Professor Heffernan is department chair of Theatre & Dance, and he teaches Acting, Shakespeare and Voice. Born and raised in New Hampshire, he has worked in film, television and theatre across the country, and previously taught acting at Iowa State University. He has served as the artistic director of Instant Theatre Company in North Carolina, and Highlands Playhouse, one of the oldest professional summer stock theatres in the country.
Notable acting roles include Iago in Othello (Theater at Monmouth), Nathan Detroit in Guys & Dolls (Clarence Brown Theatre), the world premiere of Thornton Wilder's Youth (Actors Theatre of Louisville), Irwin in The History Boys (StageWest Des Moines), and Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing (Tennessee Stage). Television appearances include One Tree Hill (CW/WB), Surface (NBC), a year and a half on All My Children (ABC), and numerous commercials. Favorite directing credits include Twelfth Night, Tartuffe, Reckless, The Real Thing and Fefu and Her Friends.
At BW he has directed Henry IV Part One, Hamlet, The Seagull, All’s Well That Ends Well, the North American premiere of AA Milne's Pride & Prejudice adaptation, Miss Elizabeth Bennet, and numerous new plays. He will direct Romeo & Juliet and Henry IV Part Two for BW's 2014/15 season.
Adam received his M.F.A. from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, B.A. from The University of New Hampshire, Durham, and apprenticed at Actors Theatre of Louisville. He is a member of Actor's Equity and SAG-AFTRA. He lives in Berea with his wife, Lizzy, and their children, Henry and Willa.