Chris Seated
photo by Bruce Squires
Chris Holder
14663 West Lake Road
Hammondsport, NY 14840

Phone: Bus/Fax: 607/868-7249

"Chris Holder is one of the most effective and talented professionals I have encountered
in my work with hundreds of artist/educators."
 Dr. Pat Barbanell, Director AIE
Schenectady City Schools, Schenectady, NY

Chris Holder: Professional Actor, Musician, and Storyteller for 25 years.

A professional actor, Holder_theater_shotChris has performed in regional theatre, summer stock, national tours and Off-Broadway in New York. Most recently, Chris performed as nephew Fred to film star John Astin's Scrooge in the national tour of A CHRISTMAS CAROL, and Remember Me? for 137 performances at Lake George Dinner Theatre.

As a musician, Chris has been performing concerts across the country for all ages in all places - at colleges, festivals, libraries, prisons, retirement centers and schools. For the past seven consecutive years, Chris has won the Popular Panel Award from ASCAP for his songwriting with students in schools. He has appeared on Garrison Keilor's PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION, performed a number of TV and radio projects, and in thousands of cars across America, his family music and story albums help the miles fly by.

As an arts-in-education artist in the schools for over 25 years, Chris has been in the vanguard of arts advocacy and practice. A former panelist for the New York State Council on the Arts in Arts in Education, Chris has presented thousands of performances, concerts and workshops in schools across the country. His theme-centered, curriculum-based artist residencies in schools have become the model of arts integrated projects for his many colleagues in the field.

ArtsAlways an eager advocate for the arts and arts in education, Chris was the Co-Founder and for twelve years Editor of the arts in education newsletter, ARTISTS WITH CLASS, and was the co-founder and original Co-Executive Director of The Association of Teaching Artists (ATA).

  Chris is a member of: Actors' Equity Association, The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), New York State Alliance for Arts Education (Vice President of the Board of Directors), and the Children's Music Network.
    He earned his BA in Theatre from Kalamazoo College and went on to an MFA in Acting at University of Minnesota.

Chris and his wife, storyteller/writer Becky Holder, live on the shores of Keuka Lake in New York's Finger Lakes.  Their three grown children, Ben, Molly and Sam, come home occasionally to swim and sail.

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last updates: 7-nov-06 (e-mail), 18-aug-2004, 5-may-04