Theater helmer Adrienne Campbell-Holt to make feature film directing debut with ‘Contested’

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Adrienne Campbell-Holt

Adrienne Campbell-Holt, founding artistic director of New York’s Colt Coeur theater, has been attached to the political drama “Contested,” to be produced by Kettle Cove Productions.

It will mark her feature film directing debut, according to a news release.

With Colt Coeur, Campbell-Holt has directed 11 world premieres, including Stephen Belber’s “Joan,” Ana Nogueira’s “Empathitrax” (now being developed for a feature), Steven Levenson’s “Seven Days in Heaven,” and “Dry Land” by Ruby Rae Spiegel.

She also has helmed numerous world premieres by Theresa Rebeck, including most recently, “Downstairs,” starring Tyne Daly and Tim Daly.

On Broadway, Campbell-Holt has served as associate director of “Dear Evan Hansen.” She is the recipient of the 2018 Lucille Lortel Visionary Director Award.

On screen, she has directed two short films and shadowed directors on several broadcast television series including “Madam Secretary” and “Grey’s Anatomy.”

“Contested,” written by former political operative Lynn Reed, is a timely political drama that examines political polarization through the lens of family rift. Kate Adams is the top adviser to the woman who would be the first female president of the United States, while her brother Mark serves in a similar capacity for the opponent. Although they have battled professionally for decades, the extreme tactics and high stakes of this campaign threaten to destroy any remaining familial bond, while also threatening to permanently (and literally) divide the country.

“Lynn Reed has a demonstrated commitment to telling emotionally impactful stories set against the backdrop of larger narratives about ambition and identity,” Campbell-Holt said in a statement. “As a lifelong political junkie, I’m thrilled to join Lynn on this journey and bring this moving story to the screen.”

Reed also will produce through her Kettle Cove Productions banner, a boutique production company with a strong focus on female-led projects.


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