Cordis Heard began her theater career in Chicago with Paul Sills (creator of 2nd City), as an originator of the Story Theater and Ovid's Metamorphasis as seen on Broadway and The Mark Taper Forum in LA. She also performed with the company in Spoleto, Italy at the Spoleto Festival to sold out audiences. With her return to Chicago she joined Stuart Gordon's Organic Theater Company and stayed with the company thru 1978, about 7 years, creating such pieces as WARP! The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit, Bloody Bess, Switch Bitch and others. During that time she also performed with the Goodman Theater in several productions and worked with high school students as a Teaching Artist with the Chicago Committee for Urban Opportunity on the South and West Sides.
Once she made the decision to go to New York and try her luck as a performer she found her way off Broadway at first with the ongoing production of the hit show Vanities and from there moved into regional theater, followed quickly with The Elephant Man on Broadway and soon afterwards with a Lincoln Center production of MacBeth. She continued working in off Broadway productions, Regional Theater, TV, commercials and film both in NYC and Los Angeles.
Her work has always included working with kids and teaching them the Theater games she learned with Paul Sills and Viola Spolin. This included working with The Lincoln Center Institute and many other Outreach Programs in the city.
Often she worked in the schools and with various theaters as a story teller and created her own company Stories Ink which performed in many other venues throughout New York. One other notable accomplishment is while in Chicago she was a founder of the Victory Gardens Theater and produced several shows there before going to NYC.
She is very happy to return to Chicago and hopes to continue participating in its lively theater scene. It has always been a great source of inspiration and invention. You can never have too much of that.