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A 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

Cultivating Curiosity

Cultivating Curiosity: Teaching and Learning Reimagined Lynne Heffley, a freelance writer and editor based in South Pasadena, Calif, edited Cultivating Curiosity: Teaching and Learning Reimagined, a book designed to improve learning outcomes: Give your students a leg up and improve learning outcomes with this revolutionary, hands-on approach to teaching In

Japanese Heritage House

Reconstructing the Japanese Heritage House The Huntington’s reconstruction of a 17th-century Japanese magistrate’s house—which was shipped to the United States in pieces in 2020 from Marugame, Japan—has made remarkable progress since a formal Shinto roof-raising ceremony marked the historic building’s early stage of reassembly in May 2021. What was then

Sabina Zuniga Varela

A life of artistry and creativity for Sabina Zuniga Varela Sabina Zuniga Varela MFA ’11 made her off-Broadway debut in July, reprising her role as Medea in the Public Theater production of Luis Alfaro’s new adaptation of his play, Mojada, inspired by ancient Greek mythology. This version, directed by Chay Yew,

Inda Craig-Galván

The many, many hats of Inda Craig-Galván In her second year at USC in the School of Dramatic Arts’ Dramatic Writing program, Inda Craig-Galván MFA ’17 began writing the play that she refers to as a reflection of her voice as a playwright and her “calling card play”: Black Super

Chinese Garden

‘Nightwalk’ in the Chinese Garden The Garden of Flowing Fragrance at The Huntington is the inspiration for playwright Stan Lai’s new site-specific work, Nightwalk in the Chinese Garden, which is having its sold-out world premiere through Oct. 26, 2018. Photo by Martha Benedict. The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical

Bill Harley Biography

Storytellers were our first magicians, our first history keepers, society builders, culture shapers and spiritual and emotional filters, making sense of the world long before written communication. For all our sophisticated technology and mass electronic entertainment, we still need those voices in the dark, by the fire, in the hall.

Trojans learn stage management

Trojans learn stage management from a behind-the-scenes pro Scott Faris has walked with dinosaurs and toured the country with crowd-pleasing hits like Cats and Cabaret. Now the veteran director and stage manager is the inaugural holder of the USC School of Dramatic Arts’ endowed professorship in stage management. The first

USC playwright Luis Alfaro

Greek tragedies inspire the work of USC drama teacher and playwright Luis Alfaro The poet and performance artist appreciates literary classics that pose great questions of the day. Playwright Luis Alfaro has an affinity for the Greek classics — plays about Sophocles and Euripides that encompass “life, death, love, sex

‘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

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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