Heather Rasche


Heather Rasche is an actress, a scholar, and an associate teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework. As an actress she premiered works by many playwrights including Susan Kim, Joyce Carol Oates, and Shel Silverstein and received the Santa Barbara Independent Award for best actress in for her work in Lee Blessing's play Eleemosynary. She holds a doctorate in drama from University of California, and a PhD from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her research concentrates on the training and working lives of professional actors. Her master's thesis was a study of the pedagogy of Sanford Meisner and her dissertation, Actresses, Age, and Anxiety: The Midlife Actress in Filmed Performance is an examination of gendered ageism in Hollywood. She has presented her work at several national academic conferences and on nationally syndicated radio shows. Prior to joining the Rutgers faculty, Rasche taught at the University of Southern California School of Cinema and Television and at University of California, Santa Barbara.

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