The Obie Award-winning composer/performer Heather Christian is the daughter of a blues musician and a go-go dancer. She is a recent Sundance Fellow and Ars Nova Uncharted Member with new musical Annie Salem, alongside Rachel Chavkin.
Recent composing/performing credits include staging her own folk-blues requiem show Animal Wisdom (2017) at The Bushwick Starr, which The New York Times, Time Out New York and Vogue all positively reviewed, the latter remarking that Christian “mesmerizes with her fey Southern charm and ferocious emotional conviction.”
Additional credits include North (LaMama NYC), the TEAM’s Mission Drift, (National Theater in London) Ripe Time’s The World is Round (BAM NYC), Of Mice and Men (West Yorkshire Playhouse), the entire summer ’16 season at Hudson Valley Shakespeare (Macbeth, As you Like It, Measure for Measure) as well as numerous compositions for plays with music and experimental soundscape operas for dance. Short film scores include Man Rots from Head, Eat, Pauline Alone, Woman in Deep, and Gregory Go Boom, which took a 2014 Sundance Grand Jury Prize.
Her first score for a feature film, Lemon premiered at Sundance Film Festival January of 2017 and was later released by Magnolia Pictures. She is a long time musical and performative collaborator in devised theater with the TEAM, Jane Comfort Company, Mark Dendy, Mac Wellman, Big Dance Theater, Taylor Mac, and Witness Relocation. She was recently named one of Time Out New York’s Downtown Innovators To Watch and has been nominated for a Drama League Outstanding Performance Award. She has released 8 records and can be seen all over the world as Heather Christian & the Arbornauts in concert halls and dive bars avant-torching.