Mona Heinze has served as dramaturg on numerous productions of classics, new plays, and dance pieces. She frequently collaborated with choreographer Donald Byrd (world premiere of The Seven Deadly Sins at Pacific Northwest Ballet, The Beast, exploring issues surrounding domestic violence, and The Harlem Nutcracker, performed at the Brooklyn Academy of Music and nationwide). She also worked with directors Nataki Garrett, Nancy Keystone, Irene Lewis, John Rubin, and Stan Wojewodski, as well as writers Joel Agee, Erik Ehn, Marion McClinton, Eric Overmyer, and Carl Hancock Rux. More recent projects include Marissa Chibas’ Shelter, Janie Geiser’s Tungsten, Nancy Keystone’s adaptation of Alkestis, Watts Village Theater Company’s Riot/Rebellion, Post Natyam Collective’s Sunoh! Tell me Sister!, and Rosanna Gamson’s Sugar Houses, part of which will be presented this June as a live-in theater simulcast from REDCAT. Mona has translated and adapted works by Bertolt Brecht, Marieluise Fleisser, and Hans Magnus Enzensberger.
A German Fulbright scholar, Mona received an MFA in Dramaturgy and Dramatic Criticism from Yale and an MFA in Performing Arts Management from Brooklyn College. For four years, she served as resident dramaturg at Center Stage in Baltimore. Subsequently, she taught at Johns-Hopkins University, New York University, and Brooklyn College, where she revived the MFA program in Dramaturgy. For the last twenty-two years, Mona has been a faculty member of the School of Theater at the California Institute of the Arts, teaching courses in dramaturgy, play analysis, performance analysis, adaptation/translation, witnessing, and critique modalities. From 2000 until 2010, Mona served on the board of the Flintridge Foundation in Pasadena, supporting programs in ensemble theater and community services for youth and children.