SULI HOLUM is a performer, playwright, director, and choreographer based in Brooklyn, NY. She is a founder and former Co-Artistic Director of Pig Iron Theatre Company where she established herself as a collaborative playmaker. With diverse training that includes Lecoq, Viewpoints, puppetry and various dance forms, Holum creates work that is highly physical and transformative. Her first original solo show, THE LOLLIPOP PROJECT, was developed through an Independence Foundation Individual Artist Fellowship and a Shell Fellowship in Drama from the National Institute of Education in Singapore. She partnered with collaborator Deborah Stein to create the solo work CHIMERA, which premiered at part of the Public Theatre’s Under the Radar Festival in partnership with HERE. Playwriting commissions include 1 BEACH ROAD, created with Redcape Theatre (UK) and FIGHTING FOR DEMOCRACY at The National Constitution Center. She wrote and co-directed WANDERING ALICE with Nichole Canuso Dance Company, and adaptedOedipus at Colonus for Emmanuelle Delpech’s skate park site-specific OEDIPUS AT FDR. Selected acting credits: Off-Broadway: Hot ‘n’ Throbbing, Courting Vampires, Live Girls, Lebensraum(Drama Desk Award); Regional: Arena Stage: Born Yesterday(Helen Hayes Nomination); Humana Festival: At the Vanishing Point, Phoenix; and work with The Talking Band and The Theatre of a Two Headed Calf. Holum’s original work has received development support from the Workhaus Collective, Swarthmore Project, Philadelphia Live Arts Festival, The Orchard Project, Philadelphia Live Arts Festival, The Playlabs Festival at the Playwrights Center, NACL, Perry Mansfield New Works Festival and Actors Theatre of Louisville, and the Creativity Fund at New Dramatists. She is an alumna of the HERE Artist Residency Program (HARP) and a recipient of a 2010 TCG Fox Resident Actor Fellowship.
DEBORAH STEIN is a playwright, director, and producer originally from New York. As Co-Artistic Director of Stein | Holum Projects, she has written and co-directed CHIMERA (created in residence at HERE, where it premiered in the 2012 Under the Radar Festival; subsequently nominated for a Drama Desk Award) and THE WHOLEHEARTED (workshopped by ArtsEmerson in April 2014; upcoming at the Kelly Strayhorn in Pittsburgh). SHP has workshopped new works at Philadelphia FringeArts, Kelly Strayhorn, Playwrights’ Horizons, Clubbed Thumb, the Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis, and at Perry-Mansfield. Deborah’s other plays include HEIST! (Actors’ Theatre of Louisville Humana Festival commission) GOD SAVE GERTRUDE (Workhaus Collective, Theatre @ Boston Court), WALLFLOWER (Stages Repertory Theatre), and BONE PORTRAITS (Stillpoint Productions). Deborah has created collaborative original work with artists such as Joseph Chaikin, Dominique Serrand, Lear deBessonet, and most frequently the Pig Iron Theatre Company, with whom she collaborated since 2000 on six original works, for which she received three Barrymore Award nominations. Her work has been developed nationally at Actors’ Theatre of Louisville, the Guthrie, Seattle Rep, the Women’s Project, and the Wilma Theatre, among others; and internationally in Poland, Ireland, Edinburgh (the Traverse) and Prague. Her writing has been published in Theatre Forum, Play: A Journal of Plays, and The Best American Poetry of 1996. Deborah has taught writing and theatrical collaboration at Yale School of Drama, NYU/Tisch, Princeton, Northeastern, St. Olaf, Parsons and received her MFA from Brown University, where she studied with Paula Vogel. She has received the NYSCA, the Bush Artist Fellowship, two Jerome Fellowships and a McKnight Advancement Grant at the Playwrights’ Center, and is a proud alumna of New Dramatists. She is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Theatre & Dance at the University of California – San Diego.