Olympia Family Theater engages audiences of all ages in performances and programs that entertain and educate

OFT’s first show- October 2006- at the Midnight Sun- “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland”

Olympia Family Theater is a State and Federally registered 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to bringing quality theater experiences to our all ages audiences. By the end of the 2017-18 season, we will have produced over 55 shows in our main stage season, including 5 world premieres, as well as a wide variety of educational experiences for all ages. We offer sliding scale tuition and/or scholarships to all of our educational offerings. We partner with area non-profits to give complimentary tickets to groups serving youth, adults with developmental disabilities, and families in our area.

OFT Education Mission:

OFT is your community partner in raising imaginative, loving, joyful and confident children. Our educational programs provide opportunities for personal development for young people, teaching creativity and responsibility, encouraging teamwork and personal integrity, and fostering self-esteem and appreciation for the performing arts.

Olympia Family Theater has been serving families in Thurston County and surrounding areas since 2006. We offer quality theatrical productions for young audiences in a variety of settings, as well as educational programs for youth from infancy through high school. From humble beginnings, OFT has become a thriving non-profit arts organization engaging thousands of children and their families each year.

  • Mainstage Stories – Five plays annually including two musicals and at least one show featuring youth performers
  • Creative Camps and Workshops –performing arts workshops and ongoing classes for youth, culminating in performances, plus more than 35 different week-long school break camps for ages 5-18.
  • Let’s Play– New shows every month- Generally the 1st week of the month we offer a different folk/fairy tale for our youngest patrons
  • On The Move – OFT’s field trip and/or touring performance program. Book one of our “on the move” shows as a special field trip experience for your students here at OFT, or we can bring the show to your school or library.

Our Founders


Olympia Family Theater was founded in 2006 by Jen Ryle and Samantha Chandler.  They both were inspired to create a theater company in Olympia that focused on bringing people of all ages together.  Together along with truck-loads of friends, they grew this tiny theater company up from the ground. Their commitment and passion  made OFT what it is today. We are forever grateful for their vision.

You can find Jen at OFT, in the role of Artistic Director.

Samantha still makes guest appearances as camp staff, and acting & directing Mainstage Stories.


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