Jamie Olah

Jamie Olah

Jamie Olah is a Chicago playwright specializing in the development of highly visual, movement-driven plays that celebrate the heroic stories of women and girls. She is passionate about telling stories of resilience and perseverance, and she seeks to initiate public dialogue by exploring subjects that are avoided due to stigma or fear.

Jamie is committed to empowering theatre artists of all ages...
Jamie Olah is a Chicago playwright specializing in the development of highly visual, movement-driven plays that celebrate the heroic stories of women and girls. She is passionate about telling stories of resilience and perseverance, and she seeks to initiate public dialogue by exploring subjects that are avoided due to stigma or fear.

Jamie is committed to empowering theatre artists of all ages to realize their creative potential. Since 2007, she has worked with individuals, theatres, schools, arts organizations and camps to provide direct instruction, develop new programs, write curriculum, lead teacher training, and provide script and creative consultation services.

Jamie is the Founder of Chicago Playwrights Group and Firefly Storytelling. She was the Co-Founder and Artistic Director of Grassroots Theatre Project and is a former company member with both Dal Vivo Theatre and The Moving Dock Theatre Co. She is a three-time recipient of grants from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. She holds a BFA in Theatre Performance from Viterbo University.

Plays

  • 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.
  • 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.