This year's recipient of the Distinguished Service to
The Arts In Education Field Award is Holly Adams.
A professional performer, playwright, mask maker, and
Teaching Artist for twenty-five years, Holly Adams is,
also, a performing arts teacher and an artist in
residence at universities. She links academic and arts
curricula and creates arts-based academic
curriculum. She taught in Connecticut's "Fame School",
the Greater Hartford Academy of Performing Arts, before
moving to Tompkins County.
She has been a professional performer for over
twenty-five years, with a focus on physical theatre
styles. She particularly enjoys creating and performing
original work: "VOICES/lives" with co-creator and
performer Pete Rush, toured to excellent reviews in
2007, and "The Oral Tradition", written with
collaborator David A. Miller from Roundabout Theatre,
was at the West End Theatre in February of 2008. Other
recent highlights: "Further Adventures of Clown" at the
Hangar Theatre, "Gossip" at the / kitchen Theatre,
Alanna in the audio book productions of the Tamora
Pierce novels, Richard III in "Kynge’s Games", and all
of the animal roles in "My Father’s Dragon".
Holly Adams has since been a Teaching Artist for 13
years in NYSCA's Empire State Partnership programs.
She is a graduate of the Dell ‘Arte School of Physical
Theatre, and holds a Masters degree in Theatre,
Education, and Social Change.
Some of her favorite Teaching Artist projects include
Chaos Theory with third graders, Travelogues with ninth
graders, a comic version of "Titus Andronicus" with
juniors and seniors, and anything with the Hangar