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Anita Hollander has worked throughout Europe and America as an actress, singer, composer, lyricist, director, producer and teacher. 
She has premiered new works of composers and playwrights at Carnegie Hall, the Village Gate, Playwrights Horizons, and New York Shakespeare Festival, where she sang original work of Philip Glass. She received a Helen Hayes Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Musical for the Olney Theatre premiere of The Fifth Season and originated the title role in the award-winning play Gretty Good Time at the Kennedy Center in Washington.

Anita's original one-woman musical, Still Standing: A Musical Survival Guide For Life's Catastrophes, won the AUDIENCE AWARD at the 2012 United Solo Theatre Festival in NYC, and has garnered critical praise and awards from the New York Times, ASCAP, Billboard, and Back Stage Magazine, for writing as well as performance. Still Standing has been produced at The White House, Kennedy Center, Off-Broadway, and throughout the country and is available on CD at iTunes and  www.amazon.com. A segment from her other solo musical, Walking to Canada, appears in a book of plays by women - Estrogenius 2003.


Anita’s theatrical roles have included Grizabella in CATS, Emma Goldman in Ragtime, Fraulein Schneider in Cabaret, Meg in Damn Yankees, Aunt Eller in Oklahoma, Golde in Fiddler On The Roof, Sister Hubert in Nunsense, Blanche in Brighton Beach Memoirs, the title role in Shirley Valentine, and Mrs. Harcourt in Trump Plaza/Atlantic City’s Anything Goes. Most recently, Anita appeared Off-Broadway as Francesca Danieli in the World Premiere of Kate Moira Ryan’s Bass for Picasso and in Rich Maxwell’s ADS at PS 122, NYC.

On TV, Anita has been a promo announcer for NBC Today Show and narrated the acclaimed PBS series People In Motion featuring Itzak Perlman, Marlee Matlin and John Hockenberry. She's also appeared on Law & Order, Law & Order: SVU, As the World Turns, Oz, The Sopranos, Another World and All My Children (on which her husband and daughter, Paul and Holland Hamilton, also appeared). BBC/London featured Anita on their program From The Edge, and MTV featured her in their Celebration of Diversity. Film-wise, Anita appears as Sarah in the feature film Handsome Harry.

As a member of all three actors' unions, Anita is on the National Board of AFTRA and serves as a National Chair of the Tri-Union Performers with Disabilities committee. She has enlightened audiences in theatres and schools about disability with Boston's Urban Improv, Joseph Chaikin's Body Songs at NY’s Public Theatre, Heidi Latsky Dance and Infinity Dance Theatre. She has toured as a Celebrity Against Cancer for the American Cancer Society, and for VSA Arts she appeared at the U.N. with Betty Buckley and Tom Brokaw. Anita also appears in a documentary entitled Joseph Chaikin: A Life in the Theatre.

John S. Wilson of the New York Times called Anita "provocative, funny, moving, communicative and beautifully polished...She has a wide range of vocal colors which she uses with dramatic sensitivity as well as comic insight...All this plus a charming presence that flavors everything she does."