|HEATHER E. CUNNINGHAM|
Just closed Retro Productions' A DAY IN THE DEATH OF JOE EGG by Peter Nichols in the dream role of Sheila.
Recently closed the World Premiere of YOUR COLONEL by Montgommery Sutton playing Martha Washington.
Recently read Ethel Rosenberg in a developmental reading of the award winning screenplay TRIAL by Montserrat Mendez for Mozzlestead Productions.
Appeared in 2012 as Mrs. Shandig in the off-Broadway run of THE RUNNER STUMBLES by Milan Stitt: Retro Productions and The Bleecker Theatre Company in association with The Arclight Theatre, NYC.
"Heather Cunningham as Sheila gave a powerhouse of a performance, heart-wrenching as the mother and wife struggling to keep her family together." - Gina Femia, New York Theatre Review
"The cast is strong (standouts include Heather E. Cunningham as Rivard's housekeeper), the story is compelling, and the show is well worth seeing." - Wendy Caster, Show Showdown
"Ms. Cunningham is excellent." - Scott MItchell, Reviews Off Broadway
"Cunningham is simply phenomenal. She portrays Sheila with a depth and intensity that is absolutely breathtaking." - Alan J. Miller, theasy.com
"I also appreciate Heather E. Cunningham as Peg. Cunningham is a heavy-set woman who delivers a performance with a subtext that says, “I value myself, and I won’t mock myself or my weight by acting ridiculous. I know I’m desirable and worth a great deal.” I’d say “More power to her,” but Cunningham knows she has plenty of power already, and is using it splendidly. " - Peter Filichia, theatremania.com
"From the moment Heather E. Cunningham opens the play as Rosie, with a foreshadowing soliloquy of lost flowers, the audience is completely drawn into her world, her family's struggle, her pain, and ultimately her courage. Cunningham's is a performance of such strength, nobility, and beauty she literally left me breathless. Her stunning portrayal grows like a daffodil emerging from the snow until Rosie's inner struggle blossoms so fiercely, so blindingly clear, the empathy we experience is cathartic. I was left literally shaken... In the gut-wrenching climax, Cunningham and Forbrich tear your heart out. I was not alone in suppressing sobs." - Heather McCallister, nytheatre.com
"But the tragic star who attempts to be joyful and helpful, but ends the play weeping while consoling herself with one of the worst looking donuts ever seen, is Angel the chunky waitress, played by Heather Cunningham... Heather’s veneer of joy is outsized ,but the terrible teasing and abuse she absorbs from nearly every character, and hence from the world at large is palpable." - Wickham Boyle, theaterscene.net
"She is a gut-punch of an actor. Completely without concern for herself when she's in character, utterly subsumed by the demands of the script." - seanrants.com
the deeply dissatisfied estranged wife of a Vietnam vet in Retro
Productions' presentation of Emily Mann's play [Still Life],
Heather E. Cunningham burst with working-class
outrage and resentment yet made you care for this lost soul without
begging for sympathy. And in an evening of three monologues, she played
off the other two actors, never showily but always eloquently."
to Remember, 2007."
Heather was invited to be a guest blogger on the