Driven to comedy by law school, Heather Gold continues to mix mind with matter, never doing the same set or show twice. Heather’s unique style is a reflection of her unorthodox artistic path, reflecting her studies at Yale, Northwestern Law, Groundlings, improv legend Cynthis Szigeti (who’s been a big influence on other students like Conan O’Brien and Lisa Kudrow) years in the geek and entrepreneurial culture of Silicon Valley.
Heather has the unique ability to make connections between the most unlikely things, and create an immediate intimacy with any audience. Her monologues and riffing stand-up performances fuse personal stories, social observation and conversation. She counts Paul Mooney, Uncabaret, Alice Waters and the Internet among her influences. While performing for her geek audience at SXSW one year, Heather discovered the audience was funny too and began experimenting with open sourcing elements of her shows.
“People are interested in each other. Performance has always been a way of having a unifying collective experience. Today, live performance has an opportunity to do what Congress, towns, big media and perhaps our courts are failing to do: Be a public space in which we can be our whole selves together. This is theatre as commons.”
Heather’s hosted Austin Gay Pride, written for actor Alan Cumming, opened for Margaret Cho and starred in her debut solo show—”I Look Like An Egg, but I Identify As A Cookie“—in which she has made over 50,000 chocolate chip cookies with audiences in venues and colleges across the country. Cookie ran for over a year in San Francisco and was named Best of the Bay by The Oakland Tribune and recognized by Curve magazine in 2004 with their National Theatre Award. Heather won this award in 2005 for The C Word, co-written and performed with Jen Kober (Treme). In 2006, Cookie workshopped at invitation at Ars Nova, one of Off-Broadway’s hottest new theatres, which has worked with comic talents like Sarah Silverman, Sandra Bernhard and Julia Sweeney.
Heather emcees and performs for venues and clients across North America, and contributes to magazines and newspapers like The San Jose Mercury News, the Toronto Globe & Mail and CBC Radio. She’s a regular storyteller on CBC’s Definitely Not the Opera. Heather hosted the podcast Tummelvision.tv on the TWIT network about social engagement in a networked world interviewing guests like Prof Lawrence Lessig and looping cellist Zoe Keating. She’s been quoted and covered in places like WIRED, Salon and NPR. Heather is one of the creators of EqualityCamp, which brought geeks and activists together around the current gay marriage movement. She’s a Fellow at the University of Toronto’s Mark Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies.
Her second show The Law Project, won grants from the Zellerbach Family Foundation and Theatre Bay Area and was performed at Dixon Place during the Hot Festival. Heather’s talk show subvert with heather gold (f/k/a The Heather Gold Show) brought the audience show getting past the surface with inspiring innovators and artists like W Kamau Bell and Michelle Tea. She recently worked with director Kevin Clarke on “Cookie” which Berkeley’s Shotgun Players produced in both 2013 and 2014. Heather co-hosts the podcast Morning Jew asking if the headlines are good for the Jews with guests like Transparent writer Faith Soloway and Last Week Tonight’s Josh Gondelman. Personal highlights include The Hairpin's dubbing her approach to performance as "Consensual Comedy” and a show at Gettysburg College in which she got 20 students to come out of the closet in an hour. She’s currently at work on her next interactive show Everything is Subject to Change. She lives in Oakland.