Degrees and Certifications:
BA in English (UC Davis) MA in Education (UC Davis) Single Subject Teaching Credential - English CTE Credential - Arts, Media and Entertainment Preliminary Administrative Services Credential
Kyle Holmes is an educator, director, playwright and member of The Dramatists Guild of America. As the Director of Theatre Arts at Granite Bay High School for the past ten seasons, he has produced and directed over twenty main stage productions, and his students have gone on to create art in Los Angeles, New York City, Ashland, Oregon, and across the United States.
Notable directing credits include the amateur world premiere of The Unfortunates coming off of its run at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and A.C.T. San Francisco, Jesus Christ Superstar, and Into the Woods. In 2018, Holmes began writing Ranked, A New Musical with composer and musical director David Taylor Gomes that priemered at Granite Bay High School in April of 2019. The show received rave reviews and garnered national attention. As of fall 2020, it is being performed by high schools across the country and internationally. Holmes collaborated with Gomes as a writer, producer and musician for Boxed Up - The Musical, an episodic six-part immersive story staged at the Sacramento Warehouse Artist Lofts (WAL) that culminated in The Boxed Up Binge concert at Capital Stages.
An alumni of Union Mine High School in El Dorado County, Holmes studied theatre at the University of California, Irvine for several years before finishing his Bachelor of Arts degree in English at the University of California, Davis. He continued studying at UC Davis and received his single-subject teaching credential in English and his Master of Arts degree in Education where his research focused on student writing and the metacognative process.
In 2018, he was one of four theatre arts teachers in California chosen to serve on the California Department of Education’s Visual and Performing Arts Standards Advisory Committee (CDE VAPA SAC), re-writing California’s K-12 Standards for Theatre Arts. He was recently recognized as Teacher of the Year by the Roseville Joint Union High School District for the 2019-2020 school year.
During the summer, Holmes has spent the past seventeen years with Sugarloaf Fine Arts Camp, where he teaches theatre arts and works with The Sugarloaf Station Foundation to raise scholarship money for students furthering their artistic passions.
In another life, Holmes worked for the Oakland Raiders, Sacramento Kings, and was a professional freelancer for USA Today Sports Media.