Holly Yurth Richards is a composer/lyricist, librettist, essayist, poet and performer. Her new musical, WELCOME TO ZION, was part of the 2019 Fertile Ground Festival of New Works at Artists Repertory Theatre in Portland, OR. Her 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. GOBLIN MARKET, a musical ballet collaboration with with Jefferey Rondeau, Brooke Rondeau and Keith Walls, premiered in Portland, OR in June 2018.   She wrote and starred in her one-woman musical named POP! GOES THE BUBBLE in the 2017 Great Salt Lake Fringe Festival 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), 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. As a vocalist she trained under Jill Soltero (Yale), and she has been a member and soloist with the Marylhurst Chamber Choir under the direction of Justin A. Smith, as well as the Portland Choir and Orchestra under the direction of David Thomas.


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