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School of the Arts
BFA, New York University
MFA, Naropa University
Joan Bruemmer-Holden has taught Movement and Acting at Naropa University, Working Classrooms in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Dance Theater of Cologne, Festival D'Avignon, School for New Dance Development in Amsterdam, The Moscow Art Theater, CounterPULSE and San Francisco Dancer's Group.
She is a founding member of the Band of Toughs Theater Collaboratory and a company member of The Catamounts. She has appeared in five of the seven past Catamount productions, including as Mrs. Dumont in Mr. Spacky..., the Tooth Fairy in God's Ear, Marietta, Moses, and the Counter Clock in Failure: A Love Story and as Colleen and Lisa Simpson in Mr. Burns: a post-electric play.
A performer, director, choreographer, and performance maker, her work was selected as Pick of the Boulder International Fringe Festival in 2005 and 2006, and Best of Venue in 2008. She is the recipient of a Denver Post Ovation Award for Best Supporting Actress for her work as Lydia in the Band of Tough's Big Love, and of the Daily Camera Eye Award for Best Choreographer for her original piece with WreckingBall Theater Lab, Good Girls Don't, But I Do! She has performed with Meredith Monk, and been directed by The Siti Company and Leigh Fondakowski of the Tectonic Theater
In San Francisco, her work has been performed at ODC Theater, the San Francisco Edge Festival, San Francisco Fringe Festival, Women on the Edge Festival, Theater Artaud, Dance Mission and The Marsh.
In New York she performed at The Kitchen, P.S. 122, St. Mark's Church, Theater Regenesis, ABCnoRio and St. John the Divine. She was invited to perform twice at the Festival D'Avignon in France and her work has been performed internationally as part of works-in-residence in Germany, France, the Netherlands and at the International Theater Festival in Arezzo.
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