About Me

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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.”

Me with my cousins Lyssa and Matt and my little brother Michael

Me with my cousins Lyssa and Matt, and my little brother Michael

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.