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Heather Dorsey

Senior Teaching Specialist

178 Pillsbury Dr SE
249A Burton Hall


Office Hours:
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Download Curriculum Vitae [PDF]

M.A., University of Minnesota, liberal studies
B.S., St. Cloud State University, communications, theatre, and education


Areas of Interest

Speech Communication and Theatre Arts
Public Speaking and Theatrical Direction


Heather is co-owner of Big Pictures Ventures, specializing in writing, directing, and producing entertainment productions. She is a freelance director and performer in the Twin Cities area as well as a former directing fellow with the Penumbra Theatre.

Courses Taught

  • PSTL 1461—Multicultural Perspectives in Public Speaking
  • PSTL 1312—Creating Identities Through Art and Performance
  • EDHD 1525W—First-Year Inquiry: Multidisciplinary Ways of Knowing

Selected Publications

  1. Pedelty, M., Dorsey, H., & Thompson, M. (2009). A bridge to somewhere. In P. Nunnally (Ed.), The city, the river, the bridge. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press.

  2. Dorsey, H. (2003). Acting out: A tableau teaching method. The Evergreen State Collection of Academic Articles.

  3. Dorsey, H. (2002). Redirecting classical theatre: An intertextual approach to drama.

Selected Presentations

  1. Dorsey, H. (2014, February). Embodied learning: Moving beyond text and talk. National Convention on the First Year Experience, San Diego, CA.

  2. Dorsey, H. (2013, December). Using narrative to engage first generation students in the first year. The First Year Experience, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN.

  3. Dorsey, H. (2013, January). Using narrative to engage first generation students in the first year. 32nd Annual Conference on the First-Year Experience, Rollins College, Valencia College, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL.  [handout]

  4. Dorsey, H. (2005, September). Channeling art for a healthy life. Universityof Minnesota Civil Service Retreat, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN.

  5. Dorsey, H. (2005, May). Public speaking for student leaders. The Vietnamese Student Association National Convention, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN.

  6. Dorsey, H. (2005, March). Solo in ensemble: Using performance techniques to teach social justice. The Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA.

  7. Dorsey, H. (2004). All the world’s a stage: Internationalizing performance courses. Internationalizing On Campus Courses, Center for Teaching and Learning, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN.

  8. Dorsey, H. (2002). Acting out: Using performance to aid the high school to college transition. College Reading and Learning Association, Minneapolis, MN.

  9. Dorsey, H. (2002). Integrating drama into church services. Friendship Church, Prior Lake, MN.

  10. Dorsey, H. (2001). Stage movement tells a story. Friendship Church, Prior Lake, MN.

  11. Dorsey, H. (1998). What is Shakespeare really saying? Instructional In-Service for high school students in the Acting Conservatory Stage’s Theatre, Hopkins, MN.

  12. Updated September 8, 2016