Alan Olejniczak is a San Francisco based playwright and opera librettist. Alan is the Playwright in Residence with Proscenium, an online theatre company based in Hong Kong. The Proscenium will launch August 20th with his play Next of Kin followed by Helt Texas. Alan is a member artist of the Micro Galleries International Collective. Micro Galleries is a socially conscious global arts initiative, social impact project and virtual creative hub that uses art as a vehicle to generate small injections of positive change into your life, others lives, and the world.
Death of Ivan Ilych with music by John Young, will get its world premiere with Thompson Street Opera Company in Chicago, September 2021. Alan currently has five other chamber operas in development. Alan's plays have been produced across the country: Transgress, Dominion, and Present Tense. Alan is collaborating on his first sci-fi graphic novel called Amor Fati with graphic artist Beau Bateman. He is also a board member of Opera Parallèle and a member of Opera America and The Dramatist Guild.
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 those in Pātan, Nepal; 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.
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