A professional performer, playwright, mask maker, and teaching artist for the past 25 years, Holly Adams’ work as an artist in residence for schools and universities links academic and arts curricula, and centers on arts-based academic curriculum. Holly taught in Connecticut’s “Fame School” before moving to Tompkins County and has been an artist in residence for over 14 years of NYSCA’s arts programs.

She has given professional development workshops in conjunction with NYS Alliance for Arts Education, NYS Council on the Arts, the Community Arts Partnership, NYS Theatre Education Association, and various theater companies. Holly is a graduate of the Dell ‘Arte School of Physical Theater, and holds a Masters degree in Theatre, Education, and Social Change from Empire State College.

Holly’s favorite performances include: Further Adventures of Clown at the Hangar Theatre, Third Man in The Baltimore Waltz, Bird Legends with Kakeru at Cornell, VOICES/lives with co-creator and performer Pete Rush, The Oral Tradition at the West End Theatre in NYC, Richard III in Kynge’s Games, and Jen in Gossip at the Kitchen Theatre, all of the animals in My Father’s Dragon, Alanna for Full-Cast Audiobooks by Tamora Pierce, as well as eight years with commedia dell’arte companies.