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Holly Yurth Richards is a playwright, composer, lyricist, librettist, novelist, essayist, poet, performer, and teacher.

 

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. It received its first production in 2022 in New York City.

 

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.

She is currently co-writing a musical with Lolly Ward based on the mythology surrounding the birth of Ireland, with plans for a first reading at Artists Repertory Theatre in April 2024.

 

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.

Apart from writing, Holly is an experienced vocalist and vocal/piano coach with 26 years of performance and teaching experience.

Photograph by Gary Norman, July 2021

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