Bio: In 2014 Holderness was named a Zelda Fichandler Award finalist for her invigoration and expansion of theater in the Midwest. In January she will premier THE LAST OF THE WHYOS by Barbara Weichman in Washington DC, THE CLOSELINE MUSE ( for national tour She most recently directed KING LEAR at Shakespeare and Company, THE WEDDING DRESS, KAFKAON THE SHORE At Spooky Action DC, and RUINED at Burning Coal Raleigh. She has just completed LES LIASON’S DANGEREUSE at UWM. Current work in development is a devised crowd sourced theater piece on the erotic life of women MORE THAN 16 KISSES at the Drama League NYC. Holderness has directed at Lincoln Center Theater and Institute, The Public Theater and Joes Pub, The Culture Project 45Bleeker, TheaterTweed/Ohio Theater, Julliard, and her own company in NYC, Burning Coal Theater, NC, Spooky Action, DC, and The Choregies D’Orange in France among others. Holderness is developing a play about Garfield, AG Bell and the birth of electronic music funded by FRACAS at UWM. Holderness is an Associate Professor at UWM, member of SDC, Drama League and Lincoln Center Director and Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voice and completing her IYT 200 hour yoga teacher training. MFA Directing Columbia University Holderness is founder and director of THE BATTERY FACTORY an arts accelerator based in Milwaukee. Current projects include DRAMA AT THE DEPOT a funded pop up theater event in South Milwaukee and THE FEAST OF CRISPIAN a program for veterans encountering Shakespeare as well as fiscal sponsorship and advocacy.
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