|HEATHER E. CUNNINGHAM|
Just closed the World Premiere of AN APPEAL TO THE WOMAN OF THE HOUSE by Christie Perfetti Williams, continuing work on this beautiful piece. UPDATE! Heather E. Cunningham nominated for Outstanding Performance of an Actress in a Lead Role at the 2014 New York Innovative Theatre Awards for AN APPEAL TO THE WOMAN OF THE HOUSE which was also nominated for Outstanding Original Full Length Script and Outstanding Premiere Production.
Finished shooting short film THE PRESIDENT OF THE FAN CLUB due in 2014. You can follow the film on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/presidentofthefanclub as we navigate the festival circuit!
Appeared in 2013 in Retro Productions' A DAY IN THE DEATH OF JOE EGG by Peter Nichols in the dream role of Sheila.
Appeared in 2013 in 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."
was invited to be a guest blogger on the