Stage Director & Choreographer Society's ``Zelda Fichandler'' Award Recognizes Her Work In Regional Theater
Ms. Holderness, an accomplished director/theater professional and professor, is determined to challenge boundaries and take risks. Her interest in young professionals has stimulated her desire to reach beyond the world of academia to create opportunities for creative endeavors in Milwaukee.
When she was new in her position at UWM and working to create a BFA program in theatre, she encountered theater students looking for a voice and a desire to tell their stories. This, combined with her passion for theater connected to community, to the human story and to responsive change brought to Ms. Holderness questions that shaped her work:
- How do we model access and experimentation in the theater?
- How to we enliven empty buildings and failing neighborhoods?
- How do we keep our artists in Milwaukee?
- How to we fight segregation and isolation?
Holderness' work within UWM continues to integrate the broader
community into the educational experience. She has transformed her
New York "Holderness Theater Company" into the Milwaukee
based organization The Battery Factory (TBF), a cultural reactor,
bringing professionals from arts and business together with those
just entering these fields of endeavor. TBF powers new arts
opportunities and strives to better integrate the performing arts
into all communities. On November 20, under Ms.
Holderness' direction, Les Liaisons Dangereuses will open on the
Mainstage at the Peck School of the Arts.
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