Phil Olson 

Playwright, Producer

 

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Phil grew up in Edina, Minnesota, home of the first indoor mall.

His fatherís grandparents came over from Norway and homesteaded

a farm north of Grand Forks, North Dakota. His motherís grandparents also

came over from Norway and ended up in Virginia, Minnesota; the iron range.

 

Phil played varsity football, basketball and track at Edina East High School,

winning the Minnesota State High School Track Meet in the discus.

Phil was recently inducted into the Edina Athletic Hall of Fame.

After high school, he went on to Dartmouth College where he majored in mathematics,

was All Ivy, All New England and All East in Track, and an All-Ivy tight end

on the Ivy League Championship Football team. Some of his Dartmouth teammates

included Jeff Immelt, CEO of General Electric, Buddy Teevens, Head Football Coach at Dartmouth,

Dave Shula, ex-Head Coach for the Cincinnati Bengals, Nick Lowery,

All-Pro place kicker for the Kansas City Chiefs, and Jeff Kemp, quarterback for the Rams

and the San Francisco 49ers.

 

After graduating from Dartmouth, Phil tried out for the Chicago Bears.

After his "summer with the Bears," he went on to receive an MBA from

The University of Chicago and pursued a business career while writing stage and screenplays.

 

Phil currently lives in Los Angeles where he writes and produces plays.

He has written 15 published plays that have had over 350 productions around the

world. Nine of his plays are published by Samuel French including,

Mom's Gift, Don't Hug Me, A Don't Hug Me Christmas Carol, A Don't Hug Me County Fair,

Don't Hug Me I'm Pregnant, Don't Hug Me, We're Married, Polyester The Musical,

A Nice Family Gathering, and A Nice Family Christmas.

Phil has written seven award-winning plays set in small towns in Minnesota. As a script doctor,

heís re-written three movies that have been produced, as well as thirteen original screenplays.

He's also sold two screenplays. Phil went thru all four levels of The Groundlings,

writing and performing with many talented people including Maya Rudolph.