Holly Powell began her casting career in New York casting off-Broadway theater. Soon hired as Director of Casting East Coast for CBS, she then transferred to Los Angeles to take over as their Director of Casting Movies and Miniseries.
Holly next partnered with Randy Stone, forming Stone Powell Casting. They won an Emmy Award for “Outstanding Achievement in Casting for a Miniseries or Special” for The Incident starring Walter Matthau. She also won the Casting Society of America’s Artios Award as well as receiving multiple CSA nominations over the years.
Bob Greenblatt and David Janollari hired Holly to be their Senior VP of Talent and Casting for The Greenblatt Janollari Studio, where she worked on multiple projects including Six Feet Under by Alan Ball. She later partnered with Liz Melcher forming Powell Melcher Casting where they cast cult favorites The Twilight Zone and The 4400, among many other projects.
In 2006 she made the transition from casting to teaching forming Holly Powell Studios (www.hollypowellstudios.com) in Los Angeles, an audition studio for actors, and quickly won The Backstage Readers’ Choice Award for Favorite Audition Technique Teacher two years in a row. She has taught her audition workshops at colleges, universities, drama schools, and at organizations across the country.
Holly lives in Studio City, California with her husband, Chris Wright, who is a talent manager at Wright Entertainment. Their son, Ryan Wright, is currently attending Reed College in Portland, Oregon.