olli is now available as an acting coach for tv/film/theatre/college auditions
$80 / hour -- firstname.lastname@example.org
located conveniently on the upper west side, via skype, or in a studio of your choosing
cost includes space if you come to the UWS (or if coached via Skype ) // cost of space not included if coached at another location
clients have booked series regular roles on major network pilots, roles large and small on television and in films, plus plays and musicals on/off broadway and regionally
"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”)
“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 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)
Off-Broadway: Bella: An American Tall Tale (Playwrights Horizons), Who’s Your Baghdaddy? Or How I Started The Iraq War (Actors Temple), Saturday Night (York Theatre Company), I Battled Lenny Ross (Ensemble Studio Theatre).
Regional/workshops/readings: Universal Pictures, DreamWorks, O’Neill Theatre Center, Sundance Lab, Dorset Theatre Festival, NAMT, Irish Rep, Oregon Shakespeare Festival and others.
Television: recurring on "Mr. Robot", guest spots on "Z: The Beginning of Everything", “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”, “Odd Mom Out”, "The Blacklist", "Difficult People", “Hindsight”, “Boardwalk Empire” and others.
Film: Freak Show (dir. Trudie Styler), Going In Style (dir. Zach Braff), From Nowhere (SXSW 2016), Nancy, The Funeral Guest, The Lennon Report, Ratter.
B.F.A.: Musical Theatre, University of Michigan