Teacher+ CA at Mel Mack Acting Studio
Olander is the TV/Film Production (formally Theatre Production), Master Teaching Artist for LEAP (Learning through an Expanded Arts Program) at the Teller Avenue Educational Campus in South Bronx -#TellerStrong. He has been teaching or co-teaching 2nd grade-high school for 7+ years and is thrilled to bring his high energy, environment-friendly and in-depth knowledge to Mel Mack Acting Studio.
Olander is a graduate of the University of South Carolina Theatre BFA program. He is passionate about youth success and youth development as he’s an advocate for a student-led environment.
His 2018-2019 Triple-A production class recently booked and wrapped an episode on the new Fox Family Entertainment digital channel.
His 2017-2018 Theatre Production class was 1 of the final 13 performance-based classes out of 500+ NYC schools, chosen to participate in the annual DYCD (Department of Youth and Community Development) Performance Festival. In addition, his Theatre Production class produced a documentary (A Walk in Our Shoes) that exhibits the significance of their afterschool program and day to day living in the South Bronx. A Walk in Our Shoes was screened for the current New York City Schools Chancellor.
He has appeared on shows and commercials for both Discovery ID, NYC Youth Development, ADT Home Security and more. Olander has been training at Mel Mack Acting Studios for over 3 years. Check out his hilarious but informative YouTube cooking show, “Big O’s Cooking 101”.