exchange Program, to study the 1994 genocide and explore a means of creatively responding to it. Afterwards, she created a short film documenting the experience that was shown at a gallery exhibit at CalArts. Ms. Ehlers has been practicing and teaching yoga for over 20 years. She is a certified instructor and teaches classes in Integral Hatha, Vinyasa Flow, Kundalini, and Yoga Works style yoga. She also studies various forms of dance. She has studied the Life/Art Process with Anna Halprin, SoulMotion with Vinn Marti, and Butoh Dance at Body Weather Lab with Roxanne Steinberg and Oguri. She performed a solo dance piece, Calluna Vulgaris, in the Flower of the Season 2009 at the Electric Lodge (Venice, CA). Over the past few years she has been studying the 5Rhythms with Gabrielle Roth, and in April 2011, Ms. Ehlers was certified as a 5Rhythms teacher.

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