Todd Heywood comes to the CIM with a plethora of experiences. With a long history in journalism, advocacy politics, public relations, politics and even a stint as an elected official, he currently is the Capitol correspondent for the GLBT publication Between the Lines. He holds an associates general degree from Lansing Community College with focuses in history, substance-abuse prevention and intervention and theater performance. In addition to his work in journalism, Heywood, as he prefers to be called, continues to nurture his love of theater by running a small community theater, Sunsets with Shakespeare. Plays he authored have been produced at U of M Basement Arts program, the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts in Grand Rapids, local coffeehouses and in St. Louis, Mo. His work in theater won him a Pulsar Award as best community director in 2005, a Player’s Award for his portrayal of Otto Frank in “The Diary of Anne Frank” for Lansing Civic Players and a Barney Award from Riverwalk Theatre for best supporting actor in 1997. He lives in Lansing with his beloved dogs Virgil and Gypsy Rose.