Kirsten Holly Smith
Kirsten Holly Smith portrayed the legendary Dusty Springfield in the new musical Forever Dusty, which she also conceived and co-wrote and which ran Off-Broadway at New World Stages 2012-2013. Ms. Smith received the Spectrum Arts Grant from University of Southern California in 2006 to develop the project. She premiered and earlier version of the musical, entitled Stay Forever, at The Renberg Theatre in Los Angeles in 2008.
Ms. Smith's film credits include: Curfew (2013 Oscar winner, Best Live Action Short), Isle of Lesbos (lead in award-winning musical, Berlin and other festivals), Forever Love (with Reba McEntire), Firecracker (with Karen Black), After Image (with John Mellencamp). TV/Print: HBO's Hung as Kate and the pilot Sunset Junction. Among her other theatre credits: Three Sisters (LATC); The Foursome (Tim Robbins' Actor's Gang Theatre); Of Mice and Men (Cape Fear Regional); Twelfth Night (Olivia); Lysistrata (Lysistrata); The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.
As a screenwriter, she has been twice a finalist in the Sundance Screenwriters Lab. She has two feature films in development and just completed her first EP as a songwriter. She studies acting with Alice Spivak (NYC) & John Kirby (LA). Voice coaching with Bill Riley and Dr. Linda Carroll. Ms. Smith wishes to thank everyone who supported Forever Dusty. "We would not be here without you."