alan simon is the president of on location education


Alan Simon created, and has been at the helm of, On Location Education (OLE) for over 30 years. Simon was educated at Brooklyn College and began his career as a per diem substitute teacher and performer. This experience paved the way for starting On Location  Education and building it into a nationwide organization. Since then, OLE has provided teachers for all media, including television, film, theatre, the recording industry, and circuses. Simon is considered a knowledgeable source on the educational needs of young performers and has written and conducted many seminars on the subject. He is co-author of “CallBack: The Young Performer’s Guide: How to Break Into Show Business”, a valuable resource for young performers and their parents. In addition, he is co-chairperson of the SAG-AFTRA Performer’s Committee, New York Branch, and a member of the Young Performer’s Committee of the Actors’ Equity Association. Simon organizes seminars for both unions that bring together recognized authorities from all sectors of the entertainment industry to instruct families about the realities of show business. Simon is also an active member of The Broadway League (formerly The League of American Theaters and Producers). In this capacity he has played an integral part in the development of the League’s Broadway Speakers Bureau, which brings professionals to college and university students to offer a behind-the-scenes look at other theatre related occupations.

Alan Simon also performs his own one-man cabaret show in New York City and vicinity.

karin farrell is the vice president of on location education

KARIN FARRELL, Vice President

Karin graduated from Augustana College with a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education and Performance. She began her career with On Location Education in 1996 as a teacher of children on national theatrical tours. Karin has also performed as an actress and musician on theatrical tours, and in film and television. This combined experience has given her a broad knowledge of the needs of production companies and of child performers. She has been a member of OLE’s management team since 1999.



jodi green is the director of on location education

JODI GREEN, Director

Jodi received a Bachelor of Science in Education from Seton Hall University and a Master of Arts in Theatre from Montclair State University. She began her career with On Location Education in 1988 as a tutor for children on Broadway, theatrical tours, movies, and television shows. She found an ideal way to combine her background in education and theatre management by joining On Location Education’s management team in 1997.



anna smith is the director of child work permit services

ANNA Y. SMITH, Director of Employment and Permitting Services

A graduate of the Institute of Applied Arts in the former Soviet Union (M.A. Design), Anna moved to the U.S. in 1991. Since then, she has held several management positions in the fashion retail industry. In 2003, she joined the On Location Education management team, taking charge of coordinating and developing the company’s growing child permit services department.



Marian Smith OLE Associate Director

MARIAN SMITH, Associate Director 

Prior to beginning her teaching career, Marian worked as a legal secretary in entertainment law in Los Angeles.  The events of September 11th inspired her to pursue teaching, and she taught English, Reading Recovery, Creative Writing and Theatre for ten years at Washington Prep High School in Los Angeles, and Fordham Leadership Academy and the Heritage School in New York.  Throughout her teaching career, she served in various leadership capacities, including as a department chair and principal’s cabinet member.  Originally a Los Angeles Teaching Fellow in 2002, Marian was happy to work as an Observer for the New York City Teaching Fellows in 2014.  With OLE, Marian taught on the National Tour of Billy Elliot, and also taught for productions at Signature Theatre, Second Stage, and the Roundabout.  She taught on the set of Trainwreck and several other film and TV projects.  Marian received her BFA in Dramatic Writing at New York University, and she quietly fosters an aspiration in playwriting to this day.