The National Women's Theatre Festival

WTFringe 21 Producer Series: Heather Ondersma of “Electra”


“Electra” show poster


Co-producer Heather Ondersma

We had the opportunity to learn a little more about co-producer Heather Ondersma (she/her), and we’ve just gotta make the introduction.

Hi Heather! To get started, what WTFringe show are representing? What is your role on the production team?

HEATHER: I am a co-producer of Electra.


Would you mind giving us a brief description of your artistic background? How did you come across the work of WTF?

HEATHER: I\’m a director, intimacy professional, occasional dramaturg, and producer. I\’ve been doing theatre for two decades before having a family, then took a break and returned to work three years ago. In April 2020, I had the opportunity to direct a reading of the new restoration comedy The Lady Scribblers. I am so thrilled to have discovered the world of virtual theatre through WTF!

Incredible! Have you collaborated with WTF before? If so, in what capacity?

HEATHER: I was a part of Occupy the Stage 2020 in Way Down Here by Emily Garrison.


Welcome back to WTF! What is your connection to your WTFringe show? What compelled you to step into a production role for it?

HEATHER: My colleague Mickey and I wanted to produce a play directed by Claudia ALick. She suggested the playwright Adrienne Kennedy, and we are so happy to be delving into the evocative poetry and powerful storytelling of one of America\’s greatest living playwrights.


Wonderful. To close our conversation, what has been your favorite aspect of preparing for WTFringe 21?

HEATHER: Definitely collaborating with people in multiple time zones and countries.

Catch the LAST performances of Electra on Friday, July 16th, 2021 at 10:30 pm EST and Sunday, July 18th at 4:00 pm EST.

Click here to view the full schedule for the (virtual) National Women’s Theatre Festival Fringe 21 and here to snag your tickets.

All WTFringe 21 tickets are Pay-What-You-Can with a $10 suggested donation per performance.

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