Texas Tech University

Kyla Olson, M.F.A.

Associate Director of Students | Associate Professor of Practice | Head of Dance
Theatre & Dance

Email: kyla.olson@ttu.edu

Phone: 806-742-3409

Office: Maedgen Theatre 249

Website: kylaolsondance.com

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 the Associate Director for Students. Kyla proudly serves as a choreographer the School of Theatre & Dance's annual musicals. She directed and choreographed the TTU School of Theatre & Dance's 2023 production of Sweet Charity (receiving the KCACTF Meritorious Achievement for Excellence in Directing and Choreography), and TTU School of Music's 2018 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 has been invited for presentation in Dallas, Waco, at local and regional conferences, and toured to Virginia Tech and University of Detroit. 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 conference and the National Dance Education Organization conference.

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 is also an ABT® Certified Teacher in Pre-Primary-Level 3 of the ABT® National Training Curriculum and has her 200-Hour Yoga Certification. She is currently working towards her certification in Stott Pilates. For more information, visit her website (kylaolsondance.com) or social media (@kylaolsondance).

Kyla Olson

Degrees Held:

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