Holly L. Derr
Holly L. Derr is a writer, director, and professor of theater specializing in the Viewpoints & Composition, the performance of gender, applied theater history, and new play development. Her most recent production,Comedy of Errors, ran at The Saratoga Shakespeare Company.
Originally from Dallas, TX, she holds an MFA in Directing from Columbia University, where she studied with Anne Bogart and Robert Woodruff, and a BA in Theater from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She was the founding Artistic Director of SKT, Inc., a New York-based non-profit theater, and has directed new plays for the California Institute of the Arts, Big Dance Theater’s Play Play Faster Faster Festival, and the PlayPenn New Play Development Festival. Holly has served on the faculties of Marlboro, Smith, and Skidmore Colleges and has taught and directed at the American Repertory Theater Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard University, The Brown University/Trinity Repertory Company Consortium, CalArts, the University of California at Riverside, and Chapman University.
Holly recently directed Macbeth and her own play, American Medea, at Skidmore College, Romeo and Juliet at Opera House Arts at the Stonington Opera House, and Harry and the Thief, by Sigrid Gilmer, at The Know Theatre in Cincinnati. Favorite past projects include As Long As Fear Can Turn to Wrath, In the Penal Colony, Speak, and new plays by Gregory S. Moss, Lauren Yee, Timothy Braun, and C. Denby Swanson.
Holly is also a feminist media critic who writes about theater, film, television, and comics, using the theoretical and analytical tools of the theater to reflect upon broader issues of art, culture, race and gender politics. Follow her @hld6oddblend and on Facebook.
NewCritcriticism & analysis
Holly L. Derr reports from The Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers's panel on diversity, and examines why diversity is such a huge talking point but still so lacking in action
Holly L. Derr writes about The Antaeus Company and the evolution of their "partner casting" practice, where each role is cast with two actors.
Jay Scheib's adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s Platnov titled Platonov, or The Disinherited merges with grunge culture-drugs, sex, and alcohol to take a look at values and viewpoints.
Holly L. Derr covers Radar L.A. 2013, an interdisciplinary and internationally focused theater festival in Los Angeles theater
Blognews, trends, insights
Holly L. Deer writes about the politics of the female voice, and the hypothetical world in which all of us would have professional training for our speech.
With the court decision that Fox Searchlight violated internship guidelines, it is pivotal to reflect on the liberal use of interns in nonprofits and how it affects who can take part in an arts career.
Holly Derr reports from LA Stage Day, where a lack of female playwrights demonstrates a larger problem: if LA has so many female writers, then how come none of them are getting produced?