Behind The Scenes: Mei Li Heman, Theatre Producer
A series of articles that feature Theatre Makers from the other side of the stage.
Mei Li Heman is a New York-based Senior Manager & Producer. Born in the US and raised in Brazil, she is a bilingual storyteller and has worked in the entertainment industry for 6+ years. Credits include festival nominated documentary feature films, unscripted television series, digital content, and theatre productions. She is currently studying, freelance producing, and interning at advertising agency AKA. Past internships include 321 Theatrical Management, NAMCO, and Ars Nova.
Why did you decide to become a theatre producer?
There is nothing more exciting than experiencing a living, breathing art form. To be able to contribute to the making of art couldn't be more fulfilling and satisfying on both a personal and professional level.
What's the role of a theatre producer? What are the challenges of that role?
I believe the role of the theatre producer is to shepherd a team through the creative process, be the bedrock of the project at hand, and to provide for all of those involved a sense of safety, guidance, and care. This can be a challenging role since the producer is involved in both the big picture of the project, always thinking ahead, while also living and participating in the day-to-day issues. The theatre producer must strike a balance between overseeing a team and also being available to those in the trenches.
What are you working on right now?
I am currently working on a Director's thesis project for Columbia University, scheduled to premiere in March 2018. I have been fortunate enough to meet so many talented artists within Columbia's Theatre Department and am excited to continue working with my classmates long after I graduate.
What would you like to be doing in 10 years?
In ten years' time I hope to be working across both the entertainment and theatre industries as a creative producer. A good story always deserves to be told and I hope to be able to find the best medium to tell them in, be it as a film, play, or both.