TRAVIS MICHAEL HOLDER has been a Los Angeles theatre critic since 1987 and has taught acting, theatre history, Media in Society, and has directed BFA production workshops at the New York Film Academy’s west coast campus since 2010.
As a journalist, he was Theatre Editor for Entertainment Today for 21 years and reviewed for Back Stage for 12 years. He was editor of Los Angeles Theatres Magazine and managing editor for both the Beverly Hills Post and West Hollywood Weekly, wrote monthly columns about music and Las Vegas entertainment in Salon City Magazine, and was a longtime contributor to ArtsInLA before establishing his popular website TicketHoldersLA.com in 2017.
As a writer, his plays Looking South on Cahuenga Hill, L.O.L., STR8 2 PRDRS, and River and Other Phoeni Rising have been produced nationally and his first, Surprise Surprise, which originally debuted at the Victory Theatre Center in 1994, became a cult favorite 2010 feature film with screenplay adapted by Travis with director Jerry Turner and featuring him in a leading role.
An actor since childhood originally brought to El Lay at age 20 under contract to a major studio, he has appeared in six Broadway productions and has traveled extensively in everything from Bye Bye Birdie, Hair, and throughout Europe and Asia in Hello Dolly, to touring as Amos “Mr. Cellophane” Hart in Chicago. Directorial credits include Dracula, Bye Bye Birdie, Dark of the Moon, Equus, Other Desert Cities, Bleacher Bums, Tennessee Williams' The Purification, Brecht on Brecht, Laramie Project: 10 Years Later, and Stupid Fucking Bird.
Travis received the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award for Leading Performance as Kenneth Halliwell in the west coast premiere of Nasty Little Secrets at Theatre/Theater; another LADCC Award as part of the ensemble cast of Stupid Fucking Bird at the Boston Court Performing Arts Center; a Drama-Logue Award as Lennie in Of Mice and Men; a ReviewPlays.com Award as Brian in The Shadow Box; a Sage Award for The Hurricane Katrina Comedy Fest; six acting nominations from LA Weekly; Ovation, GLAAD, NAACP, and five Garland Award nominations. Regionally, he was recognized with an Inland Theatre League Award as Ken Talley in Fifth of July, three awards for direction and performance as Dr. Dysart in Equus, and he was up for Washington, DC’s Helen Hayes honors as Oscar Wilde in the world premiere of Oscar & Speranza.
Taking a highly successful detour into the insanity of the music industry in his 20s, Travis toured the globe with Dusty Springfield, The Doors, and Loggins & Messina before settling in as Talent Coordinator at the infamous Troubadour in LA and San Francisco, staying on in SF when the club became The Boarding House before he embarked on a breakneck career producing concerts nationally and interntionally. He introduced Elton John to the US in his first stateside appearance, brought Bette Midler to the west coast on her inaugural national tour, and was instrumental in helping to launch the careers of such icons as Joni Mitchell, Laura Nyro, Jackson Browne, David Foster, Robin Williams, Tom Waits, Glenn Frye, Steve Martin, Carole King, James Taylor, Billy Joel, David Byrne and The Talking Heads, Kris Kristoferson, Linda Ronstadt, John Denver, The Tubes, and Cheech & Chong.
Travis' first novel, Waiting for Walk, a memoir of growing up as a child actor, has been sitting in a desk drawer since its completion in 2005, proving there is often a deep divide between talent and functionality.