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Born in Montréal, Québec, into a bilingual family of talented musicians and performing artists, Holly Gauthier-Frankel is an award-winning multidisciplinary entertainer with over 25 years of experience in studio and stage performance. She is also a writer, and has worked as a producer and director, creating plays, dance performances and choreographies for a variety of festivals and special events. Amazingly, she can also cook and tie her shoelaces, but her housekeeping skills leave a lot to be desired.
As a vocalist and voice actor, her versatility, tone, range and professionalism make her one of the most sought-after studio performers of her generation. Holly has lent her voice to hundreds of children’s cartoons, foreign and local films, and international television series such as Winx Club, Caillou, Jack, Sagwa, and the Emmy-award-winning Arthur, playing various fairies, anthropomorphic animals, children and aliens. Need a crazy mouse riding a tricycle over a cliff? Holly is your gal.
In commercial advertising she is proficient in both singing and acting, and has represented brands such as Garnier, McDonald’s, Molson, Aeroplan, and Kleenex. Her work on video games is also varied, and she regularly supplies multiple voices for Ubisoft productions such as Splinter Cell, Watch Dogs, Assassin’s Creed, Evolution World, Dance on Broadway and many more. That prostitute/child/succubus you just mowed down? Probably voiced by Holly.
As a narrator, Holly has worked for the CBC and the National Film Board, as well as for specialty channels like SYFY and Bravo! on documentaries and mini-series such as In Search of the G-Spot, The Killer Next Door and 24 Hours in the Life of a City. She is often the voice of that lady who sometimes sounds like she’s about to fall asleep, seduce you, or murder you slowly. You know the one.
A skilled theatrical and cabaret actor, Holly has performed in plays and musicals such as Schwartz’s the Musical in Montreal; Oliver! and Salt Water Moon at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa; Forbidden Zone in Tokyo, Japan; and in various Burlesque Festivals and events in Montreal, Toronto, New York and Chicago. Thanks to extensive musical theatre, jazz and opera training as well as a penchant for language-learning, Holly is fluid in many different singing styles, ranging from Jazz to Gypsy to Opera and Drum ‘n Bass, in French, Japanese, Serbian, Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, German and more. With a four-octave vocal range, she can reach some of the highest coloratura notes, as well as air-raid-siren noises and morbid, blood-curdling shrieking. Y’know, the good stuff.
It is Holly’s burlesque alter-ego Miss Sugarpuss, however, that has helped to put her on the map as one of Montreal’s pioneers of the Nouveau-Burlesque scene, and a Canadian burlesque favourite. Miss Sugarpuss’ combination of classic Vaudeville humour and clowning mixed with the socio-political satire of Neo-Burlesque made her a welcome addition to the the burgeoning Quebec burlesque-revivalist movement in 2004.
Holly has garnered much critical acclaim with her self-produced Montreal Fringe Festival shows, the first being Miss Sugarpuss and Her Burley-Q Revue!!! (2005). With the help of friends and co-stars L. Diablo (a fellow musical-theatre and dance performer), and Seska Lee (formerly of the Neo-Burlesque Duo the Coral Lees) she co-founded Team Burlesque in 2008, a theatrical burlesque company that injected a sense of community and DIY-theatre-making to the Montreal indie-theatre and cabaret scene. Several years and a multitude of collaborations later, Holly and the acclaimed director-writer Paul Van Dyck co-wrote the runaway, award-winning Fringe Hit Miss Sugarpuss Must Die!, which took the top prize for Best English Theatre Production in 2010, and has since been performed at both of Montreal’s most prestigious English theatres, Centaur Theatre, and the Segal Theatre.
One of Holly’s most cherished achievements is her transition into teaching burlesque as an accessible and empowering art form through her signature series of Sweet Moves classes and workshops, which began in 2009. Designed for both performers and non-performers alike, the classes are tailored to each group of students for a personalized feel. Holly’s easy style makes every class a unique and enjoyable learning experience, covering a broad range of topics from the History and Etiquette of Burlesque, basic dance principles of burlesque and sensual movement, Boylesque, Theatre Skills, all the way to creating your very own burlesque act from the ground up. Miss Sugarpuss is also a favourite at birthday, bachelor/bachelorette and corporate parties throughout Montreal, with both performance and class formats available. Hint, hint.
Holly continues to write, produce, and create in Montreal, and is always looking for new collaborators and conspirators in her artistic endeavours. She is currently getting ready to release an EP with her jazz ensemble, Miss Sugarpuss Quintet, is adapting a film version of Miss Sugarpuss Must Die!, and is doing research for a new, untitled memoir-based project in New York, Ottawa and Europe.
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