Eda Holmes
Director NY Reading FILLER UP!

Eda Holmes’ work as a theatre director includes the highly acclaimed 2004 Shaw Festival production of the musical Floyd Collins, book by Tina Landau, music and lyrics by Adam Guettel, Trout Stanley by Claudia Dey, The Optimists by Morwyn Brebner at Theatre Junction Calgary (nominated for 5 Betty Mitchell Awards), Helen’s Necklace by Carole Frechette for the 2003 and 2004 seasons at Toronto’s Tarragon Theatre, Blood Relations by Sharon Pollock for the Shaw Festival 2003 season, the musical Little Mercy’s First Murder book and lyrics by Morwyn Brebner and music by Jay Turvey and Paul Sportelli co-produced by the Shaw Festival also for the 2003 season at Tarragon Theatre(winner of seven Dora Mavor-Moore Awards including one for direction), The Gwendolyn Poems by Claudia Dey (nominated for a Governor General’s Award) at the Factory Theatre, Music for Contortionist, written by Morwyn Brebner (winner of a Dora Mavor Moore Award for Nora Mclellan for best performance) , co-produced by Tarragon Theatre and the Shaw Festival, and presented at the Tarragon Theatre and the Toronto World Stage Festival, Pina Bausch; A Tribute for the Harbourfront World Leaders Festival, the musical review Side By Side By Sondheim for Canstage, Standing Female Nude, a collective creation which premiered at Toronto’s Factory Theatre, Six Characters in Search of an Author by Luigi Pirandello at Concordia University, Red Noses by Peter Barnes, Mad Forest by Caryl Churchill and Big Love by Charles Mee for the Ryereson University Theatre School and Scenes from Anatol by Aurthur Schnitzler for the 2001 Shaw Festival Director’s Project.

Eda’s work in film includes script contributor and assistant choreographer for the Grammy nominated film Satie and Suzanne. The film combined dance and circus with the music of Erik Satie and starred Veronica Tennant, Nicholas Pennel, and artists of the Cirque du Soleil and the National Ballet of Canada. She was also the choreographer for the music video of the blues band “Raoul and the Big Time” single Baby Don’t Stop which aired this year on Bravo.

Other projects include dramaturgy and coaching for Cincinnati Ballet’s production of Romeo and Juliet, and assistant director/assistant choreographer on the new opera The Tale of Genji written and directed by Colin Graham for the Opera Theatre of St. Louis.

Eda was a soloist with San Francisco Ballet, Dutch National Ballet and William Forsythe’s Frankfurt Ballet and is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada.

Eda is a director at the Shaw Festival at Niagara on the Lake.