Brian Olsen is the co-founder and co-artistic director of Orange Hanky Productions, for which he has directed Kevin Podgorski's original plays F*ck Me B*at Me L*ve Me, Mary Christmas, and Day of the Dad. Other companies he’s directed for include The Gallery Players, Writopia Lab, manhattan theatre source, Love Creek Productions, Gorilla Rep (all New York, NY), The Saxtons River Playhouse (Saxtons River, VT), The Washington Shakespeare Festival (Olympia, WA), The Weathervane Playhouse (Newark, OH), and The National Theater for Arts & Education (national tour).
At The New School for Drama, he has production managed Stage Door, Richard III, The Adding Machine, Branches: The Chekhov Project, Execution of Justice, The Trojan Women, and the New Voices and New Visions full-length festivals.
He assistant directed the world premiere of Sam Shepard's The God of Hell, directed by Lou Jacob and starring Tim Roth and Randy Quaid, as well as a production of Jason Milligan's Lullaby, directed by Louise Lasser. He has a BA in Drama from Stonehill College in Massachusetts, studied at the National Shakespeare Conservatory in New York, and has an MFA in Directing from the New School.