From IWU Magazine, Summer 2013 edition
Heather Olt ’96 is ‘hopeful’ for web comedy hit series.
Christina Moore '95 (right) was among the alumni who congratulated Heather Olt '96
(right ) at the premiere of Olt's web series.
Heather Olt ’96, a Los Angeles‑based actress and writer, is the co-creator, co-producer
and star of the upcoming comedic web series 2 Hopeful Spinsters. Described as a mash-up of Thelma & Louise meets Laverne & Shirley, the series will be released online this summer. At a May 1 Hollywood premiere of
the show, Heather (at right, in blue) was joined by celebrities such as comedic actress
Christina Moore ’95 (right).
The project is the creation of Heather and co-producer Dellany Peace. Olt and Peace
describe themselves as single women in their 30s who were quite aware they are beyond
the average marrying age, but who have not yet decided when or if they want to settle
down to marry. They most definitely do not consider themselves “spinsters.” But that
view changed when Heather made a guest appearance as a “hopeful spinster” on the NBC
comedy Up All Night. That role, along with comments from family and friends, gave her and Peace the idea
for their web series, which seeks to redefine what it means to be single in the 21st
2 Hopeful Spinsters
follows the lives of Peace (portraying feisty Southerner and momma’s girl Dellany
Butler) and Heather (playing sarcastic, nurturing, loyal Heather Monaghan). Heather’s
previous acting credits include Scandal, Body of Proof, American Horror Story, The Mentalist, Chuck, Nip/Tuck and Dexter.
“My self-starter attitude began at Wesleyan when I co-produced a night of one-acts
with a fellow School of Theatre Arts student as well as a non-required senior recital,”
says Heather, who majored in music theatre. “Perseverance and a strong work ethic
are skills IWU definitely helped me develop.”