Musical theater, film, television and 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.”
I grew up in Sammamish, Washington, a suburb 20 miles east of Seattle. I earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from The College of Santa Fe, now Santa Fe University of Art and Design. After graduation, I moved to New York City to play “Anita” in the 50th Anniversary Production of West Side Story, at the Gerald W. Lynch Theatre.
I spent seven years in New York pursuing my dream of being an actor as well as working as a culinary tour guide for Foods of New York Tours. I truly embraced my time in New York but my Broadway dreams were feeling further 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 first 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.
A few years later… “I moved my boat”… I am now back in the Northwest and proud to be a member of Seattle’s thriving arts community! Check out my blog for details on upcoming performances.