Alan Olejniczak is a San Francisco based playwright and opera librettist. He’s a member of the Micro Galleries International Collective, Associate Artist with FaultLine Theater in San Francisco, and a scriptwriter for Punch Presentations in Hong Kong. Death of Ivan Ilych with music by John Young, will get its world premiere with Thompson Street Opera Company in Chicago this September. Helt Texas, his new play about climate change and contemporary discourse is currently in post- production as an on-line audio drama with Punch Presentations and will be released this spring.
Alan's plays have been produced across the country: Transgress, Dominion, and Present Tense (New Play Exchange). Last September 2019, Alan was chosen as an Artist in Residence for Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park and the first playwright ever selected by the National Parks Arts Foundation. Alan’s other artist residencies include those in Pātan, Nepal; Skagaströnd, Iceland; along with the prestigious The Arctic Circle Residency, sailing the icy waters around The International Territory of Svalbard. Alan is a board member of Opera Parallèle and a member of The Dramatist Guild and Opera America.
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Alan came late to dramatic writing. In past lives, 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 working for sixteen years with elementary and middle-school students with a focus on reading acquisition. He and his husband live between San Francisco and The Sea Ranch.
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