Holly Arsenault is a playwright and arts administrator. She was the director of TeenTix, a nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring equitable arts access for all teens, from 2005 to 2016. Holly helped TeenTix grow from a small, city-sponsored program into an independent organization and a nationally-recognized model for youth arts engagement. Her accomplishments at TeenTix include shifting the program from 15-minute rush ticketing to day-of-show, instituting 2-for-$10 days and special events, adding 53 new partner organizations, developing Arts Journalism 101 and the TeenTix Press Corps, launching TeenTix.org and the Teeny Awards, increasing average monthly TeenTix ticket sales from 23 per month in 2005 to over 1,200 per month, and launching a major research initiative called Teens Count: The Teen Audiences Knowledge Project. Holly left TeenTix in a strong financial position heading into its 13th year of serving our region's youth. You can learn more about TeenTix at www.teentix.org.
Holly made Puget Sound Business Journal's 2015 '40 under 40' list and was named a 2016 Superhero for Washington Families by ParentMap magazine. In December 2013, Holly was profiled in the Seattle Times/KUOW series '13 for 13,' featuring 13 arts leaders "poised to shape the future of the arts in the Northwest."
Holly is an alum of Seattle Repertory Theatre's Writers Group, and the winner of the 2013 Gregory Award for Outstanding New Play for her play, Undo. Her work has been produced locally at Annex Theatre, Live Girls! Theater, Seattle Children's Theatre, Bainbridge Performing Arts Center, Infinity Box Theatre, and 14/48: The World's Quickest Theatre Festival. Her plays have been developed and read at Seattle Repertory Theatre and the UW School of Drama. Nationally, her work has been produced by Parade Productions in Boca Raton, Florida, the Theatre School at DePaul University, and BoxFest: Detroit. Undo was also the recipient of the 2013 Seattle Theater Writers Gypsy Rose Lee Award for Excellence in Local Playwriting, a semi-finalist for the 2014 Princess Grace Award, and a nominee for the 2014 American Theatre Critics Association New Play Awards. It is published in Rain City Projects' Manifesto Series: V.4, edited by Chay Yew. To read Holly's plays, visit her New Play Exchange profile.