Gary Heisserer, Ph.D., Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, serves as an academic liaison between the Lamoni and Independence campuses. Prior to working in this position, Dr. Heisserer served Graceland in various capacities, including Professor of Theatre, Director of University Assessment, and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.
Dr. Heisserer is involved in directing professional theatre in Kansas City. He currently serves on the board of the Kansas City Actors Theatre. Dr. Heisserer has a particular fondness for new plays (he has served on the board of the National New Play Network in Washington, D.C.) and has directed many contemporary works at Graceland.
Dr. Heisserer has a passion for travel and has taken students several times to both London and New York for plays and big city culture.
Away from the office, Dr. Heisserer spends as much time as possible with his magnificent wife, Karla and his two exceedingly spectacular cats – Riley and Wee Thomas
Kansas City Actors Radio Theatre presents new performances of classic radio plays of intrigue, mystery, suspense, and comedy from the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s in rotation with a 10-part original historical drama written by local playwright, actor, and director Forrest Attaway. Featuring local actors and musicians and hosted by actors John Rensenhouse, Cinnamon Schultz, and Walter Coppage.