Photo credit: Zakkiyyah Najeebah

Photo credit: Zakkiyyah Najeebah

A-lan Holt

(pronounced: uh-lon)

B. 1989

Los Angeles, California

Currently based in Woodside, California (San Francisco / Bay Area)


A-lan Holt’s poetic and intimately charged practice transcends boundaries as a playwright, filmmaker and Stanford University educator. She is the youngest playwright to receive a two-year residency at the Joseph Papp Public Theater in New York where her play, The Bottom of Heaven was developed starring Lupita Nyong’o and Tonya Pinkins.  A-lan currently serves as associate director at Stanford’s Institute for Diversity in the Arts, where she teaches and supports interventions in art practice, spiritual practice and social change. Her debut artist book Moonwork was shortlisted for the Cornish Family Prize at the Melbourne Art Book Fair. As a filmmaker she is a 2018 Sundance Fellow and her work has been supported by Sundance Screenwriters Intensive, BlackStar Film Festival, KQED Arts among others.

Short Bio:

A-lan Holt’s work imagines new worlds for intimate audiences across theater, poetry, experience and film. She is the associate director at the Institute for Diversity in the Arts at Stanford University, where she develops curriculum exploring art practice, spiritual practice and social justice.