Adam Heffernan

Chair, Theatre and Dance Department
Associate Professor
M.F.A., The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Adam Heffernan

Adam HeffernanChair, Department of Theatre and Dance
Associate Professor of Theatre

M.F.A., The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Adam Heffernan is an associate professor of theatre and the chair of the department of theatre and dance. He teaches acting, voice, period styles and Shakespeare. Born and raised in New Hampshire, he has worked in film, television and theatre across the country, and he 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), one and a half years on "All My Children" (ABC) and numerous commercials. Some favorite directing credits include "Twelfth Night," "Tartuffe," "Reckless," "The Real Thing" and "Fefu and Her Friends."

At BW he has directed "Romeo and Juliet," "The Two Noble Kinsmen," "Henry IV Part One" "Henry IV Part Two," "Hamlet," "The Seagull," "All’s Well That Ends Well," the North American premiere of AA Milne's "Pride and Prejudice" adaptation, "Miss Elizabeth Bennet," and numerous new plays.

Heffernan received a Master of Fine Arts in acting from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville under the leadership of Jed Diamond. He received a Bachelor of Arts in theatre from The University of New Hampshire, Durham, and he apprenticed at Actors Theatre of Louisville under the leadership of Jon Jory. He is a member of Actor's Equity and SAG-AFTRA.

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