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Holly Kelly 

is a sometimes DC-based, sometimes Philadelphia based Actor, Singer, and Musician who completed her B.A. in Vocal Performance and Theatre Arts at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.


Onstage credits include Rapunzel in Into the Woods (Creative Cauldron, Matt Conner, dir.), Phoebe D'Ysquith in A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder (Reston Community Players, Richard Farella, dir.), and Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors (Workhouse Theater, Danilo Stapula, dir.). She spent the winter of 2019 in Narnia, understudying all the female roles in The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe at Imagination Stage in Bethesda, MD.

She recently completed the Overtures Institute, a Musical Theatre Intensive at the Tony-Award Winning Signature Theatre in Shirlington, VA, where she was awarded the Andrew A. Isen Prize for Excellence in Musical Theater.


As an Arts Educator, she dabbles in directing, most recently assisting some kickass young artists in Oakton High School's production of Merrily We Roll Along, and the Flint Hill School's The Phantom Tollbooth. She is the owner of Blue Feather Music, Arlington, VA's premier in-home music lessons company. She teaches private piano and voice lessons and coaches MT students of all ages. 

She has studied voice with Judy McLane, Erin Gardiner,  Tracy Lynn Olivera, Lynn Helding, Lani Jacobson, and Katy Benko.


Holly is also a proud alumna of the inaugural class of the "National Music Theatre Institute' at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, where she studied acting, singing, directing, playwriting, book-writing, composition and more with theatre artists such as Jeff Bowen, Jonathan Bernstein, Donna DiNovelli, Alexander Gemignani, Ethan Heard, Rachel Jett, Brian McManamon, Scott Murphy, and Erin Ortman.

Holly traveled the country with the new theatre ensemble, the leastaways, performing an original play with music entitled West of Elsewhere, in which she originated the role of Lila. Holly was a founding member of the leastaways and helped organized their cross country tour.

Holly enjoys telling stories that utilize music on stage in interesting ways, and therefore spends too many hours thinking about diegetic sound. When she's not making art, she's learning about wine. 🍷



Singer Info: 

She was a four-year member, and a regular soloist with the Dickinson College Choir, under the direction of Dr. Amy Lynn Wlodarski, and the Dickinson Collegium Musicum, under the direction of Dr. Blake Wilson, as well as an avid participant in Dickinson's Theatre and Dance Productions, starring in five Main Stage productions and countless smaller theatre endeavors. 


In the summer of 2014, Holly attended the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music's three week Summer Opera Studio where she performed the role of 'Zerlina' in a scene from Mozart's Don Giovanni, as well as studying with acclaimed voice teachers David Adams, Bill McGraw, and Claudia Catania.

Previously, in the summer of 2013, she had the opportunity to further her musical studies in Los Angeles, CA as a Young Artist with SongFest at the Colburn School of Music, where she worked with acclaimed mezzo-sopranos D'Anna Fortunato and Candice Burrows, and studied song performance and acting with baritone Matthew Patrick Morris.


Additionally, Holly was the Vice President of the Dickinson College Classical Music Society, was a pinned member of Dickinson's Mermaid Players Theatre Troupe, participated as a Student Tour Guide with the Liberty Cap Society, and served as the Music Director for the Dickinson College DTones Co-Ed A Cappella group for six semesters. 

Holly Kelly

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