Adriane Heflin (Photo from the Children’s Theater Company)

Great Neck Native Fulfills Dream Of Working In Theater

Adriane Heflin, a Great Neck native, has been the technical director at Children’s Theater Company (CTC) for 15 years now.

Children’s Theatre Company in Minneapolis, MN is the nation’s largest and most acclaimed theatre for young people and serves a multigenerational audience. It creates theatre experiences that educate, challenge, and inspire nearly 250,000 people annually.

Growing up in Great Neck, so close to New York City, allowed Heflin to form an appreciation for the arts from a young age.

“I was lucky because my parents took me to see Broadway shows in the city and to Lincoln Center to see ballet and dance shows. It was really a great introduction to the arts,” said Heflin.
Heflin attended Great Neck North High School and graduated in 1992.

“I was in all the plays in high school. I was a thespian. I did theater every day after high school, but I never understood that I could make a living doing theater without being an actor,” said Heflin. “I thought you had to be an actor, and I was certainly not a good actor. But, I liked doing a lot of the backstage stuff.”

In college, Heflin learned about the opportunities available to be a part of plays and musicals from behind the scenes. After graduation, she attended Washington University and then the Yale School of Drama, earning an MSA in Technical Design and Production.
After college, Heflin worked at the Guthrie Theater for a few years before seeing an opening at CTC.

“I came to CTC and I learned about the mission of the work we do here, and I met some people, and I was happy with what I saw,” said Heflin. “I really just was blown away and they offered me the job and I made the move. It was the best decision I ever could have made. I love the work here.”

CTC recently announced its 2024-25 season, visit to learn more.

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