Theresa Ripley Holden, a theater artist, professor, performing arts manager, organizer and consultant, is the Co-Director of Holden & Arts Associates (HAA) and the Director of the Artist and Community Connection (ACC). ACC, a not-for-profit organization, offers consulting services to diverse organizations and specializes in building equitable partnerships. Theresa also served as the Managing Director, and currently as consultant, for Junebug Productions, an African-American Theater company. She has served on the National Endowment of the Arts and many other funding panels.
For more than 15 years, Theresa has planned, produced and consulted on numerous community-based projects across the United States and previously taught theater at the university level for ten years. She recently taught a graduate theater course at Arizona State University and has taught the Emerging Leaders Institute for Arts Presenters for the past 5 years.
Theresa and her colleague, John O'Neal of Junebug Productions, received the Leadership for a Changing World Award from the Ford Foundation. Recently, she served as a Member of the Board of Directors of Arts Presenters and worked with the Research Center for Leadership in Action at New York University.