Ray Olderman is an award-winning teacher, writer, and actor. He crossed class lines to move from pin boy to professor, from street kid to professional writer. His published work varies from the pioneering, award-winning Beyond the Waste Land to The Ten-Minute Guide to Business Communications. As a teacher he was voted one of the ten-best professors at the Madison Campus of the University of Wisconsin, and was asked to teach an advanced class of professors in Hyderabad, India. As an actor he played everything from King Lear to a lamp. His work life was sometimes rocky. Along the way he stormed out or was tossed out of several jobs, a few careers, and a variety of American organizational icons like: elementary school crossing guards, the Boy Scouts, a baseball team, and a theater group. Nonetheless he considers himself a lucky guy, successfully married to the woman he loves since 1963.
Ray got to play some really challenging comic roles…like Bottom in Midsummer’s Night Dream…and some classic dramatic roles…like King Lear. Although he can’t sing, he danced his way into good reviews in Guys and Dolls as Nathan Detroit and in Oklahoma, as the Persian Peddler. His acting career started in the second grade when he was selected as master of ceremonies for the school annual assembly. People kept telling him he’s funny. But he never figured out why.