Heather Lanza is a New York City based director, arts educator, and teaching artist. After pursuing her BA in Directing for Fordham University and her MA in Applied Theater from CUNY SPS, she has continued to make bold and original theatrical works throughout the city.
Directorially, Heather focuses on new play development and the devising of original new works. Her pieces have been premiered at The Gallery Players, The Davenport, NY International Fringe Festival, Access Theater, The Kraine, Theater for a New City, The Players Theater, Bleecker Street Theater, Emerging Artists Theater, Magic Future Box, Manhattan Repertory Theater, Berkshire Fringe, and many others. Heather is also the co-founder of the NYC based Making it Happen Productions, which focuses on emerging artists voices who seek to use theater as a way to engage dialogue and promote change.
Along with directing, Heather is actively engaged in the New York City Arts-Education and Applied Theater fields, currently serving as the Director of Education for the nonprofit theater company Waterwell. The Waterwell Drama Program is in residency at the Professional Performing Arts School, serving over 200 students each year. As a teaching artist, Heather has worked for organizations such as the Creative Arts Team's Youth Theater, Waterwell, Harlem Children's Zone, and CUNY/Project Rwanda. Heather was a finalist for the Julie Taymor World Theater Fellowship and the Drama League NY Director’s Fellowship. She is an alumna of the La Mama Director’s Symposium, SDCF Observership Class, and Lark Literary Wing.