Holly Griffith


“Holly’s work explores the beautiful complexities about being human; she has excellent instincts in creating multi-layered contemporary images and impeccable instincts for comedy. Her work is where sensitivity meets inspiring team leadership and the ability of to create authentic, complex drama onstage.” – Eftychia

Holly is a very prepared and well-organised worker and she will guide her actors through the play with great plan and foresight.
But most importantly: She’s funny as hell.” – Franziska


American director, writer, and actor

Holly recently completed an MFA in Theatre Directing at The Lir Academy, Trinity College Dublin, where she directed a full production of Sophie Treadwell’s Machinal as her capstone project. During her time at The Lir, she served as an assistant director on Wayne Jordan’s production of Our Town and assisted Jason Byrne on Rosaleen McDonagh’s Walls and Windows at The Abbey Theatre. Before moving to Dublin, Holly worked as a director, actor, and writer in Tucson, Arizona for 8 years. She served as an Artistic Associate at The Scoundrel & Scamp Theatre, where her directing career emerged. There, she adapted and staged an original production of Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s The Little Prince, which earned an Arizona Daily Star Mac Award nomination for Best Director. She also co-adapted and assistant directed a new stage adaptation of Herman Melville’s Moby Dick at The Rogue Theatre which played to sold-out audiences in January 2020. 

Holly was a Resident Actor at The Rogue Theatre, where she appeared in a wide variety of plays over 7 years. She has played roles by Shakespeare, Chekhov, Brecht, Edward Albee, Martin McDonagh, Marina Carr, Arthur Miller, Tom Stoppard, Jez Butterworth, Mary Zimmerman, and many more. Her role as Maureen in The Beauty Queen of Leenane earned a Carmen Award for Best Lead Performer, and her roles as Harper Pitt in Angels in America and C in Three Tall Women earned Arizona Daily Star Mac Award nominations for Best Actress.

Holly holds a Master of Arts in English Literature from the University of Arizona. She maintains special interests in ensemble theatre, literary adaptation, magical realism, and comedy.

Directing Work

-In Ireland-


by Sophie Treadwell

-In America-


by Brian Friel

The Little Prince

by Antoine de Sainte-Exupéry, adapted by me!

This Girl Laughs, This Girl Cries, This Girl Does Nothing

by Finegan Kruckeymeyer

Crows hold funeral rites for their deceased