Laura Holliday was born in Heerlen, Holland and grew up in Lewisburg, West Virginia. Growing up, Laura studied and performed theatre locally and studied various visual and performing arts at Carnegie Hall West Virginia. Now a director, actor, writer and songwriter, Laura is based in Los Angeles. Laura is a 2017 Sundance Ignite Fellow, a fellowship that selects 15 upcoming filmmakers age 25 and under from around the world, for a year long mentorship with Sundance Institute. Laura is passionate about creating female driven content across mediums, and telling stories about the Appalachian region of the USA where she spent her childhood. Laura has studied screenwriting and filmmaking at Idyllwild Arts Academy, and graduated with honors from Art Center College of Design in 2017 with a BFA in Film Directing. Laura is a graduate of The Second City Hollywood Conservatory for comedy writing, improv and performance, as well as UCBLA’s improv program, where she was recently nominated for the Thomas Angel Foundation Scholarship. Laura’s most recent directorial short film, Disfluency, has been reviewed and shared by IndieWire, Refinery29 and Sundance Institute and can be seen at festivals across the country.