Heidi Duckler graduated from the University of Oregon with a Bachelor of Science in Dance in 1976 and went on to earn a Master of Arts in Choreography from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Duckler is the artistic/executive director and founder of Heidi Duckler Dance Theatre. Since the company's inception in 1985, she has choreographed more than 100 original dance works at unique sites in Russia, Hong Kong, New York, Miami, Las Vegas, Portland, Seattle, and throughout Southern California including Los Angeles City Hall, Lincoln Heights Jail, the Los Angeles River, the Herald Examiner Building, the former Ambassador Hotel and the Los Angeles Police Academy.
Called "the reigning queen of site-specific performance," by the Los Angeles Times, her work has been commissioned by Miami Light, Grand Performances, REDCAT, Aben Dans in Denmark, Brookfield Properties, and the Hong Kong Youth Arts Foundation, among others.
In 2010, Heidi Duckler was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts American Masterpiece Award for her signature work Laundromatinee. Additional awards and honors include City of LA Individual Artist's Fellowship (COLA), a California Arts Council Choreography Fellowship, NEA Artistic Excellence Award, and multiple Lester Horton Awards. Duckler has taught and guest lectured at many prestigious institutions, including the University of Oregon, the University of Southern California, Loyola Marymount University, Pomona College, and UCLA. Recently, she participated in the Los Angeles County Arts Commission's Arts Leadership Initiative and the City of Los Angeles Mayor's Cultural Master Plan Advisory Committee.