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Carin Heidelbach

Lecturer in English and Global Arts Studies

Contact: cheidelbach@ucmerced.edu

Originally from California’s Central Valley, Carin is an Assistant Professor of Acting and Directing in the Theatre Department at CSU Stanislaus, where she teaches all levels of Acting, Directing and Introductory courses, in addition to directing in the production program. 

She has a BA in Drama from CSU Stanislaus, and received her graduate Acting training from the Theatre School at DePaul University, where she studied the acting method of Jerzey Grotowski and the Linklater vocal method. Overseas, she studied at Richmond College in London, focusing on British Theatre Studies, Shakespeare’s tragedies and the history of the West End Musical. She earned her Master of Fine Arts in Theatre, with a concentration in Performance and Directing, from Humboldt State University. Her graduate projects included plays by Sam Shepard and Shakespeare, as well as adaptations of classical Greek Drama. Her Master’s thesis focused on female characters in abusive and violent circumstances.

Carin has worked in theatre locally and far away for about 25 years. Some favorite gigs include the London International Festival of Theatre, where she worked in production and marketing for international directors such as Deborah Warner as well as South Africa’s Market Theatre, and a stint at Portland Stage Company, where she worked as an assistant director, assistant dramaturg and assistant literary manager. Carin has directed and performed at Sonora’s Sierra Repertory Theatre, where she directed original plays for children’s theatre in local elementary and high schools as well as directing on the Fallon House Stage in Columbia State Park. She spent ten-years running the Theatre program at Merced College as well as founding their Standardized Patient program for actors and the Allied Health program. Carin has also worked behind the scenes as Properties Manager at Sacramento’s Broadway at Music Circus.

She has also acted and directed locally at Center Stage Conservatory, Prospect Theater Project, Phoenix Creative Collective, CSU Stanislaus and with Merced Shakespearefest. Some of her favorite directing projects include Angels in America, The Weir, American Idiot, Titus Andronicus and A Lie of the Mind, and world premieres of Nick Zagone’s The Orchard and The White Gloriosa, and Jeanette Farr’s Blue Roses. 

Carin takes creative interest in the Theatre of the Absurd, the Margolis Method for Actors, the plays of Sam Shepard, Tennessee Williams and Sarah Ruhl, New Works, and, in particular, adapting the works of the Ancient Greeks and William Shakespeare. Carin currently serves on the Board of Director’s for Turlock, California’s Light Box Theatre Company, and Merced Shakespearefest.