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 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 Company Consortium, CalArts, the University of California at Riverside, and Chapman University. She is currently an Artist-in-Residence at Skidmore College.
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, video games 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.