ClaireStareAaron Holland was born in  Queens, NY. By the age of 3 his love of performance was firmly in place; his mother being a dancer and his father a DJ at the time- Aaron hosted their shows! Shortly thereafter, Aaron’s father joined the military, sending the family from the Queensbridge housing projects in Long Island City to Fitchburg, Massachusetts and then to Germany, where Aaron began writing and performing shows in the second grade. After his father’s untimely death in 1992, Aaron and his mother found themselves in the heart of  Virginia.  Fast- forward to college in Richmond, VA at Virginia Commonwealth University where Aaron began to write again and produce shows; 10 minutes to Chicago (His autobiographical one man show), Coalesque (a semi-autobiographical choreo-poem based on Walt Whitman’s Song of Myself). In his senior year, Aaron won the Kingsley Colton Award for best partner at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival.

In 2004, Aaron literally packed a suitcase and moved to Chicago, IL with $400 in his pocket. There he began his writing and performance career in earnest. In the ten years he’s been in Chicago, Aaron has written and produced 5 of his own shows: The Golden Rose (A musical adventure inspired by the stories of Krishna in the Bhagavad-gita) at the Heartland Theater, The Secrets of Triple G (An African american, gay, Murder Mystery farce) at The Abbiefest Angel Island Theater, Catharsis Or the Thing You Should Have Told Me (A family drama) Stage Left Theater and Skokie Theater, Five Mo’s Named Guy (A gay parody of the jukebox musical format) at the Playground Theater,  Sideways Tales From Front Street Beach (A song-cycle about sexual secrets) at Mary’s Attic.

Aaron was granted a Playwright residency at Bailiwick Chicago in 2012. Princess Mary Demands Your Attention was Aaron’s first professionally produced show. http://bailiwickchicago.com/season-5/

One Of his short plays, A Plank in Reason was just performed over three days in the Prologue Theatre 2014 Landmark Festival: Shattered Reason, September 1-3, 2014

His Play, For Colored Stoned Gay Bois, was staged as part of the Black Lives Black words Festival in Chicago.


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