Author of REFUGE, out June 1st 2018 from Kore Press

Ming Holden

_____Professional Experience_____

Huffington Post, Blogger, 2009-present

• 30+ Articles (Politics Page, World Page, Green Page, Impact Page, Books Page, New York Page, Media Page, Arts Page, Culture Page)

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Nairobi, Kenya, Summer 2011-present

Successfully mobilized a self-sustaining theater and psychosocial support group for young urban female refugees in a slum of Nairobi, Kenya

Dogstar Theater Company, Santa Barbara, February 2017-present

• Played the female lead, May, in Last Train to Nibroc (Center Stage, April 2017)

• Played Catherine in The Foreigner (Center Stage, October 2017)

University of California, Santa Barbara, Winter-Summer 2017

• Director of The Odyssey Project, a  multimedia theater production with incarcerated youth and undergraduates at a local youth detention center

Instructor of Record for the associated six-week summer class, THTR 43/143, “The People’s Voice”

University of California, Santa Barbara, Winter 2015 – Spring 2017

• Introduction to Acting (Theater 5) Instructor

Plaza Playhouse, Carpinteria, December 2015

• Played Mrs Crachit in A Christmas Carol

University of California, Santa Barbara, Fall 2015

• Reader for Professor Frances Cowhig’s Playwriting Workshop

• Teaching Assistant for the Fall Dance Production

Plaza Playhouse, Carpinteria, California, October 2015

• Played heroine Wendy March in “Doctor Devereaux”, a fundraiser show for Plaza Playhouse

Plaza Playhouse, Carpinteria, California, September 2015

• Actor in Ed Giron’s collection of one-acts

Plaza Playhouse, Carpinteria, California, Winter 2015

• Played six different characters for “Old Time Radio Show”, performance March 2015

The Production Unit, Santa Barbara, California, Winter 2015

Director’s Assistant to Peter Frisch for World Premiere of “Paradise & 154”

Plaza Playhouse, Carpinteria, California, October 2014

• Starred opposite Cami Helmuth as Calamity Jane’s daughter Janey

Department of Theater and Dance, University of California, Santa Barbara, Fall 2014

Teaching Assistant, Modern Dance History

The Odyssey Project, University of California, Santa Barbara, Fall 2014

Research Assistant for Michael Morgan’s NEA-Award-winning theater workshop with incarcerated youth

Dijo Productions, Santa Barbara, California, Summer 2014

Played Reika in an ensemble production of Joshua Sobel’s WWII play “Ghetto”

Interdisciplinary Humanities Center, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2013-2014

Part of pilot group of Graduate Affiliate Fellows for the “Value of Care” program series

Every Syrian, Maram Foundation, Karam Foundation, Turkey and Syria, July 2013

Freelance Nonfiction Writer

Conducted interviews at prosthetic limb center and Syrian refugee camp

Rio Beni Health Project, Bolivia, July 2012

Freelance Nonfiction Writer

Translator for American volunteers at rural health project sites

Indiana University, August 2010-May 2012

Creative Writing and Composition Instructor

Indiana Review, Fall 2010

Poetry Reader

Slice Magazine, Summer 2010

Nonfiction Reader

JEI Learning, November 2009-July 2010

Tutored recent Korean immigrant adolescent students in English writing and reading

The Asia Foundation, Mongolia, Summer 2009

Independent contractor: literary translation editor/PEN center advocate

Archetime Conference, New York City, October 2008-April 2009


Mobile Libris, New York City, October 2008-April 2009

Mobile Event Bookseller

Henry Luce Foundation/Mongolian Writers Union, August 2007-July 2008

Served as Mongolian Writers Union’s first-ever International Relations Advisor

Collaborated with Mongolia’s UNHCR to assist exiled Chinese writers

Advocated successfully for Mongolia PEN Center formation

Edited literary translation of book by Mongolia’s National Library Director

People Helping People, April-August 2007

Workforce Investment Act Grant Writer/Case Manager for at-risk high school students

Brown University, Fall 2006

Introductory Filmmaking Teaching Assistant for Filmmaker Leslie Thornton

Brown Literary Review, May 2005-December 2006

Co-founder, Editor-in-Chief

Archipelago Books, Summer 2006

Editorial Intern

El Centro Médico de Planificación y Orientación Familiar, Ecuador, July 2005

Translator for Canadian nurses at rural health project sites

Educators for Social Responsibility, July 2004

General Intern

Brown University Literary Arts Reading Series, May 2004

Chosen to read with Robert Creeley for thesis performance Interruptions in Latitude               

Sarah Doyle Womens Center, September 2004-September 2006

Publicity and Library Coordinator

Silver Taiga Foundation for Sustainable Forestry, Siberia, Russia, September-December 2003

Independent editing contract with the Swiss Agency of Development and Cooperation

Santa Barbara Independent Newspaper, July 2002

Editorial Intern

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