SHARING STORIES & CREATING PARTNERSHIPS
Founded in 1983 by Michael and Theresa Holden and now led by Spring Karlo, Stacy Meshbane, and Sarah Saltwick, Holden & Arts Associates is a booking agency that connects exceptional performing artists from all over the world with North American venues. We seek to create rich partnerships and share stories that inspire, educate, entertain, and empower audiences of all ages.
We represent artists that perform in genres that include Theatre, Dance, Puppetry and Music. Many of our offerings are based on well-known books; others are original or devised stories. Some are full musicals; others are non-verbal. Each season, we assemble a roster of artistically excellent offerings that reflect the diversity of our local and global community. These touring productions range in scale, medium, and country of origin, but all are wonderful for public family or student audiences (with curriculum connections geared from PreK to high school). We look forward to working with our artistic and presenting partners to build the coming season.
Spring Karlo, Co-Director
Sales & Marketing
Spring graduated from The University of Texas in Austin with a double major in playwriting and Italian. She has worked in theatre in various capacities - as a performer/playwright (in Rome, Italy), in development and grant writing (with Redmoon in Chicago, IL), and as a producer (with paper chairs in Austin, TX). With HAA since 2011, Spring was named one of The Association of Performing Arts Professionals’ “Art Leaders of Tomorrow” in 2015. In her spare time, she is an avid scuba diver and loves to travel the world. She lives in Austin, TX with her husband Don and puppy Fig.
Stacy Meshbane, Co-Director
Finance & International Relations
Stacy holds a degree in Women's Studies from Vassar College and is a classically trained violinist. In her 17 years with Holden & Arts, Stacy has accumulated extensive knowledge of all facets of artist management - from marketing, booking and contracting artists, to chasing USCIS for visa approvals and helping artists navigate the sticky state and federal tax scene. An enthusiastic cook and host of many a merry dinner party, she lives in Austin, TX with her husband Clarke, son Noah, and cats Honey Badger and Cassiopeia.
Sarah Saltwick, Co-Director
Sales & Artistic Relations
Sarah began her work at HAA in 2008. She is a graduate of Hampshire College (BA) and the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas in Austin (MFA). In addition to her work at HAA, she is also a playwright. Her plays have been produced nationally and received critical acclaim from the Austin Critics Table and B. Iden Payne Committee. Sarah lives with her husband Toto Miranda, musician and visual artist, their daughter Beatrix, and their cat Lulu.
Theresa and Michael Holden, Co-Founders
Michael and Theresa Holden founded Holden & Arts in 1983 and were awarded the 2014 Fan Taylor Distinguished Service Award by The Association of Performing Arts Professionals for their long service and dedication to the field. Michael and Theresa are active consultants for HAA, and Theresa is expanding her work with Artist and Community Connection and Story Circles, continuing teaching and consulting in the areas of artists working in communities and organizational development; Michael is doing more painting and writing and is looking into some presenting possibilities.