Heidi Nees

Assistant Professor,
Mainstage Production Director


  • TH210 Introduction to Theatre
  • TH227 Theatre History I
  • TH228 Theatre History II
  • TH290 Script Analysis
  • TH305 Topics in Diversity on the American Stage
  • TH345 Rehearsal and Performance

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About Heidi L. Nees

Assistant Professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance, Dr. Nees holds a Ph.D. in Theatre from Bowling Green State University, in addition to an M.A. in Theatre from Illinois State University and a B.S. in Acting from Ball State University. Her research interests include theatre historiography, politics of representation, Native American drama, representations of the American “frontier” in performance, and outdoor historical dramas. Dr. Nees regularly presents research at conferences including Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE), American Society for Theatre Research (ASTR), and the Mid-America Theatre Conference (MATC). For ASTR, she served as co-convener of the Indigenous Performance Research in the Americas ASTR Working Group for four years, and has served as Mentor to graduate students at ASTR and MATC. Dr. Nees has published in Theatre History Studies, Popular Entertainment Studies, Theatre Journal, Theatre Survey, and Ecumenica.

In addition to teaching and research, Dr. Nees enjoys directing; past productions at Cal Poly include Spike Heels, The Crucible, and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Directing credits outside of Cal Poly include; Bye Bye Birdie (SLO Little Theatre), The Winter’s Tale (Bowling Green State University), All My Sons (Ball State University), and Children of Eden (Muncie Center for the Arts).

Dr. Nees also serves as faculty advisor to Students’ Stage and as a KCACTF Region VIII respondent.

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