Voices Inside/Out supports the theater arts program at Northpoint Training Center, a medium security prison in Burgin, Kentucky, through mounting public readings of the inmates’ work and maintaining a playwriting residency at the prison each summer.
We are thrilled to announce that Holly Hepp-Galvån is the 2012 Resident Playwright. Selected from more than 80 applicants, Holly will spend eight days at Northpoint in July. While there, she will teach master classes, critique the inmates’ work and share her own experiences as a professional playwright with the prisoner-playwrights. The residency includes a $2,000 stipend, airfare, lodging, per diem, and car rental.
Holly Hepp-Galván is currently enrolled in the MFA in Playwriting program at Hunter College with Playwright-in-Residence, Tina Howe. She will graduate in May 2012. At Hunter, she has been the recipient of the Rita and Burton Goldberg
Award for her trilogy, “Departures” in 2009 and has won the Irv Zarkower award twice, for “Oddities” in 2010 and “Andrea’s Esophagus” in 2011.
Recent workshops and productions include “Oddities” produced by Communicable Arts at the Cell Theatre, “Blank Slate” at One Woman Standing at Emerging Artists Theatre (EAT), and “Sprites” which was commissioned by Pollyanna Children’s Theatre and Ballet Austin and will premiere at the Long Center in Austin, Texas in October 2012.
In addition, Holly has been teaching theatre arts, writing and performance since 1993. She was director of the Performing Arts School at Zachary Scott Theatre Center from 1994-95, and for the past ten years has been Adjunct Professor of Communication and Theatre Arts at both the College of Mount Saint Vincent and Manhattan College in Riverdale, New York.
“Writing humanizes and allows for new perspectives in a way that few things can.” — Holly Hepp-Galvån