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 grew up in a small farming town on the banks of Lake Wisconsin. After graduating magna cum laude with a BFA in Theatre from Viterbo University, she moved to Chicago and found a home in the devised physical theatre community. Today, her plays are highly influenced by her background in red nose clown, commedia dell’arte, mask performance, dance and the teachings of Michael Chekhov.
Jamie is the Founder of Chicago Playwrights Group, a club that has served the Chicago playwriting community since 2015. She is also the Co-Founder and former Artistic Director of Grassroots Theatre Project, and she served as a company member with both Dal Vivo Theatre and The Moving Dock Theatre Co.
Jamie has worked with Broken Nose Theatre, The New Colony, The Arc Theatre, Links Hall, Pursuit Productions, Prologue Theatre, Walkabout Theatre, Red Tape Theatre, Bailiwick Theatre, Food & Performance, Apple Tree Theatre, and Premier Theatre & Performance. She is a three-time recipient of grants from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.
Full Length Plays
- Eden in Silence
- M.A.T.E. *
- Frugal Love *
Short/One Acts (selected)
- Ruby of the Sea
- 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