Creator Bios
Todd Olson
Todd Olson (Co-Creator) is currently the Producing Artistic Director for American Stage Company in St. Petersburg, Florida where he has directed several plays recognized by Weekly Planet’s “Best of the Bay” Awards for “Top-10 Productions of the Year” and “Best Director,” including Stones in His Pockets, A Moon for the Misbegotten, Much Ado About Nothing, and Anna in the Tropics. Other American Stage credits include Suddenly Last Summer, Crowns, Three Days of Rain, I Am My Own Wife, The Exonerated (with Sandy Duncan and Antonio Tarver), Casa Blue, the last moments in the life of Frida Kahlo, and Dinner with Friends, the highest-attended production in American Stage’s history. Last season Todd directed the regional premiere of Dennis Lehane’s Coronado at Eckerd College and at American Stage. In 2006 American Stage was voted "Best Theatre Company" in the Tampa Bay-area by both Tampa Bay Magazine and The Weekly Planet. Prior to Florida Todd spent three seasons as Associate Artistic Director at Tennessee Repertory Theatre in Nashville where he directed critically acclaimed productions of Wit, Cyrano de Bergerac, An Ideal Husband, How I Learned to Drive, Dinner with Friends, The Miracle Worker, The Beauty Queen of Leenane, and Francis of Guernica, winning a dozen annual Nashville "Tennie" Awards for "Best Production" and "Best Director". Todd has directed My Way several times, including at the Actor's Theatre in Louisville. Other original work includes I Left My Heart, a tribute to the songbook of Tony Bennett (which made it’s World Premiere at American Stage in 2006), and CASA BLUE, the last moments in the life of Frida Kahlo, which he co-created with Karen Garcia and Jeremy Childs (world premiere in 2007 at American Stage). Todd received his M.F.A. from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and is a graduate from the Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard where he took classes with David Mamet, Peter Sellars, Andrei Serban, Robert Scanlan, Robert Woodruff, Anna Deveare Smith, and Robert Brustein, among others. While at Harvard Todd directed productions of Cervantes’ Judge of the Divorce Court, Brecht’s The Informer, Pinter’s Betrayal, Chekhov’s The Seagull, and Shakespeare’s Coriolanus and The Winter’s Tale. He also assistant directed In the Jungle of Cities (for Robert Woodruff), The Bacchae (for Francois Rochaix), and Woyzeck (for Marcus Stern). He has taught at Harvard (as a Teaching Fellow), Vanderbilt, Boston University, and the University of North Carolina, among others. Mr. Olson has directed over 150 plays, musicals, and operas, including Hamlet (Boston Theatre Works) and the Hungarian premiere of Sam Shepard's Buried Child. His opera credits include work on Vanessa (Des Moines Metro Opera), Tosca (Opera Southwest), Seven Deadly Sins (Boston University Opera Institute), The Elixir of Love (Harvard), and Carmen (Opera Southwest). Todd lives in Seminole, Florida with his wife Charlotte and their children Jonas, Corinna and May.


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