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Catherine Holder

Catherine Holder


Hello! I am Catherine Holder! During the past eleven years, I have been a performing arts educator as well as artist. It has been a crazy ride!

After graduating Cum Laude, with a degree in Musical Theater from Samford University, I went on tour with several touring theater companies, most notably, Missoula Children’s Theater, the largest touring children’s theater in the nation. After spending some time in Nashville, Tennessee. I fell in love with jazz music and songwriting. Because of this, I wrote a one woman show based on Rosemary Clooney’s life called “Come on-a My House: Story of a Girl Singer,” which I performed year in Greater Nashville. In addition, I released a self-titled R&B and Jazz album that I co-wrote and produced with some of Nashville’s best producers and writers. But something was still missing. I still yearned to share my gifts with the youth of Middle Tennessee.

While cultivating my songwriting, acting, and singing, I created a theater and songwriting program at St. Edward School in Nashville as well as a dance and music education program at the YMCA of Brentwood. My goal was to cultivate and mentor young students in the arts. After seven years of living a split life of both performer and teacher, I decided to mesh the two worlds together all for the love of children. That is when I created Setting the Stage Productions. It’s one-part children’s entertainment company that showcases Mizz KT and Friendz, which produces electronic pop children’s music and quirky puppet shows while the other part is a performing arts studio, which teaches dance, music, and theater, with an emphasis in original student creations.

I’m a self-proclaimed Disney nerd and am a part of geek media related podcast full of a bunch of comic book wielding nerds. People say I’m like a smarter Penny from The Big Bang Theory. I am both the estrogen and the Disney expert on this podcast. I love to analyze movies, binge watch Westworld, Meet the Goldbergs, This is Us, Handmaid’s Tale, and Parks and Recreation, …. eat good food with friends, play mindless board games, and hang out with my husband and our fur-baby, Boo, the whippet. I am insatiably goofy and LOVE to make people laugh. I am under the firm belief that I’m not really a teacher... and I’m not really a friend, but a mentor to my students. A mentor’s job is never done because even when your student knows more than you, you can still be there to lift them up!

I look forward to seeing YOUR child in my classes!