As an actor, director, and theatre-maker, Ola has been working in theatre for the past 30 years, with 20 of those 30 years dedicated to specialising in script development as a dramaturg, facilitator and script editor- running playwriting workshops for all levels of experience, and working with playwrights on a one to one basis.
Ola is a former Artistic Associate of the Royal Court Theatre, (previously described by the New York Times as the most important theatre in Europe because of its work with new playwrights) and was responsible for setting up and running the Royal Court’s famous Young Writers Programme for 10 years. Alongside his current role as the National Theatre Connections Dramaturg, Ola is also an Associate Artist, Dramaturg and Mentor for Theatre Absolute, Eclipse Theatre, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama and Belgrade Theatre. He is also a patron of Script Yorkshire and Graeae Theatre.
"Ola, you proved that true passion is playfully contagious: it spread across the room of the Geneva Press Club like the aroma of freshly baked croissants-au-beurre.
You put on a great show. And showed me what I need to learn, and muster the courage to do, to put on mine. I loved your red shoes."Jo Christiane, Writer