Kyla Olson, M.F.A.
Office: Maedgen Theatre 249
Kyla Olson is an Associate Professor of Practice in the School of Theatre and Dance at Texas Tech University. She currently serves as the Head of Dance and is the faculty advisor for Chi Tau Epsilon, a philanthropic dance student organization. Kyla serves as a choreographer the School of Theatre and Dance's annual musicals. In November 2018, she directed and choreographed the TTU School of Music's production of The Merry Widow. In August 2022, Kyla had the honor of creating choreography for Texas Tech University's Centennial Celebration, Eyes on the Horizon.
Kyla has worked extensively for Lubbock Moonlight Musicals as a choreographer since 2010. She has choreographed over 25 of their productions like White Christmas, The King and I, Fiddler on the Roof, Damn Yankees, Peter Pan, Little Shop of Horrors, Oklahoma!, Grease, and Hairspray. In August 2013, Olson directed and choreographed their production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.
Kyla served as the Executive Director, as well as a choreographer and performer, for Flatlands Dance Theatre from 2010-2018. Her choreography was invited to be presented at the PILOT: Choreographers Take Flight Festival in Dallas and the 254 Dance Festival in Waco, Texas. Ordinary Wars, a FDT production featuring a work by Olson, has been performed on the TTU campus, at local and regional conferences, and toured to Virginia Tech and University of Detroit.
Kyla Olson holds a BFA in Dance from West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas, and an MFA in Dance from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. She has also presented original choreography and taught master classes across the state over the past decade, including teaching and presenting original choreography at the American College Dance Association festival and the National Dance Education Organization Conference. Kyla is also an ABT® Certified Teacher in Pre-Primary-Level 3 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum and has her 200-Hour Yoga Certification.
BFA - West Texas A&M University
MFA - Sam Houston State University
Certificates: American Ballet Theatre Certified Teacher in Pre-Primary through Level 3; 200-Hour Yoga Certification