Summer Vacation Update: Conservatory Instructor Emily Heebner

Beth Fhaner
 | Sep 06, 2019

​Emily Heebner

Adult Conservatory faculty member Emily Heebner, who teaches acting classes (Acts I, II and III) and had her young adult novel, Seneca Lake published by The Wild Rose Press over the summer. Her book is available on Amazon and at Barnes & Noble.

“It was inspired by my mother’s youth,” Emily says. “She’d grown up in the rural Finger Lakes region of New York during WWII, but my father’s career took her far away from ‘home’ for many years. Eventually they found their way back to upstate NY, near her siblings and their extended families once again. My story is inspired by my mother’s deep connection to home, family and the natural beauty of that region. My mother died at age 59. Writing Seneca Lake was a way for me to spend time with her in my imagination.”

About Seneca Lake: It’s 1944, and high school senior Meg Michaels has always obeyed her grandparents’ wishes, till now. They’re urging her to give up her dream of Cornell University and accept a ring from wealthy Hank Wickham before he deploys overseas. But Meg has studied hard and yearns for something better than life in the rural Finger Lakes. Plus, Meg’s suddenly fascinated with her childhood friend, Arthur Young, a handsome Seneca Indian farm worker. When Meg and Arthur nurse a sick puppy to health, their friendship transforms into love. But locals look down on “injuns” and resent the fact that Arthur’s farm job exempts him from military duty. While the war rages in Europe, Meg and Arthur must fight their own battles at home…

About Emily Heebner

Emily Heebner is a longtime SCR Theatre Conservatory member, writer and actor. She also teaches acting in Chapman University’s Theatre Department.

Soon after receiving her Equity card at SCR in The Diviners, Heebner became a Broadway stand-by for Noises Off, then played Brooke on that show's first national tour with Carole Shelley. She has worked at other theatre companies including Berkeley Repertory, Actors Theatre of Louisville, the Huntington, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, Virginia Stage, Arizona Theatre Company and seven seasons at A Noise Within. She’s appeared on television in “The Equalizer,” “Picket Fences,” “Chicago Hope” and numerous commercials. In recent years, she has enjoyed directing productions of Our Town, The Diviners, Eleemosynary and A Wilde Holiday. And, of course, she loves teaching and coaching actors!

After graduating from Cornell University as an English major, Heebner earned an MFA in acting at American Conservatory Theatre. Later she returned to school to earn an MA in English at CSUN, focusing on creative writing. While publishing essays and articles (The Christian Science Monitor, The Binnacle), she wrote her young adult novel, Seneca Lake. (

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