The Authors

PHIL OLSON (Book & Lyrics)

Phil has written 14 published plays, eight are published by Samuel French including, Don’t Hug Me, A Don’t Hug Me Christmas Carol, A Don’t Hug Me County Fair, Don’t Hug Me I’m Pregnant, Don’t Hug Me, We’re Married, Mom’s Gift, A Nice Family Gathering and Polyester The Musical. Phil’s plays and musicals have won over 20 playwriting awards.

Phil’s plays have had over 300 productions around the U.S., Canada, and Australia. Phil has sold 2 screenplays. As a script doctor, he has re-written 3 screenplays that were produced. He also wrote for a television series that aired in Europe and another that aired on E! Television.

Phil grew up in Edina, Minnesota, where he was recently inducted into the Edina Athletic Hall of Fame. Phil graduated from Dartmouth College with a degree in mathematics where he was an All-Ivy discus thrower on the track team, and an All-Ivy tight end on the Ivy League Championship Football Team. After trying out for The Chicago Bears, he received an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business.

PAUL OLSON, M.D. (Music) Brother to Phil. Norwegian on both sides, the Olson brothers grew up in Edina where they played football, basketball and track in high school. Paul (a.k.a. Bear) also performed in concert, stage, jazz and marching bands at Edina East High School and Southern Methodist University. Paul graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical School and is now Chief of Nephrology at the Allina Medical Clinics in Shakopee. Among his many board designations, Paul serves as the Chairman of the National Kidney Foundation, Minnesota affiliate.