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photo cred.-Karla Ent

What is your name?

Olson

What are your jobs in the entertainment industry?

Company Manager at TUTS in Houston (Beginning August 2017)

What is the MOST special skill?

I can always find the best food spots wherever I am.

What was your first big production/design opportunity? Tell us about it.

My first big production job came shortly after graduating college, as the Assistant Company Manager for Pittsburgh CLO. While in school I also had the opportunity of interning with La Jolla Playhouse in San Diego for the summer.

What show would you gladly work on multiple productions of?

For sure -Into the Woods. The music never gets old to me, and it's always fun to see how many different versions of the show can be created. I'm also deeply in love with anything written by William Finn.

What is one of the most difficult challenges you face in the business? 

In my job, there are so many challenges, as every day is different. One personal challenge that I always face in the business is the coming and going of people. I feel like I'm still trying to get used to that.

Favorite show? Why?

Singin' in the Rain. For sure. There is nothing like that score. Honorable mentions to go The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Memphis, and Come From Away. Also a big fan of Hamlet.

Do you have a specific process when it comes to approaching your work?

Put yourself in their shoes. Being a Company Manager means dealing with an array of different situations. If you can stop, and put yourself in the artist's shoes, you can figure out the best way of addressing the situation at hand.

Where did you train? How has that affected you?

I have an acting degree from Point Park University. I was able to take a lot of production and business centered classes while there, which really rounded me out as a professional. Coming into Company Management and Producing as an actor gives me a different perspective. I know what it's like to rehearse and perform as an actor, which helps me as a liaison between the artists and the producers.

 

What's something you would tell younger people in your career path? Why?

I'm still pretty young myself, and am definitely still learning. I'd say the most important thing to do is to involve yourself with as much theatre as possible. See shows, paint drops, be a reader at auditions, create work- anything you can do to learn as much about the business as possible.

Favorite book?

I'll always be a Harry Potter fan until I die.

Who made a lasting impact on your artistic path? How did they shape your career?

Too many to count. I've been fortunate to have incredible teachers throughout my life, that really shaped me into the person & professional that I am today.

If you weren't in theatre, what career would you love to explore?

 I always wanted to be a doctor. Or the host of American Idol

What keeps you sane offstage?

Cold brew iced coffee, and keeping a detailed notebook/calendar.

Worst part of the industry?

Having to turn away too many talented people. Casting is HARD.

Theatre is: 

Complex, beautiful, and important.

Where can people find out more about you online?

www.olsonscottkelly.com

Instagram: @oskelly456

Twitter: @oskelly456

 

 

photo cred.- Karla Ent
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