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olli is now available as an acting coach for tv/film/theatre/college auditions

he also has a full studio for audition tapes

clients have booked series regular roles on tv, leading roles on and off-Broadway, plus major films

$80 / hour – located conveniently on the upper west side, via facetime, or in a studio of your choice


“Coach with Olli, you will book. Nuff said. He has changed my career this year. Through the self tapes we made and sent to LA, my television resume went from nothing to guest stars, to pilots, to series. He has this way of seeing what makes you unique and pulling it the fuck out. He’s my go to. I don’t audition without him now. Even if I think I got it, he’s my check in and inevitably we find some delicious nugget that improves it. I wish I could keep him all to myself but this butterfly is too special to hog.”
Sarah Stiles (Tony nominee for Hand To God, series regular on the CBS pilot “Superior Donuts”)

“I used to hate putting myself on tape. It never came out the way I wanted and felt like a waste of time. Working with Olli has completely changed that. Not only does your tape end up looking beautiful but his coaching suggestions are always elevating and surprising. He turned a dreaded chore into something I actually look forward to!”
Laura Benanti (Tony winner for Gypsy, series regular on “The Detour”)

“Olli Haaskivi never told me I was doing anything wrong, but gently nudged me to be faster, funnier and to take bigger risks with my auditions. He has a great ear for the rhythm of scenes and a sensitive understanding of character. He always made me feel on top of the world after working with him and that alone was a gift to bring into the room. Most incredibly, he discovered a part he thought I would be right for, my agent submitted me and I booked it. BAM, or as I like to say: HAASKIVI.”
Maria Dizzia (“Orange is the New Black”, “Horace and Pete”, “Louie”, Christine, Going in Style)

“Olli creates a safe and perfect environment for growth! He challenges you in a thoughtful and nourishing way and knows when you need a push of confidence or criticism. He is gifted and passionate about the art form and inspires you! A giver through and through.”
Taylor Louderman (Tony nominee for Mean Girls on Broadway, plus Kinky Boots and Bring It On and “The Good Fight” on CBS All Access)

“Olli is the man. He has taught me how to audition, how to understand each room, prepare in the most efficient way, and have fun. He has the best instincts, and gives me the confidence to take big risks. Olli gets how weird auditioning is, and will guarantee you slay.”
Noah Gaynor (forthcoming film Luce opposite Octavia Spencer, plus “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” and “Law and Order: S.V.U.”)

“Word by word, beat by beat, Olli takes every instinct I have and molds them into specific, strong choices. His sensitivity to the craft is outstanding. The callbacks and bookings we have experienced together are beyond anything I’ve encountered previously. I could not believe in Olli’s talent more.”
Cooper Grodin (The Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, Shakespeare in the Park’s Into The Woods)

“Olli has fantastic taste and a casting director’s eye. His suggestions cater to my strengths and help me find what I can uniquely bring to each role. I’ve never met someone so invested in the success of others and generous with his time. If you want to bring joy back into your auditioning process, I highly recommend working with Olli. His passion for acting is truly contagious”
Blythe Auffarth (forthcoming roles in The Repairman and “Outcast”)

“Olli gets you to work specifically, helping you craft a performance that can only come from you. He knows what’s good, what’s crazy to do, and what’s too crazy not to do. After coaching with Olli, you’re confident enough in your work to walk into any audition room feeling relaxed and ready for anything.”
A.J. Shively (Broadway’s Bright Star, La Cage Aux Folles, and the forthcoming films From Nowhere and Nobody Walks In LA)

“Olli is an intuitive coach who can immediately sense how you can bring your own essence to a role while honoring the text. He has a great understanding of how the business works and every time I work with him, I always feel supported, guided, and prepared. Olli actually helped me put myself on tape for a role in a feature film, Hear My Song starring Dustin Hoffman, which I booked!”
Janine DiVita (currently starring on the If/Then tour, recently on Broadway in Anything Goes)

“You want to work with Olli! Olli truly loves the process and helping others succeed. And his notes just make sense. His approach is both practical and inspired – always grounded in the text, but also motivated by your own unique take on it. You will feel relaxed and confident with the material and, well, with yourself. Plus you’ll have fun!”
Larisa Oleynik (forthcoming guest lead on “Law and Order: S.V.U.”, recurring on “Mad Men” and “Pretty Little Liars”)

“Very simply, Olli Haaskivi is a fantastic teacher. His years of experience and innate sense for what works have been a guiding light for me throughout my time auditioning for drama schools and professional jobs since graduating. He’s good. He’s really good.”
Logan Georges (series regular on Kathryn Bigelow’s HBO pilot, graduate of Guildhall’s acting program)


As an actor, Olli’s recent credits include Bella: An American Tall Tale (Playwrights Horizons + original cast recording), The Rafa Play (Flea Theatre), Baghdaddy (Actors Temple), Saturday Night (York Theatre Company), recurring roles on “The Sinner” and “Mr. Robot”, guest appearances on “Elementary”, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”, “The Blacklist”, “Odd Mom Out”, “Z: The Beginning of Everything” and “Difficult People”, plus the films Nancy (Sundance 2018), Freak Show (Berlin 2017), Who We Are Now (Toronto 2017) and the forthcoming Dish and Motherless Brooklyn directed by Edward Norton. Olli received his B.F.A. in Musical Theatre from the University of Michigan.