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Artist Profile

Holly Ruth Gale



Artistic Practices

Actor, Singer/Vocalist, Teacher/Educator

Additional Areas of focus & training

Classically trained vocalist. Sing jazz, standards and musical theatre genres.

Projects with CTC

Femme Vital

Questioning Artists

Holly Ruth Gale is an Associate Professor of Music at Arkansas Tech University. She stays active as a performer in musical theatre, recitalist, actor, lecturer, and clinician. She is also an enthusiast of shape-note music traditions and serves on the Executive Board for the Shape Note Gathering, an annual event held at the Ozark Folk Center in Mountain View, Arkansas. Holly Ruth enjoys singing with Jargon, an early American music group she formed in 2010. She has performed with Highlands Playhouse in Highlands, N. C., Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre, Music Theatre of Wichita, Shreveport Opera, Inspiration Point Fine Arts Colony, Discoveryland, Arkansas Children’s Opera and the Music Theatre Alliance. In 2015 the second printing of her CD, “Holly and Carol: A Christmas Collection” was released. Her latest endeavor is that of building a one-woman cabaret focused on the theme of older women leading vibrant and vital lives. She is doing this project with Jeremy Williams, producer/director, and Kate Michael Gibson, writer/dramaturg. Inspiration for this work comes from characters within the plays in the Western theatre canon. The project will feature songs from a variety of sources, as well as sharing stories from interviews she has done with women in their advanced years discussing their lives, choices, and how they have remained vital throughout. This material is being woven together to create a vibrant, textured, playful, inspiring, and vital new theatrical piece. Holly Ruth lives near Russellville, Arkansas with her husband, John. They have two amazing daughters, Talley Beth and Ian Kathleen.