Brian Daniel Holden is an American audiobook narrator, writer, singer, actor based in Chicago. He is best known for his work with the American musical theatre company Team StarKid of which he was a founding member.
Early Life and Education
Brian was born in Traverse City, Michigan on August 27, 1995. He later attended the University of Michigan.
Brian works as an audiobook narrator having narrated over 50 audibooks. He has won two awards for his work in narrating including a Voice Arts Award ad a Parent's Choice Silver Award for his work in narrating Puss in Boots.
Brian previously worked at the Adler Planetarium in Chicago for 6 years and currently hosts a podcast for the Planetarium called REACH: A Space Podcast for Kids with his wife Meredith Stepien which has allowed them many opporuntiies including interviewing NASA Astronauts Mark Vande Hei and Megan McArthur while they were on board the International Space Station.
Brian met the members of StarKid while collaborating in UoM's university's student-run theatre organization. Their first play was based on The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, where he played Gollum. The show succeeded in developing a working relationship among the StarKids-to-be. At that point, there was no concept that they were in some sort of troupe — they were just friends with each other in the School of Music, Theatre & Dance. In 2007, Brian featured in the pre-StarKid web series Little White Lie as Zack
In 2009, Brian co-wrote, A Very Potter Musical (then known as Harry Potter the Musical) with Nick and Matt Lang. The production sold out all four of its performances at UMich. A recorded version of the show that was posted on YouTube for family members to watch went viral and StarKid Productions was founded by Brian, Darren Criss, Nick Lang and Matt Lang.
Since then Nick has collaborated in the writing of seven StarKid shows, as well as featuring in eight. He has also acted as a producer on numerous StarKid productions as well as featuring in two sketch shows, two concerts and two national tours.
|Year||Production||Company||Creative Role||Acting Role|
|2007||Little White Lie||Starkid Productions||Zack|
|2009||A Very Potter Musical||Starkid Productions||Writer|
|2009||Me and My Dick||Starkid Productions||Writer|
|2010||A Very Potter Sequel||Starkid Productions||Writer||Remus Lupin|
|2012||Holy Musical B@man!||Starkid Productions||Superman|
|2013||A Very Potter Senior Year||Starkid Productions||Writer||Remus Lupin
|2014||Ani: A Parody||Starkid Productions||Jar Jar "J.J" Binks
|2014||The Trail to Oregon!||Starkid Productions||Additional Writing|
|2020||A VHS Christmas Carol||Starkid Productions||Tiny Tim
|2021||VHS Christmas Carol Live!||Starkid Productions||Tiny Tim
Business Man Three
- Brian is the creator of the fandom joke "Satan is a real man" due to his self-admitted obsession with Satan during the run of Firebringer.