When "I thought Drama would be an easy credit" becomes "I want a career on Broadway"!FULL

When "I thought Drama was the an Easy Credit" becomes "I have to perform on Broadway" will explore ideas of how to prepare students at a high school age for what a professional career in the performing arts may entail.  In a conversational format, we'll explore some of the things teachers can be doing and encouraging in their programs to equip and guide students towards auditions for post-secondary training as a first step towards becoming professional artists, cultivating the skills as they present in young artists, and managing the wide range of skillsets and talents that are brought together in one class.  We'll also explore what demands, expectations and trends the industry has on today's working artists.  Coming from my experience both training and working as a Musician, Theatre & Music Director in Los Angeles, NYC, and currently engaged as the Artistic and Education Director at the Canadian College of Performing Arts, I'll facilitate discussions around these topics and share some key things to support the work educators are doing in their home programs.  

To Bring

A way to take notes and experiences to share and talk about. 


Heather Burns

Heather Burns, originally from the Comox Valley, lives on Vancouver Island and works as a free-lance musician and is the Artistic and Education Director at the Canadian College of Performing Arts.  After studying and working in LA, Washington, Winnipeg, the Banff Centre of Performing Arts, and New York City, she has made Victoria her home.  She holds a MA in Performaning Arts, and enjoys opportunities to teach & perform both locally and abroad.  Heather has released 2 CD’s, “Child’s Play” (2005) and “Road Back Home” (2008), both instrumental mixes of music reflecting the jazz, Celtic, Roots, and classical influences that have cultivated her style over 15 years of study and training.

Burns has an established career as a musician, arranger, writer & music director in the theatre with companies such as the Belfry Theatre, Western Canada and Chemainus Theatre, Victoria Operatic Society, and Kaleidoscope Theatre.  Recent productions include Will Rogers Follies, My Fair Lady, Miss Saigon, Beauty & the Beast, Spring Awakenings, Les Miserables, Mary Poppins, Light in the Piazza, & a touring production of Forever Plaid. 

Heather is the music director, manager, arranger, pianist and vocalist with the Victoria-based swing & show band, “Dock Side Drive”.

 Her performing career has taken her through Europe, USA & Canada, but she also loves to be at home with family & friends enjoying the simple pleasures of life…a cup of coffee, a good conversation and the relationships that make life rich and inspire great art.