The actor reminds people of the poetry of being alive.- Rod Steiger
Ever since her first role as a princess of King of Siam in The King and I at the age of 5, Holly has had the theater bug. Growing up only an hour away from Broadway, she had many opportunities to perform in community theater productions at a young age. Skills from acting, singing and dancing led to directing, choreography, playwriting, set design and stage management. With this foundation, she went on to learn more about the performing arts, achieving a BA from Charter Oak State College.
As an instructor she has offered classes for all ages from creative dramatics for preschool age to classes at senior centers. Her classes include vocal technique, improv, ad lib, and mime. She emphasizes being co-creative as the collaborative process leads to a production.
Her children's productions are often based on folktales and children's literature, building a foundation for literacy. She produced her own television show "In Our Own Voices" for CommuniTYtelivision. She has directed and choreographed several musicals and variety shows for schools and holiday productions. For Newtown Montessori School, she wove together Annie and Oliver Twist to create "A Tale of Two Orphans" and had all of the grades up to 6th sing, dance and act in this wonderful reinvention of two classics.
To hear an example of a sea shanty she taught children to perform for her original play PAN based on Peter Pan click here: Pirate Medley.