Musical theater, film, television and now musical improv – I have come full circle. But, now I am slightly left of center, which is where I find the most joy!
Hello, my name is Heather Refvem and I have always been animated. My dad would do impressions of me when I was little. When I played “Mama Rose” in high school, my stand out number was “Mr. Goldstone” over “Everything’s Coming Up Roses.”
Me with my cousins Lyssa and Matt and my little brother Michael.
I earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from The College of Santa Fe, now Santa Fe University of Art and Design. I moved to New York City after graduation to play “Anita” in the 50th Anniversary Production of West Side Story, at the Gerald W. Lynch Theatre. New York has been my city ever since.
I grew up in Sammamish, Washington, a suburb 20 miles east of Seattle. I love the Northwest and can’t quite shake off the West Coast vibe. I seriously considered moving back not long ago because after four years in New York, my dream of Broadway was feeling much farther away than it did when I lived across the country.
As my dad said, “if you’re not catching fish, you either change your bait or move your boat.”
I picked the former. I put musical theater on the back burner to focus on ‘on camera’ acting. Soon after switching gears, I signed with the on camera commercial department at Stewart Talent and made my television debut on Celebrity Ghost Stories.
Musical theater is my first love and I recently discovered musical improv, which is perhaps the most fun thing I have ever done! The perfect marriage of my training and being my best self.
Oh! I also have the coolest day job ever! I am a tour guide for Foods of New York Tours. We give food tasting historical walking tours. I am a foodie and (I admit) a history nerd! Let me know if you schedule a tour. I give the Original Greenwich Village Tour on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. I’d love to be your guide!
So what’s the plan now? I’ll keep seeking joy and hope to share it with you.