Heather Townsend is an American actor + singer based in Chicago.

Her credits are varied—from Shakespeare and Tennessee Williams, to musical theatre, avant garde, cabarets, and commercials. Work includes productions with Mercury Theatre, Shattered Globe, Northlight, Remy Bumppo, Dog & Pony, Theatre Wit, Apple Tree, Next, and readings with the Goodman and Steppenwolf.

Townsend is delighted to serve as a Porchlight Music Theatre's Artistic Associate, where she's also performed in productions of The Gifts of the MagiNine, Sunday in the Park with George and Macabaret.

A graduate of Columbia University and The University of Chicago Law School, Heather is a former lawyer turned proud wife, actor, and mother of two.


+ Film

Sunshine Park, Principal
Ian Karbal Productions; Directed by Ian Karbal

Single File, Supporting
Cinema Libertad; Directed by John Pontarelli

First Bass, Supporting
USC/Elemeno Productions; Directed by Phil Hodges

+ Television

Empire Ep. 403, Co-Star
Twentieth Century Fox; Directed by B. Woodruff

Sears, Principal
Havas Worldwide

+ Theatre

If I Forget, Ellen Manning
Victory Gardens Theatre; Directed by Devon De Mayo

1776, John Dickinson
Porchlight Revisits; Directed by M. Weber

Company, Joanne
Mercury/Venus Cabaret Theatre; Directed by W. Stearns

Hairspray, Velma Von Tussle
Paramount Theatre; Directed by A. Mak

Stutter (Reading), Lyndsey
Goodman Theatre; Directed by S. Carden

Bernstein’s Operas (Concert), Dede/Trio
Goodman Theatre; Directed by S. Scott

Miss Marx (Reading), Annie Besant
Steppenwollf Theatre, Directed by J. McDermott

Black and White Ball (Reading), Babe Paley
Forward Theatre Project; Directed by A. Mak

A Grand Night for Singing, Lynne’s Track 1
Mercury Theatre; Directed by K. Bellie

Let’s Misbehave, Dorothy Fox
Valley Repertory; Directed by K. Bellie

Orpheus Descending, Carol Cutrere
Shattered Globe Theatre; Directed by J. Ehre

Icarus, The Gloria
Boho Theatre Ensemble; Directed by P. Sullivan

Roadkill Confidential, Melanie
Dog & Pony Theatre; Directed by D. DeMayo

Boojum!, Mrs. Hargreaves 2
Chicago Opera Vanguard; Directed by J.McDermott

The Gifts of the Magi, The City—Her
Porchlight Music Theatre; Directed by M. Lococo

Cinderella, Stepmother
B’way in Chicago/Em.City; Directed by E. Nolan

Breaking Up is Hard to Do, Esther
Fox Valley Repertory; Directed by K. Bellie

The Man Who Came to Dinner, Lorraine Sheldon
Circle Theatre; Directed by M. Redmon

Sunday in the Park With George, Yvonne
Porchlight Music Theatre; Directed by W. Stearns

On Golden Pond, Chelsea
Buffalo Theatre Ensemble; Directed by A. Shanahan

Hello Again, The Actress
Boho Theatre Ensemble; Directed by M. Ryzeck/S. Rader

Macbeth, Witch 1
CityLit Theatre; Directed by Susan Hart

Macabaret, Maude Lynn
Porchlight Music Theatre; Directed by W. Stearns

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Maggie
NightBlue Theatre; Directed by B. LaDuca

Past Tense (Reading), Olivia
Remy Bumppo Theatre; Directed by A. Dymond

Old Times, Anna, Kate u/s
Remy Bumppo Theatre, Directed by J. Bohnen

Wings, Nurse

Apple Tree Theatre; Directed by M. Lococo

Grey Gardens, Edith/Edie u/s
Northlight Theatre; Directed by B.J. Jones

Nine, Luisa Contini
Porchlight Music Theatre; Directed by W. Stearns

American Dream Songbook, Dinah/Trio u/s
Next Theatre; Directed by J. Loewith

A Christmas Story, Mother

Theatre Wit; Directed by J. Pelton

The Frogs, Virilla
Pegasus Players; Directed by J. Skelton

Whirlybirds (Staged Reading)
, Jill Laconda
Stage Left; Directed by E. Margolius

Romeo and Juliet, Lady Capulet
Theatre Classics; Directed by C. Probst

Happy End, The Fly

Brown Couch Theatre; Directed by M. York

1) Jeff Nominated for Outstanding Revue
2) Jeff Nominated for Outstanding Musical; Outstanding Ensemble;
3) Artistic Associate at Porchlight