Holly Yurth Richards is a playwright, composer, lyricist, librettist, novelist, essayist, poet and performer.
TALE OF A GIRL, a short musical exploring the differences between romantic and familial love, was published by Applause Books in the anthology GO PLAY OUTSIDE WITH LINESTORM PLAYWRIGHTS.
Her musical-in-development, WELCOME TO ZION, was part of the 2019 Fertile Ground Festival of New Works at Artists Repertory Theatre in Portland, OR. It has since had readings in Oct 2019 at Broadway Rose Theatre Company and in May 2021 online through The Dramatists Guild.
Holly's work was highlighted at the 2018 Dramatists Guild National Conference Songwriters' Showcase. She was a panelist at BroadwayCon 2018 at the Javitz Center in New York City. Her short play, HANDWASH ONLY, is a 2018 winner of That 24 hr. Thing Playwriting Competition in conjunction with the San Diego International Fringe Festival. She wrote and starred in her one-woman musical named POP! GOES THE BUBBLE in 2017 at the Vieve Gore Concert Hall in Salt Lake City.
She is a member of the Dramatists Guild, the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP), Maestra Music, and LineStorm Playwrights. She holds a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Marylhurst University in Portland, Oregon, and was the recipient of the Thomas A. Binford Scholarship for Writing from 2015-2018. She is a past grand prize winner in the Utah Young Writers @ Work Competition, and has received honors from both the League of Utah Writers and the Utah State Poetry Society.
She works as the Development Manager at Broadway Rose Theatre Company, in Tigard, OR, and runs a small press with her husband called Octavo Publishing.
Photograph by Gary Norman, July 2021