Alan Olejniczak is a San Francisco based playwright and librettist. He is the Playwright in Residence with The Proscenium, an online theatre company based in Hong Kong. Their first season includes his plays: Next of Kin, Helt Texas and his adaption of A Christmas Carol with David Ricardo-Pearce. In February, his first opera, Death of Ivan Ilych with music by John Young, will get its world premiere partnership with Opera Orlando and Thompson Street Opera Company in Chicago next September. Alan currently has five other chamber operas in development.
Last October, 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: Micro Galleries in Pātan, Nepal; Nes Residency in Skagaströnd, Iceland; along with the prestigious The Arctic Circle Residency, sailing the icy waters around The International Territory of Svalbard.
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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, California.
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