“I love movies, books and other methods of storytelling. But there is something about the communal experience of theater that is unique. The actors and audience are experiencing the same performance together. I love navigating the slight differences from performance to performance. And it’s nice to have a job where every few months you have a complete change as you tell a different story,” he said.
Heil spent a few years in New York and Los Angeles before moving to San Diego with his wife in 2004. They own a home and have children ages 5 and 2.
“We wanted to find a theater town where we could raise a family without all the travel. The acting and directing work here has been plentiful. I’ve been here six and a half years and have only left town once for work.”
Heil’s last Ohio stint was directing “Twelfth Night” at the Actors Repertory Theatre in Middletown in 2001.
After “Plaid Tidings,” he will direct “Barefoot in the Park” for Moonlight Stage Productions and portray Ernst in “Cabaret” at the Cygnet Theatre, both in the San Diego area.