Cell Phone: 360-929-3754
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- Age Range: 18 - 30
- Vocal Range: soprano
- Eyes: green
- Hair: dark blonde
- Height: 5' 4"
Olena is a Seattle based actor, who recently returned to the area after several years in New York, NY and Ashland, OR. Olena is a founding company member of Whidbey Island’s professional regional repertory theater, Island Shakespeare Festival, where she recently closed a run of The Tempest, in the role of Ariel. Olena has a BFA in Performance from Southern Oregon University, and a certificate from Circle in the Square Theater School’s two-year Professional Acting Conservatory program. In 2016, Olena will return to Island Shakespeare Festival as Rosalind in As You Like It (directed by Susannah Rose Woods), Ensemble in Julius Caesar (directed by Corey D. McDaniel), and Eliza, Helen Burns, and Bertha in Jane Eyre (directed by Julie Beckman).
“An actress in the theatre, that’s what I’ve wanted to be my whole life. It isn’t just a career, it’s a feeling. The theatre is something that’s gone on for hundreds and hundreds of years. It’s—I don’t know—It’s part of civilization.” -Terry, Stage Door, Edna Ferber and George S. Kaufman
"My heart has never given my brain the option to do anything else. I am deeply committed to continuing the millennia-old human tradition of storytelling. As theater artists, we find our niche and hone our craft. I am particularly drawn to Shakespeare and classical theater because through these lasting works I find a connection to humanity that withstands time and crosses boundaries. A continued investigation of the characters and circumstances in these works gives me a vehicle with which to hold the mirror up to nature, as it were. Through Shakespeare (and Chekhov and Williams and Odets and Ibsen and Strindberg and many others), I have the creative opportunity to rediscover and redefine, through my own unique lens, the common experience of the human condition. Live theater offers a visceral connection and communion between audience and actor. That experience lives and breathes only for a moment in time, yet can leave a life-long impression. It is necessary in our fast-paced, digital, modern world to continue this ancient tradition of human connection. I am proud to be an actress in the theater." -Olena Hodges
Professions/skills: Voice Talent;Stage Combatant;Singer;Marketing;Graphic Designer;Dramaturg;Actor;Acting Instructor