Heather Stanford

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Academic Coordinator

Office Location

Theater Dance West, Room 2601


Heather S. Stanford (Academic Coordinator, Lecturer) teaches Acting, directs the B.F.A. Shakespeare Education Internship Program, and is developing Shakespeare & Me, a pilot project of outreach programs for Santa Barbara County public schools.  She is also a director, Equity actor, writing and humanities teacher, and interfaith chaplain. Favorite regional theatre credits include A Little Night Music, Elephant Man, Twelfth Night, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, As You Like It, Taming of the Shrew, Hay Fever, Keely & Du, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, ensemble member of Rochester Children’s Theatre, and Cyrano de Bergerac; television credits include All My Children.  As an education artist, she has worked with Shakespeare & Company, the Board of Cooperative Educational Services in New York State; Playmakers Repertory Theatre in Chapel Hill, NC; and with Hanover High School. The founding artistic director of Arden Conservatory Theatre in Rochester, New York, Heather produced its three seasons, including directing a festival of one-acts, As You Like It, and Curse of the Starving Class. A native of Milwaukee, Heather took her B.A. from Yale, her M.A. in Religion from the University of Chicago, her M.A. and M.Phil. (a.b.d.) in English & Comparative Literature from Columbia University, and her M.Div. from Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, completing her residency in Clinical Pastoral Education at the University of Rochester Medical Center.  She has studied acting at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) and at Shakespeare & Company, in Lenox MA, where she has also worked as an education artist. The mother of three daughters, she recently relocated from New York to Santa Barbara with her husband, a professor of environmental law at UCLA and the Bren School of the Environment at UCSB.