Heather Massie as Hedy Lamarr
Heather Massie (Writer / Solo Performer) is a NYC Actor and Writer. Originally from Virginia, Ms. Massie has always been fascinated by the sciences, especially Astronomy. She studied Astrophysics at the University of Virginia, and Theatre Arts at The Virginia Tech School of the Arts, graduating Summa Cum Laude. Ms. Massie has performed extensively regionally and nationally with: Mill Mountain Theatre, Allenberry Playhouse, Flat Rock Playhouse, Phoenix Theatre, Arizona Jewish Theatre Company, Nearly Naked Theatre, Oklahoma Shakespearean Festival, Southwest Shakespeare, Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre, and Harrisburg Shakespeare Festival. In NYC she has performed at Signature Theatre in readings of the plays Legends and Apples & Oranges by playwright Leslie Lee. She is a member of WorkShop Theater, Manhattan Theatre Works, NyLon Fusion Theatre, Firebone Theatre, Abingdon Theatre, and the Negro Ensemble Company. She has also performed on Theatre Row, at LaMaMa, Metropolitan Playhouse, The Lamb’s Theatre, 45th St. Theatre, Manhattan Theatre Club, The Dramatists Guild, New Dramatists, The Actors Studio, and more. She received the Jean Dalrymple Award for Best Supporting Actor and received three AriZoni Award Nominations. She served as a Cultural Envoy to Zimbabwe for the 2008 Intwasa Arts Festival, and worked in Ecuador and St. Petersburg, Russia. Ms. Massie collaborated for many years with the late Tony-Nominated playwright Mr. Leslie Lee, another scientist turned artist. She performed at LaMaMa in his plays The Book of Lambert, and Mina, about the life of painter-poet, Mina Loy; and in Mr. Lee’s musical Martin: A New American Musical with music and lyrics by Charles Strouse, with the Negro Ensemble Company. Upon Mr. Lee’s passing in 2014, Ms. Massie founded the Leslie Lee Legacy Foundation to foster the continued production of Mr. Lee’s writings.
In an effort to join her love of science with her passion for theatre, Ms. Massie wrote and performs her solo show HEDY! The Life & Inventions of Hedy Lamarr. She has been awarded as the Outstanding Actress in a Staged Reading - 2016 Planet Connections Theatre Festivity, NYC; Festival Bestseller - 2016 United Solo Festival, NYC; Best Actress - 2017 SaraSolo Festival, Sarasota, FL; Official Selection - 2017 DivaFest, Indianapolis, IN; Inaugural Artist-In-Residence - Grange Hall Cultural Center, Waterbury Center, VT; Audience Choice Award - Shenandoah Fringe 2017, Staunton, VA; Best Actress, 2017 Galway Fringe, Ireland; Audience Choice & Sold Out Awards - 2017 IndyFringe, Indianapolis, IN; Outstanding Performance in a Solo Show - 2017 Planet Connections Theatre Festivity, NYC; and the Best Hustle Award – 2017 Charm City Fringe. She performs the show in memory of her dear friend, playwright Leslie Lee, in her Leslie Lee Memorial Tour. She was sponsored by the US Embassy, Zimbabwe for the 2017 Intwasa Arts Festival in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, and the 2018 Harare International Festival of the Arts in Harare, Zimbabwe; and went on to perform in an extensive tour of South Africa in the Unizulu Science Centre, Science Festival in Durban, South Africa, May, 2018; the Thope Foundation in Khayelitsha, South Africa, May, 2018; the Makukhanye Art Room in Khayelitsha, South Africa, May, 2018; with Women in Tech Cape Town at Alexander Bar, Cafe & Theatre, Cape Town, South Africa, May, 2018; George Arts Theatre in George, South Africa, May, 2018; and the Sci-Bono Discovery Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa, May-June, 2018. She performed in Inspirefest 2018 in Dublin, Ireland, June 2018 in the 2000 seat Bord Gáis Energy Theatre; at the Dublin Science Gallery hosted by Women in Technology & Science in Dublin, Ireland, June 2018; at Accidental Theatre in Belfast, Northern Ireland, July 2018; at Áras Éanna Arts Centre on Inisheer, Aran Islands, Ireland, July 2018; at Halla Rónáin on Inishmore, Aran Islands, Ireland, July 2018; in the Gothenburg Fringe, Gothenburg, Sweden, August, 2018; in the New York New Works Theater Festival at the Acorn Theatre on Theatre Row, NYC, September, 2018; in the Scranton Fringe Festival September, 2018; at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia at Old Cabell Hall, October, 2018; and at the historic Players Club in NYC, November, 2018.
She performed in the OnStage! Festival, Rome, Italy, January 24 & 25, 2019; followed by a tour of Ireland to St John’s Theatre, Listowel, Co. Kerry, Ireland - February 1, 2019; The Village Arts Centre, Kilworth, Co. Cork, Ireland - February 7, 2019; the Friars’ Gate Theatre, Kilmallock, Co. Limerick, Ireland - February 8, 2019; and Tech Amergin, Waterville, Co. Kerry, Ireland - February 10, 2019.
She delivered two performances at Virginia Tech in her hometown of Blacksburg, Virginia, March 22, 2019 for Women’s Month at The Cube in the Moss Arts Center, sponsored by the Virginia Tech Science Festival, the Kevin T. Crofton Dept of Aerospace & Ocean Engineering, the Bradley Dept of Electrical & Computer Engineering, the Virginia Tech Women’s Center, the Moss Arts Center, and the Institute for Creativity, Arts & Technology. She performed with ACANSA, the Arts Festival of the South in North Little Rock, Arkansas April 25, 2019; and at the Town Hall Theatre, Mainstage in Galway, Ireland, May 29, 2019.
Massie served as a 2019 Fulbright Specialist to South Africa, through the US State Department, World Learning, and the US Embassy South Africa to perform with RedFest, the Rural Education Festival in Giyani and Tzaneen, South Africa, July 22-25, 2019; with Inkcubeko Youth & Science Centre in George, South Africa for National Science Week, July 27 - Aug 3, 2019; with Christoph Meyer Maths & Science Centre in Mseleni, South Africa, Aug 5-10, 2019; and at Theatre On The Square in Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa, August 13-24, 2019.
She is slated to perform for the Stowe Theatre Guild - Stowe, VT - October 19, 2019; Gamut Theatre Group - Harrisburg, PA - October 25-27, 2019; AHA Festival - Chalmers University, Gothenburg, Sweden - November 12-14, 2019; Stone Hill Arts Series, Stone Hill Church of Princeton - Princeton, NJ - February 8, 2020; Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory - Laurel, MD - March 6, 2020; Doudna Fine Arts Center - Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL - March 10-12, 2020; National WWII Museum - New Orleans, LA - March 20-29, 2020; and Goodwill Theatre - Johnson City, NY - April 3-4, 2020. Plans are underway for further production in international festivals, regional theatres, universities, museums, libraries, schools, and scientific and cultural organizations.
Further production dates can be found at the show’s homepage www.HeatherMassie.com/Hedy and at www.heathermassie.com/hedy/upcoming
HEDY! The Life & Inventions of Hedy Lamarr is the first in Massie’s planned trilogy of shows celebrating women in science. The next will be Flying with Sally Ride: America’s First Woman in Space. In February 2019 she was the Resident Artist at the Áras Éanna Arts Centre on the island of Inisheer in the Aran Islands, Co. Galway, Ireland, for the research phase of this new work.
Further info at www.heathermassie.com/hedy
See Heather's full resume HERE