OCCUPATION: Actor, director, writer.
BORN, RAISED & GREW UP IN: Warwick.
RIGHT NOW I’M IN THE MIDDLE OF: Directing “Dial M for Murder,” on stage now at the Granite Theatre.
I ENJOY SPENDING MY TIME: Reading, hanging out at coffee shops.
MY PROUDEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: Earning an M.F.A. in acting.
I’D LIKE TO BE REMEMBERED FOR: My sense of humor.
TOP ON MY BUCKET LIST: Going back to London.
ALWAYS IN MY POCKET: Keys, wallet, phone.
WHAT I WANTED TO BE WHEN I GREW UP: An actor.
PERSON WHO HAS INFLUENCED ME THE MOST: Peter Wright. He was my acting teacher at Roger Williams College.
FAVORITE AUTHOR: J.D. Salinger.
ON MY NIGHT STAND: “Collusion,” by Luke Harding, “Evicted,” by Matthew Desmond, and a copy of The New Yorker magazine.
I AM LISTENING TO: Peter Gabriel.
FAVORITE MOVIES: “Birdie” (1984), “American Beauty,” “Shakespeare in Love,” and “Lincoln.”
FAVORITE TV SHOW: “NCIS.”
FAVORITE SONGS: “Bad,” by U2, “Warehouse,” by Dave Mathews
FAVORITE COMFORT FOOD: Buffalo wings and pizza.
SOCIAL NETWORKING SITES I USE MOSTLY: Facebook for my sins.
TRAIT I MOST ADMIRE: Honesty.
PET PEEVE: Tardiness.
FAVORITE QUOTATION: “Stammering is the native eloquence of us fog people.”
MY FAVORITE THING ABOUT OUR LITTLE CORNER OF THE WORLD: The Granite Theatre.
CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT: Theater.
LITTLE KNOWN FACT ABOUT ME: I’m an awesome body surfer.
BEST ADVICE I EVER RECEIVED: Was from my dad, Arthur “Zeke” Olsen, in regards to leaving my youth behind: “Just keep your head down and keep your pencil moving.”
ADVICE I BEST LIKE TO GIVE: “Do it, now.”
IF I RULED THE WORLD I WOULD: Provide.
IF I WON THE LOTTERY, THE FIRST THING I WOULD DO IS: Run away to Mexico with my girls friend, Anna Convery.
I DRIVE A: Blue 2013 Toyota Corolla.
I WISH I DROVE A: Jeep Wrangler.
ALWAYS IN MY FRIDGE:Feta cheese and olives.
IF I COULD HOST A DINNER PARTY WITH A GROUP OF PEOPLE FROM THE PAST, PRESENT OR FUTURE, I WOULD INVITE: Constantin Stanislavsky, August Steinberg, Carl Jung, Jane Meyer, Julia Louis Dreyfuss.
— Interview arranged and edited by Nancy Burns-Fusaro