Until her untimely death in 2011, Carolyn Holzman was an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Portland State University, and had taught movement/choreography in the Theatre Arts Department since 1984. She previously instructed drama courses at Portland Community College, Portland Metro Performing Arts, Felida School in Vancouver, WA, and Multnomah Educational Service District.
Carolyn Holzman was also a performer, having done acrobatic dance, trapeze, and comedy for the professional touring company Do Jump Movement Theatre from 1980 to 1995 and performing original movement theatre for Portland Mime Theater from 1977 to 1988.
She recently adapted, directed and designed White Nights, a short story by Dostoevsky, and co-directed (with William Tate) The Tempest at Portland State University. Her directing/choreographing credits include Hot Flashes the Musical, Iph, Coppelia, and 10 Seconds that can Change Your Life.
Carolyn Holzman had received many grants and awards such as Oregon Arts Commission, Collins Foundation, and Rose E. Tucker Charitable Trust funding for the project Mime Speaks in 1984, and the Kellogg Award from the PSU English Department in 1995.