Meg Heimstead gets around. In the last eight months or so shes starred in Christmas Trio at Gorilla Theatre, Hate Mail at The Studio@620, and Dead Mans Cell Phone at Jobsite Theater. In each, she was superb, effortlessly creating characters torn by deep psychological ambivalence, animated by wonderfully funny narcissism, or driven by obsession and a fierce will to heal wounds. Her next appearance will be in August, when shell play Marcie in the comedy about grownup Peanuts characters called Dog Sees God, also at Jobsite.
And then? After that I have no work, she laughs, so Im just cramming it in, I guess. Were sitting in her office at American Stage, where shes education director. When I tell her that it feels as if she appeared on the scene only a year or so ago, she reminds me that shes been acting in the area for seven years with a big gap in her resume during the middle of that period. The first show was Bach Among the Flowers at the Gorilla Theater....That was the first thing I did right after I moved here. Then I did the American Stage school tour. So then I kind of stopped acting for a while, and decided I was going to get a regular job. She worked for Clear Channel Radio, at first as a sales assistant and later as promotions director for country station 103.5. After she was let go, I called Julie [Rowe], and I got into teaching at American Stage and that opened up my schedule to start working in theater again. She had key roles in Embedded and the short-lived Hurlyburly, and she was stunning in Rabbit Hole. It was while watching her in Rabbit Hole, in fact, that I first realized what a prodigiously talented actress she is.