About Us

SULI HOLUM is a performer, playwright, director, and choreographer based in Brooklyn, NY. She is a founder and former Co-Artistic Director of Pig Iron Theatre Company where she established herself as a collaborative playmaker. With diverse training that includes Lecoq, Viewpoints, puppetry and various dance forms, Holum creates work that is highly physical and transformative. Her first original solo show, THE LOLLIPOP PROJECT, was developed through an Independence Foundation Individual Artist Fellowship and a Shell Fellowship in Drama from the National Institute of Education in Singapore. She partnered with collaborator Deborah Stein to create the solo work CHIMERA, which premiered at part of the Public Theatre’s Under the Radar Festival in partnership with HERE.  Playwriting commissions include 1 BEACH ROAD, created with Redcape Theatre (UK) and FIGHTING FOR DEMOCRACY at The National Constitution Center. She wrote and co-directed WANDERING ALICE with Nichole Canuso Dance Company, and adapted Oedipus at Colonus for Emmanuelle Delpech’s skate park site-specific OEDIPUS AT FDR. Selected acting credits: Off-Broadway: Hot ‘n’ Throbbing, Courting Vampires, Live Girls, Lebensraum (Drama Desk Award); Regional: Arena Stage: Born Yesterday (Helen Hayes Nomination); Humana Festival: At the Vanishing Point, Phoenix; and work with The Talking Band and The Theatre of a Two Headed Calf. Holum’s original work has received development support from the Workhaus Collective, Swarthmore Project, Philadelphia Live Arts Festival, The Orchard Project, Philadelphia Live Arts Festival, The Playlabs Festival at the Playwrights Center, NACL, Perry Mansfield New Works Festival and Actors Theatre of Louisville, and the Creativity Fund at New Dramatists. She is an alumna of the HERE Artist Residency Program (HARP) and a recipient of a 2010 TCG Fox Resident Actor Fellowship.

DEBORAH STEIN is a playwright, director, and producer. Her work has been produced and developed nationally at Actors’ Theatre of Louisville, the Theatre @ Boston Court, the Guthrie, Seattle Rep, Stages Rep, the Women’s Project, the Wilma Theatre, Live Girls!, Bay Area Playwrights’ Festival, and Theatre Artaud; in New York at the Public Theatre, Dance Theatre Workshop, and Ars Nova; and internationally in Poland, Ireland, Edinburgh (the Traverse) and Prague. Deborah has collaborated on original ensemble works and site-specific installations with artists including Joseph Chaikin, Dominique Serrand, Lear deBessonet, and most frequently the Pig Iron Theatre Company, with whom she has collaborated since 2000 on six original works and was nominated for three Barrymore Awards. Most recently, she produced three seasons of world premieres with the Workhaus Collective in Minneapolis, and CHIMERA in Minneapolis and New York with collaborator Suli Holum. Her writing is published in Theatre Forum, Play: A Journal of Plays, and The Best American Poetry of 1996. She has been a resident artist at Hedgebrook, Swarthmore College, Princeton University, and the Tofte Lake Center for the Arts, and has taught writing and collaborative theatre at Yale, NYU, Northeastern, St. Olaf, Parsons, and Brown University, where she received her MFA. Deborah is the recipient of the NYSCA, the Bush Artist Fellowship, two Jerome Fellowships, a McKnight Advancement Grant at the Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis, and was a resident artist at HERE where CHIMERA premiered in early 2012. She is a resident of New Dramatists.

Stein | Holum Projects (SHP) is the ongoing creative partnership of playwright/director Deborah Stein and perfomer/director Suli Holum. Drawing on over a decade of experience in both experimental and regional theatre, SHP works with a core group of accomplished designers to create a unique hybrid of the highly visual and dexterously verbal; interdisciplinary physical theater with complex and nuanced characters. Our first play, CHIMERA, was developed with a HARP residency and premiered in 2012 at HERE as part of Under the Radar, where it was a NY Times Critics’ Pick and nominated for a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Solo Performance. Our new show, THE WHOLEHEARTED, premiered at ArtsEmerson in April 2014 and our next, MOVERS + SHAKERS, will be workshopped this summer at New Dramatists and Berkeley Rep’s Ground Floor. Here's a lovely American Theatre article about our partnership by Helen Shaw.

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