Olga Rogers was a prominent director in Valley theater beginning in the 1930s and continuing into the 1960s. She also was one of the city’s best-known acting teachers.
Olga founded the Junior Players at Phoenix Little Theatre in January, 1935. The program provided opportunities for high school and junior college students. She was also active in The Children’s Theatre, which operated out of PLT.
An accomplished pianist, she accompanied many local music groups. She was one of a group of local personalities who gave book reviews at Phoenix College as part of its famous series of literary events.
Her best known production in her early PLT days was Stepping Sisters, a hit for the company during the 1938-39 season. Twenty years later, she had two other PLT hits, King of Hearts and The Matchmaker. In 1967, she stole the show as the medium in Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit.