UCLA Extension

Laurel Ollstein

Esther's Moustache by Laurel OllsteinOllstein new1Instructor Biography:

MFA, award-winning playwright whose play Cheese was published by Original Works Publishing.  Ms. Ollstein’s work has been produced around the country, including Esther’s Moustache, Blackwell’s Corner, Insomniac, and The Dark Ages , among others.  She is a former member of the Actor’s Gang,currently is an artistic associate of Playwrights Arena, and her essays have been published by Freshyarn.com and Tiny Lights: A Journal of Personal Narrative.

Instructor Statement:

Writing can give us a sense of the world one person at a time. What I love about acting and writing is the permission it gives us to explore being in someone else’s shoes. Returning to the playfulness that was so accessible to us as children, can still be (and needs to be), accessed as artists. In my classes I try to create an atmosphere of playful chaos. That, coupled with energetic exploration and huge risk taking (with a comfortable net underneath) should provide the opportunity to write from your heart—later we’ll rewrite from the head. “A play’s like music—ephemeral, elusive, appearing, and disappearing all the time. No one ever left a Rolling Stone concert confused.”  —Sam Shepard

Our Students Say it Best!

“Ms. Ollstein is very engaging and giving with her knowledge. She also had very exciting writing exercises, and shared a lot of insights from her own professional experiences.”  — Writers’ Program Student

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