Gary Heisserer PhD
Professor of Theatre
Gary Heisserer, Ph.D., Professor of Theatre/Director of University Assessment teaches directing, playwriting and theatre history classes at Graceland University. Every year, Dr. Heisserer directs in one of Graceland’s extraordinary spaces, The Shaw Center. He also teaches a course on the theatre and film of the Jewish Holocaust, a course that looks at a remarkable and notorious period in history as conceived by playwrights and filmmakers.
Dr. Heisserer is involved in professional theatre in Kansas City. He serves on the board of the Unicorn Theatre, and last spring, directed the world premiere of William Missouri Down’s How to Steal a Picasso. It was a great experience for him, working once again in a professional setting.
Dr. Heisserer has a particular fondness for new plays (he has served on the board of the National New Play Network in Washington, D.C.) and has directed many contemporary works at Graceland.
Dr. Heisserer has a passion for travel and has taken students several times to both London and New York for plays and big city culture.
Away from the office, Dr. Heisserer spends as much time as possible with his magnificent wife, Karla and his two exceedingly spectacular cats – Max and Wee Thomas.