Dan Olson, born in the farmland of Wisconsin, began his professional stage career in Orlando, FL, following his graduation from Huntington University. His first acting roles were in "Antigone" and “Present Laughter” at Madcow Theatre. Over the next several years, he continued working on the stage with such companies as Secret Theatre, Theatre Downtown and Phoenix Entertainment, with whom he traveled the world as Lurch in the international tour of The Addams Family.
He took two years away to perform at Universal Studios Japan and volunteer teaching English in an elementary school in Tenpozan district in Osaka, Japan, meeting Martin Freeman at a competing play one prefecture over. He subsequently relocated to New York City and performed on stage in “The Wild Party,” the original musical “Someone to Belong To,” immersive theatre hits “Speakeasy Dollhouse: Bloody Beginnings” and “Speakeasy Dollhouse: The Brothers Booth” in the historic Players Club and in the FringeNYC sold-out production of “Jericho.”
Olson has worked in theatre, television, film, podcasts, commercials and immersive cinema. His breakthrough on the small screen came in 2014 when he portrayed Sergei Korolev in the television series American Genius: Space Race (2014). He has since gone on to co-stars in NBC’s The Blacklist, USA’s Mr. Robot and Mazama Productions’ forthcoming short film, Mortuary.
With his partner, Caitlin Winkenbach, he co-founded Rampage VR Inc., a forward-thinking narrative virtual reality company. Drawing from his experiences onstage and onscreen, he’s broken ground in what will surely become the next great leap in entertainment, immersive storytelling, experienced in the comfort of one’s home.
Mr. Robot - Season Three, Episode Nine - USA
The Blacklist - Season Four, Episode Seven - NBC
Gold Man - Commercial - Connecticut
Braman - Promotional - Lifetime Network
Jericho - FringeNYC - Play
American Genius: Space Race - National Geographic
Charlie - Short Film
Speakeasy Dollhouse: Booth - Immersive Theatre
Speakeasy Dollhouse: Beginnings - Immersive Theatre
Death and the Maiden - Short Film
Mulligan - Pilot
Someone To Belong To - Musical
The Wolf of Wall Street - Film
Mad as Hell - Short Film
Dan is a born mimic and capable of replicating very nearly any accent, including ones with no perceived benefit to have learned.
He has a personal history of audio recording, video production and writing, and he's produced multiple web series in two different countries.
He studied acting styles under David Shamburger, Kristi Brannon, Jeffrey Moore and Mike Peng while at Huntington University.
He's studied improv under Steve Soroka at The People's Improv Theatre (The PIT) in New York City.
While living in New York, he's studied film audition technique with Steve Vincent, Harley Kaplan, and Adrienne Stern, commercial audition technique with Barry Shapiro and Steven Stancato, and television audition technique with C.J. Molidor, Mia Cusumano, Joanna Davis, and Sabrina Hyman.
A longtime resident of Wisconsin, he also works locally across the Midwest in northern Illinois, eastern Iowa, northeastern Indiana, and southern Michigan.
His first love will always be the stage, but film, television and immersive cinema have opened his eyes to a world of influence and possibilities that can only be found onscreen.