Heather E. Cunningham is primarily a stage actress located in New York City. She is the winner of the 2014 New York Innovative Theatre Award for Outstanding Actress in a Lead Role and has been nominated for the same award in 2011 as well as Outstanding Ensemble that year. In 2007 she was named a Back Stage East "Performance to Remember."
Heather has performed off Broadway for The Bleecker Company and New York Theatre Workshop and off-off Broadway for Nylon Fusion Theatre Company, The Brick, MTWorks, the Soundtrack Series, Metropolitan Playhouse's Living Literature Festival, Boomerang Theater Company, Young Playwrights, Threads New Works Series, Kef Productions, The Vital Theatre, and New York Play Development, among others. She has lent her voice to Johnny Palmetto, Net Detective and Storywave and her "image" to commercials, Manchurian Candidate and Saturday Night Live among other New York City film and television productions. In addition to regional theatre and national tours, her residency at the historic Hedgerow Theatre included appearances in over a dozen productions. Heather has performed in cabaret venues around the city, and her solo debut Boy Wanted was performed at Don't Tell Mama in New York City in 2003. In October 2003 she and two other women formed River Heights Productions. They had their first production in March of 2005. When RHP disbanded Heather continued it's mission statement renaming the company Retro Productions. In 2015, Retro has celebrated it's 10th Anniversary and has been nominated for a total of 22 New York Innovative Theatre Awards, winning two.
Heather is a proud member of the Mozzlestead Development Cast, SAG-AFTRA, Actors' Equity Association, and Retro Productions.
Heather was born in Brooklyn, New York. Her father, Jack, is a former set designer and her mother, Rebecca, is a retired professor of costume design and construction at Brooklyn College, as well as the author of the costume text The Magic Garment, Principles of Costume Design. Always knowing she wanted to be in the theatre, Heather won many performance scholarships to both the Berkeley Carroll School where she went to 7th through 12th grades, and Denison University, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Performance. Heather's first public performance was singing "Away in a Manger" for Christmas Services when she was so young she barely remembers it.