Olt '96 Creates Comedy Web Series About Being Single
Heather Olt (left) and Christina Moore, actresses and alumnae of Illinois Wesleyan
University, attend the Hollywood premiere of Olt's Web series "2 Hopeful Spinsters."
May 8, 2013
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – Illinois Wesleyan University alumna Heather Olt ’96, a Los Angeles-based actress and writer, is the co-creator, co-producer and star
of an upcoming comedic Web series “2 Hopeful Spinsters.”
Described as a mash-up of “Thelma & Louise” meets “Laverne & Shirley,” the project
is the creation of Olt 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.”
That view, however, changed when Olt 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 Olt and Peace the idea for their Web series, which seeks to redefine what it
means to be single in the 21st century. “2 Hopeful Spinsters” follows the lives of
Peace (portraying feisty Southerner and momma’s girl Dellany Butler) and Olt (playing
sarcastic, nurturing, loyal Heather Monaghan).
“2 Hopeful Spinsters” will be released online this summer. The cast includes Michael
Madsen (“Reservoir Dogs,” “Kill Bill: Vol.1”), Todd Sherry (“Suburgatory,” “Parks
and Recreation,” “Just Go With It”), and Jim Turner (“Arli$$,” “Castle,” “Grey’s Anatomy”).
Actress Christina Moore ’95 (“True Blood”) and several other Wesleyan alumni attended
the series’ premiere earlier this month in Hollywood. Funding for the project came
from Kickstarter.com, which provides tools to raise funds for creative projects via
crowd funding through its website.
Olt received a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a major in music theatre from Illinois Wesleyan.
Her acting credits include “Scandal,” “Body of Proof,” “Up All Night,” “American Horror
Story,” “The Mentalist,” “Chuck,” “Nip/Tuck,” “Dexter,” “Eagleheart” and the award-winning
short “Groom’s Cake.”
“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,”
said Olt. “Perseverance and a strong work ethic are skills IWU definitely helped me
Contact: Kim Hill, (309) 556-3960