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lynneheffley2A former general arts staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, Lynne Heffley is a versatile writer-editor available for projects in the areas of the arts, general topics, books, manuscript editing and corporate communications (biographical profiles, annual report features, fundraising letters and promotional material). Lynne is a collegial collaborator and an effective communicator of ideas and creative missions.

Recent Projects

‘Pie in the Sky’

Theater Preview: ‘Pie’ serves as recipe about mothers, daughters “Yes, we’re cooking an apple pie right on stage,” said Maria Gobetti, co-artistic director of the Victory Theatre Center. Make that two dozen apple pies — one pie will be baked from start to finish during each of the 24 performances

USC Repertory Theater

USC graduate students get a taste of repertory theater At the end of each third and final year of the USC School of Dramatic Arts’ MFA Acting program, graduate students perform three plays in repertory, a challenge that tests not only the skills and knowledge the actors have acquired during

Review: A Child of Books

A Child of Books Fall 2016 Picture Books Ages: All Ages Author: Oliver Jeffers Illustrator: Sam Winston Publisher: Candlewick Press Hardcover Price: $17.99 Review: In this striking collaboration between artists Oliver Jeffers and Sam Winston, words from lullabies and classics of children’s literature (and images of weathered tomes) serve as

USC Fine Arts

10 Years Strong: One of the country’s most diverse graduate acting programs celebrates a decade of success The Master of Fine Arts in Acting Program at the University of Southern California’s School of Dramatic Arts is a progressive three-year course of study that fuses classical conservatory training with an innovative

Review: You’ve Got Me

You’ve Got Me Fall 2016 Music Ages: 3 – 8 yrs. Producer: Sara Lovell CD Price: $15.00 Review: With imaginative lyrics, sparkling harmonies, intriguing musical layers-and above all, writing, instrumentation, and performance shaped to match the mood and content of each winning song-pop/rock artist Sara Lovell taps into that place

Review: Amazing Water

Amazing Water: An Introduction to Classical Music (by Ana Gerhard) Fall 2016 Audio Book Ages: 4 – 9 yrs. Producer: The Secret Mountain CD Price: $16.95 What a gorgeous way to introduce children (and interested adults) to classical music. Each component of this book-and-CD package has been crafted with care,

‘Bars and Measures’

Theater Preview: ‘Bars and Measures’ tackles terrorism, brotherhood and music A well-known New York jazz musician, a convert to Islam, has been arrested in a federal sting operation as a terrorist sympathizer. During visits with his younger brother (a classical pianist and a Christian), music is the language the two

The Secret Life of Stinky

There’s more to the corpse flower than its giant bloom Behind the scenes at The Huntington, in a quiet greenhouse tucked away from public view, something big is brewing. There, among orchids of every description, thrive 43 representatives of one of the wonders of the plant kingdom: the Corpse Flower.

Trees in a Time of Drought

The Huntington serves as ground zero in a race to research, and ultimately kill, the pests that threaten Southern California’s trees Four years of historic drought. Restricted water use. The Darth Vader of tree pests and assorted other destructive bugs, diseases, fungi, and root rot. To protect and maintain the

Professional Experience

Freelance Writer/Editor

General arts, corporate projects | 2008-Present

  • Feature writer (theater, fine art, classical music, home design) and/or reviews (theater, children’s music) for Center Theatre Group, Los Angeles Times Community Newspapers, Los Angeles Times Calendar, Parents’ Choice Foundation, Pomona College Magazine, University of Southern California (School of Dramatic Arts, Callboard Newsletter), Art Center College of Design, Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens (Frontiers Magazine); Arroyo Monthly Magazine/Pasadena Weekly.
  • Annual report author and magazine writer for AbilityFirst, a non-profit social services organization.
  • Annual report features, promotional brochures and/or fundraising materials and donor profiles for non-profits Harriett Buhai Center for Family Law, Braille Institute, Gabriella Axelrod Education Foundation, Pacific Asia Consortium in Employment (PACE).
  • Editor: online publications, manuscripts, publicity material
  • Other corporate writing: Publicists’ marketing material
  • Biographical profiles
  • Multi-genre book reviews for Kirkus Book Reviews
  • Children’s music and audio book criticism for the nonprofit Parents’ Choice Foundation

Staff Writer

LAT logoLos Angeles Times – Los Angeles, CA

  • General arts reporting, feature writing, reviewing
  • Definitive profiles of leading and emerging playwrights, directors, designers, composers, musicians, dancers, visual artists and photographers. A sampling: late iconic post-World War II abstract artist Lee Mullican, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Horton Foote, Tony Award-winning theater costume designer Catherine Zuber, color photography pioneer William Christenberry, photographer Christopher Beane, Oscar-winning Chinese composer Tan Dun (“Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”), noted avant-garde cellist Robert Een.
  • Initiated comprehensive report on ballet injuries, advances in treatment and prevention techniques.
  • Caught early ballroom dancing trend with Calendar Weekend cover story.
  • Theater reviewer.
  • Responsible for weekly theater budgets, photography sessions and the coordination of hand-out art for features and reviews.
  • Regular substitute editor for daily entertainment news column. Canvassed wire services, selected items to be used, edited writers’ copy, determined the column’s lead photo.

Other Los Angeles Times positions:

Theater Listings Editor
Rewrote and condensed copy, pulled quotes, streamlined listings process through numerous computer system updates; singled out by editors and the theater community for comprehensiveness and accuracy.

Children’s TV Reviewer and Reporter

  • Analysis of children’s programming through features, news and reviews.
  • In-depth coverage and analysis of such iconic hits as “Sesame Street,” “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,” “Barney,” “Blue’s Clues,” “Teletubbies,” “That’s So Raven.”
  • Definitive profiles of Fred Rogers, obits and appreciations of Rogers, Jim Henson, Shari Lewis.
  • Family programming panelist, convention of National Association of High School Journalists.

General TV Coverage
Miscellaneous features and reviews of TV movies, women’s and family social and health issue documentaries and nature shows.

Children’s Arts and Entertainment Critic and Reporter

  • Spearheaded the first regular critical coverage of local, national and international adult children’s theater at a major metropolitan newspaper.
  • Perceived by the Los Angeles theater community to have raised the bar for the professionalism of theater for young audiences through considered reviews.
  • Created two weekly columns and daily and Sunday features as part of the growing children’s beat. Included regular coverage of children’s music, arts programs, video/DVD.
  • Profiled children’s music artists, including the field’s first superstars. Reported the major labels’ experiment with independent children’s artists and the crossover of adult music artists’ into children’s music, spotlighting children’s music as a growth industry.

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Parents' Choice Foundation Award for Sesame Street for Military Families t.co/FTAOYvlcYb

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The fight to save Boyle Heights' Casa 0101 Theater, founded by ‘Real Women Have Curves’ playwright t.co/8HaCBHdo1j

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! Playwrights get a new stage: Audible announces 15 writers for audio theater project t.co/YiU7B92v7q


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