Willis George Olsen

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OLSEN Theatre and Dance Company (OLSENtdc) is a brand new arts amateur dramatics organisation, founded in 2020 and located in Bristol. We are an independent company who offer unique Theatre and Dance classes for both secondary school years and adults. OLSENtdc aims to bring Theatre and Dance together to create a modern style of performing, teaching students the real art of both Theatre and Dance and working as a ensemble to create our work.

ABOUT OLSEN THEATRE AND DANCE COMPANY

OLSEN Theatre and Dance Company (OLSENtdc) is a brand new arts amateur dramatics organisation, founded in 2020 and located in Bristol. We are an independent company who offer unique Theatre and Dance classes for both secondary school years and adults. OLSENtdc aims to bring Theatre and Dance together to create a modern style of performing, teaching students the real art of both Theatre and Dance and working as a ensemble to create our work. 

As part of the classes, we will explore the modern understanding of Theatre and Dance by using Multi-Media and Online resources. This learning, along with rehearsals, will work collaboratively towards our first company production which is due to take place in December 2020.

As OLSENtdc, our aim is to provide a creative, fun space to allow our students to gain further knowledge on all aspects of Theatre and Dance. The company will have an annual production every July for all students to partake in and a smaller showcase which will take place in December. We are very excited about this amazing new company that is launching this year in Bristol.

 

ABOUT ME

Willis trained as an actor, director and writer at Plymouth University and South Wales University, graduating in 2016 with a high level degree. 

As a child growing up in Chesham, Buckinghamshire. Willis attended his first amateur dramatics school, formally known as Georgina’s School of Dance and Drama (now Emily’s School of Dancewhere he performed in annual productions over a ten year period; Romeo and JulietCinderella and Aladdin to name a few. He also co-directed his final production with the school, Step Back in Time.  Willis also performed in a New Penny Theatre Company production of Gypsy at the Wycombe Swan Theatre and A Wind in the Willows by Wycombe Swan Youth Theatre. Willis also got involved with the performing arts department at his school, formally known as Chesham Park Community College (now Chiltern Hills Academy)He performed in several school productions including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Peter Pan along with directing a modern adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic, A Christmas Carol. During this time, Willis also directed and wrote a number of short plays for the years seven to nine during his time sixth form such as; ChangesGirls at their Worst and When September Ends.

Over the years, Willis has written several theatre production scripts for amateur dramatics company’s including; Ditto, a youth friendly adaptation of the 1990’s film Ghost. The Witches of Oz, an untold story of the forgotten witches of OZ and Scrooge, a unique adaptation of the Charles Dickens classic. In more recent years, Willis has written more adult accommodating theatre productions such as; More Wine, a lifetime comedy based around the dinner table and Clifton Springs, a play set in a fictional Bristol based Asylum. Willis also wrote and directed a short film tilted, Only Human. 

Through training to be a theatre practitioner, Willis learnt from practice within the theatre and studio along with using the work of fellow practitioner methods before him, this include methods from; Konstantin Stanislavski, Steala Adler, Pina Bausch, Matthew Bourne and Bertolt Brecht. With launching OLSENtdc, Willis hopes to use techniques learnt over the years from this training and use them within the classes to ensure students are continuing to learn new skills and ways of working. Willis believe in teaching and directing students as an ensemble, working together to create a unique style of working whilst rehearsing for a production. 

The theatre and dance world is changing and Willis wants to lead OLSENtdc to be part of this change by creating performances combining the art forms in a unique way that people attending the company will learn the important theatrical attributes of working in a company and producing theatrical productions.