Julie Olsen

Teacher - Drama

Education

MAT, Seattle Pacific University (K-12 Theatre Arts, 9-12 Language Arts); MFA, University of Washington School of Drama (Professional Actor Training Program); Bachelor of Music (Voice Performance), Oberlin College Conservatory of Music; BA, English, Oberlin College.  5th Avenue Theatre Internship:  Scenic Painting.

I have been part of the ASB faculty since 2015, I have been with Assumption Parish since 2011 as Children’s Choir Director and Youth Minister.

Why I became an educator

I became an educator because of my own teachers.  My wonderful teachers unlocked the mystery of “How?” for me.  By teaching me skills that allowed me to flourish as an artist, my teachers taught me that real talent is the desire to grow, learn, and communicate as an artist.  I love sharing real life arts skills with my students so they can grow in confidence and flourish as performers.

By its nature, theatre teaches students the importance of community and interdependence.  In addition, theatre gives students a vital springboard for inhabiting ideas, lives, and perspectives different from their own.  Because theatre allows students to examine their own beliefs, morals, and values by examining the larger human story, I believe theatre plays a unique and crucial role in the spiritual and academic life of our Catholic school community.

Why I love working at ASB

I love working at ASB because the school and parish communities are so warm and inviting.  The kind, caring, and generous students and the dedicated, hard-working faculty and staff make this a wonderful place to be!  The school’s commitment to learning and service is evident everyday in everyone.

Favorite Quote

“Theatre allows us to converse with our souls, to passionately pursue and discover ways of living with ourselves and with others. We have no better way to work together, to learn about each other, to heal and to grow.”    (Rohd)

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