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Holly Thuma - Associate Professor



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Education

MFA - University of Pittsburgh, 2002

BFA - New York University of the Arts, 1979

New York School of the Arts Dance Program, 1976

Biography

In August 2016 Holly joins the faculty at Syracuse University Department of Drama as Associate Professor of Voice & Verse. She comes to SU from the School of Theatre at Penn State where she taught voice, speech, and dialects. She holds a BFA in acting from New York University, and an MFA in Performance Pedagogy from the University of Pittsburgh, where she was the 2001 recipient of the MFA Teaching Award. Holly is a Certified Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework, and has served on the faculty at Carnegie Mellon School of Drama, and as Director of the MFA Pedagogy Program at the University of Pittsburgh.

​As an actor, director, and vocal coach, Holly’s credits include productions at the Dallas Theater Center, Pittsburgh Public Theater, City Theatre, Three Rivers Shakespeare Festival, Perry-Mansfield New Works Festival, Quantum Theatre, Pittsburgh Irish & Classical Theatre, The Playhouse Rep, Penn State Centre Stage, and Syracuse University. She has made featured appearances with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the International Poetry Forum, and Pittsburgh Ballet Theater (Juliet and Her Romeo, world premiere at the Hollywood Bowl).  In 2011, she was invited to travel to Egypt with the Firefly Tunnel Project, an international collective of mixed-media artists.  The work, “Sites of Passage,” a Performance Art and gallery project celebrating the Arab Spring, was exhibited/performed in both Cairo, Egypt and at the Mattress Factory gallery in the US.  A life-long advocate of arts education, Holly has developed and directed performance programs for underserved children through the Pittsburgh Public Theater and for the Hope Academy of Music and the Arts. 

PROUD MEMBER OF ACTORS EQUITY ASSOCIATION (AEA) 

AND SCREEN ACTORS GUILD-AMERICAN FEDERATION OF TELEVISION AND RADIO ARTISTS (SAG-AFTRA)