Heather Christian

b. 1981

American

Summary

A Time Out New York Off-Off Broadway Innovator To Watch, Heather Christian is a Brooklyn-based composer and performer who consistently illustrates her strong, multi-faceted abilities within the realms of theatre, film and contemporary avant-folk music. She has been awarded by the Obies, the Drama League, and Sundance and most recently received an honor from The Alliance of Women Film Composers for her score to the Rachel Chavkin-directed musical, Annie Salem. When Christian is not performing all over the world with her Americana-Folk band, Heather Christian and the Arbornauts, she is in high demand as a collaborator, having performed with Big Dance Theater, Taylor Mac, and Witness Relocation, to name a few. Lately, the singer-songwriter has been preparing her biggest project to date, a staged multi-media performance of her concept album, Animal Wisdom, which will debut at the Transform Festival in 2017.

Biography


Heather Christian is an Obie Award-winning composer and singer-songwriter. Recently named a Time Out New York Off-Off Broadway Innovator To Watch, the multifaceted artist consistently illustrate her strong abilities through the realms of theatre, film and contemporary avant-garde folk music.

Christian composed BAM’s The World is Round (2014 Obie, Special Citation), as well as performing in TEAM’s Mission Drift at the National Theater in London, where she was nominated for the Drama League Outstanding Performance Award.

Gregory Go Boom, a short comedy drama film Christian scored, won Sundance Film Festival’s Grand Jury Prize in 2013. The artist also composed music and lyrics for the Ars Nova / 2015 Sundance Institute Theatre Lab’s Annie Salem, where she collaborated alongside director Rachel Chavkin (Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812). Additionally, Christian was one of seven selected for the annual Sundance Institute 2016 Playwrights and Composers Retreat at UCross Foundation.

Christian’s most recent compositions include her first feature film Lemon, which premiered this January at Sundance Film Festival. Vogue featured the film as one of the "7 Best Things That Happened at This Year’s Sundance Film Festival." Furthermore Christian composed the classic Shakespeare comedy As You Like It, showing at the Folger Theatre from January 24th - March 5th 2017.

Aside from her theatre and film works, Christian is an accomplished singer-songwriter within the Americana folk band Heather Christian & the Arbornauts. Known for her eccentric voice, she pulls from the traditional gospel canon in tandem with circus music and noise rock with "five of the most virtuosic boy prodigies she could find.”

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