July 18, 2013

Alumna Holly Adams Named Artist in Residence for 2013-14

photo of Holly AdamsHolly Adams, an award-winning performer, playwright and teaching artist, and alumna of the Empire State College M.A.L.S. program, has been named artist in residence at the Central New York Center for the 2013-14 academic year. She will offer workshops and studies as part of the center’s Arts Learning Community.

"We had an excellent group of applicants this year and we are very excited to have Holly on board to continue to expand the offerings for our students interested in the arts," said CNYC Dean Nikki Shrimpton. Arts Mentor, Yvonne Murphy, adds, "The artist in residence experience has been an excellent opportunity for our students to work with and learn from practicing local artists. Holly will be a dynamic and inspiring addition, especially considering her status in the community and as an ESC alumna!"

Adams particularly enjoys creating and performing original work. She creates new work annually with the physical theater company Kakeru, toured VOICES/lives with co-creator and performer Pete Rush, and starred in the off-Broadway production "The Oral Tradition," written with collaborator David A. Miller from Roundabout Theater. Other favorites include "Love, Loss and What I Wore," "My Father's Dragon," "A Midsummer Night's Dream," "Macbeth," "Further Adventures of Clown," NYC/CNY tour of VOICES/lives, "The Oral Tradition," off –Broadway, "Richard III" in "Kynge’s Games," "Summers at Rock’s Edge" at the Kitchen Theater, Netta (leading lady) in the film "In the Bag," and audiobooks with Audible Inc and Full Cast Audio. She also loves Red Nose work, which takes her to lots of places on planet earth. She is the primary writer for Mystery & Adventure Agency, and her plays are performed across New York.

Adams' work as an artist in residence for schools and universities links academic and arts curricula, as well as addressing social and cultural challenges. She taught in Connecticut's Fame School, the Greater Hartford Academy of Performing Arts, before moving to Tompkins County. She has since been an artist in residence for 15 years of NYSCA's Empire State Partnership programs, and has taught at colleges, performing arts schools, and K-12 schools across the state. Adams 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, as well as being assistant director and director of the performance department of the Mental Health Association of the Southern Tier. Her dedication to arts as healing fuels her work as a clown therapist and consultant/trainer for clown therapy programs around the world.

Adams is a graduate of the Dell 'Arte School of Physical Theater, and SUNY Empire State College’s M.A.L.S. program. She is also the 2009-2010 recipient of the Association of Teaching Artist’s Teaching Artist Service to the Field Award.

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