About Me

John Olive headshotI am a widely-produced and award-winning playwright. Plays include Minnesota Moon, Standing On My Knees, The Voice Of The Prairie, God Fire, Singapore, Evelyn & The Polka King, Killers, and many others. Producing theaters include Manhattan Theatre Club, Old Globe, Steppenwolf, ACT/Seattle, South Coast, the Guthrie, Wisdom Bridge, Oregon Shakespeare, and many others.  I have won fellowships from the Bush and McKnight Foundations, from the National Endowment For The Arts. My A Summer Moon won  a Kennedy Center Award For Drama.

Lately I have written extensively in the area of Theater For Young Audiences: Seattle Childrens, the Arden, Peoples Light, First Stage Milwaukee, Oregon Childrens, many others. Plays include Sideways Stories From Wayside School, Pharaoh Serket And The Lost Stone Of Fire, Jason & The Golden Fleece, The Magic Bicycle, etc. Presently I am working on an adaptation of Lauren Baratz-Logsted’s The Sisters Eight.

I’ve written fiction  (Deep River, Smartass, An Actor Prepares), screenplays (Amblin’, ShadowCatcher, Disney) theater reviews (www.HowWasTheShow.com), as well as Tell Me A Story In The Dark.

I am husband to Mary, father to Michael.