Jamie Olah

Jamie Olah

Jamie Olah (she/her) is a dramatic writer and educator from the mighty Midwest. She is a scholar of comedy and is dedicated to creating new, experimental works that inspire positive social change. She uses her extensive background in physical theatre to craft pieces that are athletic, visceral, and visually striking.

While pursuing her MFA in Dramatic Writing at Carnegie Mellon University, Jamie...
Jamie Olah (she/her) is a dramatic writer and educator from the mighty Midwest. She is a scholar of comedy and is dedicated to creating new, experimental works that inspire positive social change. She uses her extensive background in physical theatre to craft pieces that are athletic, visceral, and visually striking.

While pursuing her MFA in Dramatic Writing at Carnegie Mellon University, Jamie won third place in the Alfred P. Sloan Script Competition and was awarded a Certificate of Merit from The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival National Playwriting Program. She is the recipient of a Frank-Ratchye Further Fund grant from The STUDIO for Creative Inquiry, a GuSH research grant from Carnegie Mellon University, and three artistic grants from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.

Jamie is the founder of Chicago Playwrights Group, a writing workshop that has served over 60 theatre creators. She was the co-founder and artistic director of Grassroots Theatre Project, and she served as a company member with Dal Vivo and The Moving Dock Theatre Co. Her plays have been presented by New American Folk Theatre, Broken Nose Theatre, The New Coordinates, The Arc Theatre, Links Hall, Physical Theatre Festival Chicago, Adventure Stage Chicago, Clock Productions, Red Tape Theatre, Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre, Food & Performance, and others.

Jamie holds a BFA in Acting from Viterbo University. She has additional specialized training in red nose clown (Paola Coletto), bouffon (Nathaniel Justiniano), commedia dell’arte (Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre), the Michael Chekhov technique (Dawn Arnold), and Balinese mask performance (I Ketut Kantor). Jamie is also a devoted theatre educator with 17 years of experience empowering students of all ages to write and perform their own stories.

www.jamieolah.com

Plays

  • Textbook
    Reggie has donned his best swim trunks, slathered his nose with sunscreen, and is ready to throw back a piña colada. After years of taking orders from the Macho Honcho, he’s ready to go home. Just as he’s about to take off, Reggie learns that he has been called to be the Regent of the realm. But before he can claim the title, he has to finish preparing the land for settlement. He’ll have to write a textbook...
    Reggie has donned his best swim trunks, slathered his nose with sunscreen, and is ready to throw back a piña colada. After years of taking orders from the Macho Honcho, he’s ready to go home. Just as he’s about to take off, Reggie learns that he has been called to be the Regent of the realm. But before he can claim the title, he has to finish preparing the land for settlement. He’ll have to write a textbook detailing his colony’s founding, build a platform to house the settlement’s capitol building, and invite the world’s best and brightest to join him in forming a new society. If that weren’t hard enough, he has to placate a ragtag collection of animal scavengers who will stop at nothing to hold Reggie to his word.
  • Eden in Silence
    Eden is leaving. After surviving years of violence at the hands of her boyfriend Christopher, she packs up her belongings and steps out the door. But what should be a fresh new beginning is hardly an end to her struggle. Using physical theatre and visual spectacle, Eden in Silence challenges the stigma of domestic abuse and champions the transformative power of human connection.
  • Maybe She's Born With It
    Maxi, a creature from another planet, has been observing women and she thinks they are fascinating. She is mesmerized by their obsession with their bodies: how they mold them into different shapes, paint them assorted colors and put them on display. It all looks like a rollicking good time and she has arrived ready to play. What starts as fun and games soon leads Maxi to unearth something darker: a mysterious...
    Maxi, a creature from another planet, has been observing women and she thinks they are fascinating. She is mesmerized by their obsession with their bodies: how they mold them into different shapes, paint them assorted colors and put them on display. It all looks like a rollicking good time and she has arrived ready to play. What starts as fun and games soon leads Maxi to unearth something darker: a mysterious force threatening to destroy all of womanhood. Will she manifest this beast and welcome it into her world? Or will she clobber it with her red-bottomed pump?
  • Clandestine
    After nearly a decade of serving the needs of her country at the expense of her family, Reya Veil, an Operations Officer with the CIA, is called to action when her mother is murdered by an unknown assassin. But to find her mother’s killer, Reya must first confront evidence of her own misdeeds. In the end, she must sacrifice everything to atone for past wrongs and bring justice to her family.
  • Breaker
    Simone Breaker was in control. As a Special Agent and Forensic Scientist with the FBI, she led teams around the world to process countless major crime scenes. Now, at age 57, Simone is retiring to a promising new chapter at home with her husband and daughter. But will the tranquility of her new life be shattered by memories from her past? Inspired by true events, Breaker explores the invisible wounds of post-...
    Simone Breaker was in control. As a Special Agent and Forensic Scientist with the FBI, she led teams around the world to process countless major crime scenes. Now, at age 57, Simone is retiring to a promising new chapter at home with her husband and daughter. But will the tranquility of her new life be shattered by memories from her past? Inspired by true events, Breaker explores the invisible wounds of post-traumatic stress disorder and its affect on the family.
  • Cowabunga
    On the eve of the Wisconsin State Cow Chip Throw, two friends meet online to prepare for an important anniversary.
  • Descendants
    A man and a woman fall in love. A family is formed and torn apart. Pain remains. Life continues. A new family forms while the remnants of the broken family mend and grow. The new attempts to reconcile with the old, but pain remains. Children grow and form new families who wonder: will the light of the future help ease the pain of the past? Using movement and tableaux, Descendants presents a sweeping narrative...
    A man and a woman fall in love. A family is formed and torn apart. Pain remains. Life continues. A new family forms while the remnants of the broken family mend and grow. The new attempts to reconcile with the old, but pain remains. Children grow and form new families who wonder: will the light of the future help ease the pain of the past? Using movement and tableaux, Descendants presents a sweeping narrative of love, infidelity, and the lasting effects of divorce.
  • Georgia & Gertie
    Georgia is sick of bananas…and mashed potatoes…and oatmeal. Just beyond the kitchen door of the assisted living facility that she calls home lies a cornucopia of delicious delicacies, but first she’s got to get through nurse Janine. With the help of her gal Gertie, a banana peel, and a whole lot of gumption, Georgia might just end the day sinking her teeth into a nice juicy steak.