Maria Heitmann studied drama at The Catholic University of America.
How did you discover your passion for drama and musical theatre?
My parents are the reason I am passionate for theatre as a whole. They practically raised me on Broadway and the first movies I watched were musicals. I’m grateful for them, their support, and their push for me to have such a wonderful thing in my life every day.
What’s your favorite part about performing?
My favorite thing about performing has to be the complete escape from reality, both for the performers and viewers. In no other business can so many people collectively forget all of the negatives in life and enjoy something so wonderful and personal.
What’s the hardest part for you about performing?
The hardest part about performing for me is to find a way to live through something I’ve never experienced. For example, to find a way to enter the mind of a woman who will never be able to see her loved ones again is a difficult and raw thing to do, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Why did you pick this particular college?
I picked The Catholic University of America because of the drama department. I fell in love with it the second I visited the website, and knew it was the place for me when Gail Beach gave me and a fellow classmate a personal tour of Hartke Theatre during our visit to CUA’s open house.
What has been your favorite part of this college?
The people. 100%. They’re another family to me and I love them all dearly.
Are you involved in productions outside of the Drama Department?
I was cast in two musicals produced by the Music Department during my sophomore year. It’s great being able to get back into something I always loved doing.
How do you think this program will help in what you want to do next?
I receive training from people that actively work in the D.C. area, including my advisors, professors, employers, and directors. I know that everything I learn from them is going to help me in everything that I do in the future.
Where do you imagine yourself in 10 years?
It’s my absolute dream to be on Broadway one day. But as long as I’m performing or teaching theatre with loving, supportive family and friends I’ll be happy!