Michael made his theatrical debut in 1993 writing, producing and directing Cannibals of the Heart. He helped produce Australia’s inaugural short play festival, Squibfest, in 1995. Since 2000 he has written over 50 one-act plays. Such pieces as The Last Dance of the Plum Sisters, Double Tap, Cleanskin, I hate ABBA, Son of the Revolution and The People of the Paparazzi have won awards and continue to be produced by theatre companies locally and around the world.
His most famous play, Two Women & a Chair, has gone on to become a theatrical best seller, winning awards across Australia, New Zealand and the UK. In addition to winning the Trans Tasman Trophy, it was produced by Not Now Theatre as part of the 2004 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. 2001 and 2003 saw the Bakehouse Theatre in Adelaide produce his monologues A Retiring Lady and Room Service for their Festival of One. (2001 also saw Jobsite Theatre produce his short play, Casa Diablo, in Tampa, Florida.)In 2002 Footsteps in the River won first prize at the prestigious Noosa Arts Theatre One-Act Play Festival.
Michael continues to live, work and write in Melbourne’s north eastern suburbs.
He can be contacted via his website at: www.michaelolsen.com.au
Below is a slide show look at Michael’s writing space.