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HOLLY DERR *added 9/9/2011 | Holly Derr is a director and professor of theater specializing in the Viewpoints & Composition, the performance of gender, and applied theater history.
HOLLY’S MYTHistories | a short play on the occassion of the assassination of osama bin laden
Originally from Dallas, TX, she holds an MFA in Directing from Columbia University and a BA in Theater from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She was the founding Artistic Director of SKT Inc., a small, New York based not-for-profit theater, and has directed new plays for Big Dance Theater and the PlayPenn New Play Development festival. Holly has served on the faculties of Marlboro College and Smith College, and has taught and directed at the American Repertory Theater Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard University, The Brown University/Trinity Repertory Theater Consortium, and the California Institute of the Arts. Most recently, Holly presented her original script, American Medea, at the Warner Loughlin Studios and Ensemble Studio Theater/LA, and directed Twelfth Night at the University of Riverside. In January she will direct Our Town at Chapman University. Favorite past projects include In the Penal Colony, Speak, The Time of Your Life (as a musical adaptation), The Front Page, and new plays by Gregory Moss, Ann Marie Healy, Timothy Braun, and Colin Denby Swanson. Holly is also a National Academy of Sports Medicine Certified Personal Trainer.
Hello. Welcome to MYTHistories. I hope you will contribute to our stories. I’m a Storyteller based in Los Angeles. As a Nonprofit Consultant, I obsess over outreach & building community.
Current projects include the first novel in her upcoming series The Blue Dragon Scribe Shoppe. Currently she’s writing a series called MYTHistories, including the performance pieces MYTHistories of the Son and Fatima Quest (former to be work-shopped at the 2012 Indy Convergence, where she is a Resident Artist). Her awareness piece Voices From Chornobyl has been presented in both the US and the UK to raise money and knowledge of the nuclear accident (inspired by Svetlana Alexievich‘s interviews). Voices From Chornobyl Jr., Dragon Compact as part of Moving Arts’ The Car Plays LA, Radar LA International Festival, and on the Steering Committee of the Directors Lab West.
Previous community art installations/interactions shown at the 1st Annual Atwater Art Walk, Summer Nights on the Boulevard, The Barnsdall Gallery, The Courtyard Gallery, the Silver Lake Jubilee (2010 & 2011) and the Children’s Festival of the Arts in Hollywood.