Jamie Olah


Jamie Olah is a Chicago playwright specializing in the development of highly visual, movement-driven plays that amplify the underrepresented voices 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.




Full Length Plays

  • Breaker
  • Eden in Silence
  • M.A.T.E. *
  • Frugal Love *

Short/One Acts (selected)

  • Ruby of the Sea
  • Cowabunga
  • Descendants
  • Georgia & Gertie
  • Anna to the West *
  • The Miracle Food
  • The Second Deadly Sin
  • All Numbers Add up to Twenty

Script & Creative Consultant (selected)

  • The Camino Project *, Theatre Y
  • Procession, Muscleflea
  • A Musical Ethnography of Foster Care, Sean Ellis Hussey

*  Devised Production