Holly Hepp-Galvan

Holly Hepp-Galvan

Holly is a 2019 NYSCA/NYFA Fellow in Playwriting/Screenwriting and also a two-time winner of the Irv Zarkower Award and the Rita and Burton Goldberg Playwriting Prize. She completed her M.F.A. in Playwriting at Hunter College where she studied with Tina Howe. She is Playwright-in-Residence for Voices Inside/Out, a writing program for male inmates, and has been a finalist for the Sultan Padamsee Award in Mumbai...
Holly is a 2019 NYSCA/NYFA Fellow in Playwriting/Screenwriting and also a two-time winner of the Irv Zarkower Award and the Rita and Burton Goldberg Playwriting Prize. She completed her M.F.A. in Playwriting at Hunter College where she studied with Tina Howe. She is Playwright-in-Residence for Voices Inside/Out, a writing program for male inmates, and has been a finalist for the Sultan Padamsee Award in Mumbai, India, and the Thomas Barbour Memorial Playwrights Award.

Holly’s plays have been presented at or developed with Project Y Theatre Company, New Perspectives Theatre Company, Core Artist Ensemble, New Circle Theatre Company, The Bechdel Group, Wide-Eyed Productions, The New York International Fringe Festival, Gallery Players, The Last Frontier Theatre Conference, 52nd Street Project, and more.

Recent full-length plays include LAKSHMI COUNTS HER ARMS AND LEGS (Sultan Padamsee Award Finalist), CARDINIA’S CALLING (The Bechdel Group), and TAMED, AN ADAPTATION OF TAMING OF THE SHREW, (Pioneer Playhouse).

Recent book adaptations include GUARDED and GRANTED (based on the novels of Angela Correll for Pioneer Playhouse) and HOW MISS LADY BIRD CHANGED AMERICA (based on the book by Kathi Appelt for Pollyanna Theatre Company)

Recent productions for Young Audiences include SPRITES (Ballet Austin) MYSTERY OF THE GREEN TEETH GHOST, IF WISHES WERE FISHES, TROUBLE ON THE DOUBLE, and PLAYING POSSUM (Pollyanna Theatre Company), THE BIG BOLT! (Long Island Children’s Museum), REVENGE OF THE MONSTER HANDS (52nd Street Project) and PETER & THE PIED PIPER, A NEW MUSICAL (Gallery Players)

She currently serves on the faculty of Hunter College and Fordham University where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Playwriting, Creative Dramatics, Theatre for Youth, and Feature Writing.

Plays

  • Cardinia's Calling
    Cardinia is an Aboriginal Australian woman who's determined to not let her native language die out. Taken from recent news stories concerning the death of indigenous languages, the play examines the impact of globalization on personal cultural identity as well as raising the thorny issue of who dying languages belong to. Are they still the property of the indigenous people who've always spoken them?...
    Cardinia is an Aboriginal Australian woman who's determined to not let her native language die out. Taken from recent news stories concerning the death of indigenous languages, the play examines the impact of globalization on personal cultural identity as well as raising the thorny issue of who dying languages belong to. Are they still the property of the indigenous people who've always spoken them? Or to the white linguists who can “save” them? And most importantly, why is one woman's voice so important?
  • Andrea's Esophagus
    Andrea just turned 50 and feels like she’s swallowed a stone. Dr. Rooterman gives her a Pillcam because swallowing a camera is the latest in gastroenterological technology. However if this weren’t unnerving enough, the fact that he’s her old boyfriend makes it even worse. And then there’s Candace, his nervous receptionist, who he may or may not be having an affair with. Throughout the evening in this upscale...
    Andrea just turned 50 and feels like she’s swallowed a stone. Dr. Rooterman gives her a Pillcam because swallowing a camera is the latest in gastroenterological technology. However if this weren’t unnerving enough, the fact that he’s her old boyfriend makes it even worse. And then there’s Candace, his nervous receptionist, who he may or may not be having an affair with. Throughout the evening in this upscale doctor’s office, many secrets will be revealed and much Italian food will be ordered. And by the end, love will be found in the least expected place of all.
  • Tamed
    Tamed is a full length, rap version of The Taming of the Shrew! When sweet Bianca tries to choose a bachelor on the set of a reality show, her father announces that in order to marry her, the men must choose a husband for her sister. And while everyone is scared of Kate, a hip hop rapper with a tongue like fire, Beaver Man, a backwoods animal trainer, comes on and matches her with some hillbilly hip hop of his own.
  • Sprites
    One day, while trying to write a poem about a tree, Wren finds that her words come to life! In the form of three sprites, they can dance her poems and act out her stories. However when she tries to use them to post cruel words about her bullies, she finds the results more vicious and hurtful than she could've ever imagined.
  • Peter and the Pied Piper
    He's hip and slick, he's hot and cool, he's a rockin' rapper, and nobody's fool. Every kid wants to be as cool as the Pied Piper and will follow him wherever he goes. Only one boy, Peter, is brave enough to be say no. Together with Julius Cheeser, the one remaining rat in town, the two of them must figure out how to convince the others that this slick word master is up to no good.
  • The Big Bolt!
    When Jimmy takes just one big bolt from the construction site, the entire town falls apart! Suddenly, the Opera Singer can't sing, the Mail Carrier can't deliver packages, stores have to close, and entire buildings are falling down. Everyone agrees that if they find who did this, that he'll be in a LOT of trouble. But as things get crazier and crazier, how will Jimmy tell the truth?