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Artistic Director of ottisdotter


Holly has a Masters degree in Literature and Cultural Studies from Lancaster University, during which she also undertook theatre skills training with The Drama Factory. She also holds a PhD in English Literature from the University of Birmingham, where she currently runs a specialist career guidance and coaching service for PhD researchers. 


Between 2012-2017 Holly performed stand-up comedy in and around the West Midlands, before joining the auditioned in-house company of The Crescent theatre in Birmingham where she performed for two seasons. Her roles included Mercutio in a gender-swapped production of Romeo & Juliet in 2018.


After having the opportunity to act as Casting Director for Lady Inger (Jump Cut Productions) and Emilia Gallotti (Ottisdotter, 2014) and Associate Director for The Feast of Solhaug and Olaf (Ottisdotter), Holly is delighted to be returning to the Ottisdotter fold as Co-Artistic Director. She and Director Mark Ewbank have been friends for nearly 30 years, and studied Drama and Theatre Studies together as teenagers. ‘Keep your friends close, but your co-Artistic Directors closer,’ Holly concludes.


Holly lives with a rare autoimmune eye condition called AZOOR which causes visual field defects, and in her spare time is a volunteer stories writer for the sight loss charity RNIB.

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