Deb Holloway

Nashville, Tennessee

Deb Holloway summed up her educational experience by relating a story about the cellist Pablo Casals, who—at age ninety—practiced for hours every day. Asked by a reporter why he practiced so methodically and religiously when all the world regarded him as the finest cellist ever, Casals replied, “I think I’m just about to get the hang of this.” After teaching theatre for twenty years, Holloway was thinking she was about to get the hang of it.

On the faculty at Lipscomb High School in Nashville, Tennessee at the time of her Hall of Fame induction, she taught theatre in Memphis, Tennessee, Atlanta, and Austin, Texas. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Freed-Hardeman College and a master’s from the University of Memphis. She served EdTA as a Thespian sponsor, area representative, regional director, trustee, and International Student Board liaison. In 1995, she co-founded Christian Theatre Educators, an organization whose name conveys the three things most important to her. “As a Christian teacher,” she wrote, “I see my job as a primary mission of mine.”

Ms. Holloway’s love for theatre and students is evident in recommendations to the Hall of Fame committee. “She always took care to point out something good from each rehearsal,” recalled a former student, “a task which, at times, I am sure proved difficult.” A colleague wrote of Holloway, “She has a rare talent for what I call the mother-leader syndrome that inspires students to great accomplishments.”

By getting students involved in theatre as participants or audience members, and by coordinating traveling productions to churches, elementary schools and hospitals, she expanded the influence of her own service: “My students continue giving to the community long after they have graduated from me,” she said. “They teach, they act, they minister, and they serve the community through their families, churches, and businesses.”

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