Biography

Alan Olejniczak is a San Francisco playwright and opera librettist. Alan is on the board of Theatre Bay Area Board, Chair of the Individual Service Committee,  and a member of the Dramatist Guild. Last April, At Last Theatre produced Dominion at Fort Mason Center, Five Honorable Mention Plays in 2016 and Present Tense at The A.C.T. Costume Shop in 2015 Last year, Alan participated in The San Francisco Olympians Festival VI with Lethe, which was later re-worked for a March salon by The Artists at Albatross Reach in The Sea Ranch, California. His one-act play Transgress was presented in April at the 36th Annual William Inge Festival in Independence, Kansas and The Bechdel Group in New York City this September. In October, Alan will once again be collaborating with Rik Lopes on an immersive theatre piece for the O+ Festival in Kingston, New York.

Alan is currently working with two composers, Daniel Brown on their opera on the life of the French mathematician, Évariste Galois and with John Young on the opera adaption of Tolstoy's "The Death of Ivan Ilyich." Alan has written for Portico Studios in San Rafael, a next level interactive storytelling experiences in virtual reality. He is also collaborating with Christopher Turner on PROGRESS blending fine art narrative photography with social and environmental activism.

Alan has come late to dramatic writing. In a past life, he was a wine professional for twelve years, started his career at the City Grill in Atlanta and ending as the Sommelier of the Dining Room of the Ritz Carton - Buckhead, a Mobil Five-Star, AAA Five Diamond restaurant. He then went on to become a Special Educator for sixteen years, working with elementary and middle-school students with a focus on reading acquisition. Alan and his husband, David divide their time between San Francisco and The Sea Ranch.


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