Interview with Osa Olsson
By Justine N. and Liliana D.
We chose to interview Osa Olsson because she is a good role model. She grew up in Sweden and moved to the United States. She now works at Girls Inc. in Carpinteria, and runs a theater group for girls that are fifth grade and under.
Osa is also involved with the Seaside Theater. A new theater has been built, and a live theater is produced continually for and with members of the community. She is committed to offering all aspects of performing arts to youth in our community.
Osa is a wonderful person to be around and has a good sense of humor. I am glad she is my teacher and friend.
What is your name?
Osa Helena Marie Olsson
Were you named after anyone?
She was named after her grandma
Where were you born?
When did you arrive here?
She arrived in the U.S. in 1970
What were your parents' names?
Rosalie and Esbjorn Olsson
Where did you grow up as a child?
Stockholm and Orebro, Sweden
What do you remember about your house?
It smelled like turpentine because her mother was an artist
What do you remember about your childhood?
She had free roam, a never-ending fantasy and the sun would stay up all night in the summer
What is your background?
Theater is her background
What is the background of your grandparents?
Her father and grandfather were industrialists. Her grandfather built an empire and her mother was a famous painter. Her other grandfather was a policeman. Her grandmothers were homemakers.
What do you do for a living?
She runs the theater group and directs the cultural arts at Girls'Inc. She is also a board member for the Seaside Theater
What did you do to become a local leader?
She took theater arts in college at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in Sweden. She went from actress to director.
What teacher has influenced you the most?
Every teacher that she had has impacted her life and the way she makes choices
What do you like to do in your spare time?
Read and dig holes
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