John Heimbuch is a Minneapolis-based writer, director and performer. He is a co-founder and Co-Artistic Director of Walking Shadow Theatre Company, and has directed their productions of Cabal - a play with puzzles, Hatchet Lady, Marie Antoinette, The Aliens, Mary Stuart, Drakul, The Transdimensional Couriers Union, 36 Views, Seventy Scenes of Halloween, and the IVEY Award winning Compleat Female Stage Beauty by Jeffrey Hatcher.

He has written numerous original plays and stage adaptations including Cabal, A Midwinter Night’s Revel, The Three Musketeers, Drakul, The Transdimensional Couriers Union, Squawk, S. Gunter Klaus and the Story Before, Or the White Whale, 10-Speed Revolution, and The Lives of the Most Notorious Highwaymen. His plays The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and William Shakespeare's Land of the Dead have been published by Samuel French, and together have had more than a hundred productions at theatres and schools around the world. John also regularly works as a developmental dramaturg, helping playwrights develop original scripts through Walking Shadow's commissioning programs.

In addition to his scripted stage work, he has a passion for many different forms of performance and storytelling, including improvisation, dance, puppetry, mask-making, and game design.

He is now in post-production for a short film called DISCREPANCY, based upon his stage play The Transdimensional Couriers Union. His other work for the camera includes several short films, timed competitions, music videos, promotional trailers, and original screenplays.

As a performer he is a core member of the steampunk-themed story-driven rock band Bad September, and is currently performing Charlie Bethel’s epic one person adaptation of Beowulf at theatres, schools, bars, and homes around the Twin Cities.

John received his B.A. from Minnesota State University, Mankato where he studied performance, directing, and modern dance. He is also an alumnus of the Perpich Center for Arts Education's theatre training program and the 2007 Lincoln Center Theatre Directors Lab.

...one of the sharpest young minds in local theater.- Graydon Royce,
Star Tribune

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