Heather Hamilton, Ph.D.


Address: 208 Performing Arts (PA 208)
Phone: (507) 389-1179
Email: heather.hamilton@mnsu.edu


  • Ph.D. in Drama from the University of California, Santa Barbara
  • M.A. in Drama from the University of California, Santa Barbara
  • B.A. in Philosophy and in Theatre from Plymouth State University

Heather Hamilton has 25 years of professional theatre experience as an actor, educator, and director.  She has won several honors for her work, including a “Best Professional Actress” NH Theatre award for her role as Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing.” She has directed over forty fully produced, high budget productions and innumerable smaller “rough theatre” projects. Social justice, inclusion, peace building and advocacy are key to her artistic mission.  She has volunteered for the Mankato Diversity Council as a classroom facilitator, studied peace building with CESRAN International in Turkey, served for six years on the President’s Diversity Council for Minnesota State University, Mankato, and has been a volunteer for human rights and equality both in the US and abroad.   Her research interests focus on theatre as advocacy, and performance in war zones.

Recent Publications: 
"Zombies: 21st Century Eumenides." Dissections 2011. http://www.simegen.com/writers/dissections/index.html

“We Are Chapter Eight” Playing Harry Potter. Ed. Lisa Brenner. Jefferson: McFarland Press, 2015 (with co-author John Sefel).

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