Making a Home, Heidi Ortega

Heidi works alongside her students, ready to help them problem solve at any moment.

Heidi is a Professor of Costume Design at Murray State University where she has been for over 11 years. She has two children ages 7 and 4. In this episode, she talks about the struggles her husband and she have had making a life in a rural town. Heidi landed the secure professorial job in Murray, leaving her husband, Daniel, to be the homemaker and main caregiver for the kids. Daniel just recently returned to work which was a process for the entire family.

Heidi elaborates on how she felt when her kids were born, her philosophy on how to keep a creative household and what sorts of anxieties she has navigated since becoming a mother.

Heidi Ortega Bio

Heidi Ortega is the Associate Professor of Costume Design for Murray State University in Murray KY. She has been at MSU for 11 years. She earned her Master of Arts Degree in Theatrical Design & Production from Humboldt State University and her MFA in Costume Design at Virginia Commonwealth University. She has designed for film, theatre, dance & the Jr. Miss America Pageant. She has been designing for over 25 years. She has taught and designed in Virginia, Utah, California, Kentucky, and as far away as Beijing China.

Heidi’s designs can be viewed at

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