Heidi Abbott has been at The Hamlin School for over 20 years and previously taught and directed for California Shakespeare Theater’s Conservatory for 11 years. She has also taught and directed for Kids on Camera, San Francisco Shakespeare Festival, Marin Theatre Company, Willows Theatre, California Theatre Arts, and Peninsula Youth Theatre. She earned a Master’s degree in Theater Education from the University of Northern Colorado as well as a Master’s in English from Middlebury College.
As a Bay Area actor, Ms. Abbott received a 2012 Shellie Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress for her portrayal of Amanda in The Glass Menagerie at Town Hall Theater and a 2000 Arty Award for Best Lead Actress for her role as Inez in MIRA Theatre’s No Exit. She has also performed with Marin Shakespeare Company, San Francisco’s Tony ‘n Tina’s Wedding, the San Francisco Fringe Festival, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Eastenders Repertory Company, The Phoenix Theatre, Calaveras Repertory Theatre, Ross Valley Players, Hayward’s Little Theatre, San Leandro Shakespeare Festival, Altarena Playhouse, Contra Costa Civic Theatre, Pear Avenue Theatre, California Travel Troupe, Palo Alto Players, Hillbarn Theatre, Actors Ensemble of Berkeley, Last Planet Theatre, Diablo Actors Ensemble, Chanticleers Theatre, Galatean Players, and the Royal Palm Players. Ms. Abbott has done some film and commercial work as well.
Ms. Abbott trained in acting with The New Actor’s Workshop in New York City, the American Conservatory Theater and Full Circle Productions in San Francisco, Richard Seyd, Bobby Weinapple, and Jeffrey Bihr. Before her theater career, she taught high school English for 9 years and coached Varsity lacrosse, cross-country, and equestrian teams. During that time, she was also a competitive horseback rider in jumpers and eventing.