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Holden Childress is a 23 year-old actor and singer from Cross Timbers, Missouri.
Holden has been acting on stages since he was 12 years old, when he played the role of Winthrop in a high school production of Meredith Wilson's The Music Man. Since then, Holden has continued to pursue acting, receiving recognition at both regional and national levels for his roles in productions at both State Fair Community College and University of Central Missouri.
In addition to acting, Holden has also worked behind the scenes on several productions at SFCC and UCM. This includes creating promotional videos for productions, as well as serving as a dramaturg for SFCC's production of BE MORE CHILL, for which he received a Commendation for Excellence in Dramaturgy at the Region 5 Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival in 2020. Holden also worked as a student producer for KMOS-TV, an Emmy-winning PBS station operated from the UCM campus during the spring of 2021, and served as a college student blogger for BroadwayWorld from 2020 to 2021. He currently serves as a content creator for Cyclopedic Ensemble, a non-profit theatre company co-founded by former SFCC Theatre chair Eric Yazell, and has acted in two of their productions, including the 2022 Best of KC Fringe winner THE STINKY CHEESE MAN AND OTHER FAIR(L)Y (STOOPID) FAIRY TALES.
Outside of theatre, Holden is the bassist of Goodbrew, a rock band co-founded by SFCC friends Aren Goodwin and Ben Brewer. He's also a huge fan of physical media, and spends more time with his movie collection than he does with other people.
- THE STINKY CHEESE MAN AND OTHER FAIR(L)Y (STOOPID) TALES as Stepmother/Old Man/Farmhand – Directed by Eric Yazell (BEST OF KC FRINGE 2022)
- FUN HOME (2022) as Bruce Bechdel – Directed by Mary Trotter
- THE PROM (2022) as Sheldon Saperstein – Directed by Ashley Miller-Scully
- ELF THE MUSICAL (2021) as Santa Claus – Directed by Ashley Miller-Scully
- TILIKUM (2020) as The Owner – Directed by Dréa Lewis
- THE DIVINERS (2020) as Basil Bennett – Directed by Tim Wells
- NAKED MOLE RAT GETS DRESSED: THE ROCK EXPERIENCE (2019) as Wilbur J. Mole Rat, Jr. – Directed by Eric Yazell
- MR. BURNS: A POST-ELECTRIC PLAY (2019) as Nelson/Chorus – Directed by Kristen Henning
- BE MORE CHILL (2019) as Michael Mell – Directed by Kristen Henning (Reprised this role for a performance at the Washington Pavilion in Sioux Falls, SD for the Region 5 Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival in January 2020)
- DRACULA (2018) as Abram Van Helsing – Directed by Tim Wells

- TextPay: Relics of the Old World (2021) – Directed by Jacob Alan Clark
The following are from the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF):
- Special Achievement in Ensemble Collaboration Performance and Production - TILIKUM
- Irene Ryan Scholarship Nominee - BE MORE CHILL (2020); TILIKUM (2021, Semifinalist)
- Commendation for Excellence in Ensemble Performance - BE MORE CHILL, MR. BURNS: A POST-ELECTRIC PLAY (2020); THE DIVINERS (2021)
- Commendation for Excellence in Dramaturgy - BE MORE CHILL (2020)

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