• Profile:

    The element of generative play infuses Oliver’s pedagogical approach. It is a form of intelligence that is infectious, motivating, and unifying. Many students of acting are naturally drawn to the craft because they long for a state of play that they knew when they were much younger, a state in which they could create and make up stories. Play is the essence of theater. It requires an open, generous, and curious mind. Oliver tries to instill a sense of generosity to self and others in his students, to nurture independent learners who understand the craft of acting not only as a profession but also as a door to discovering more of themselves and the world around them.

    His great passions in theater are the creative potential of the ensemble mind, and connecting to the power and simplicity of the magic of theater.

    Degrees Held:

    MFA, Acting, Columbia University, School of the Arts, Theater
    Certified Feldenkrais® Practitioner, Feldenkrais Institute New York, director: David Zemach-Bersin
    Certified Synapsing Teacher, Synapsing Teacher Training, London & Berlin, director: Nila Aalia
    BA with honors, Wesleyan University, CT

    Professional Affiliations:

    SAG-AFTRA One Union
    Actors Equity (AEA)
    Feldenkrais Guild of North America (FGNA)
    Managing Partner & Facilitator at Green meets Blue LLC

    Performances And Appearances:


    A Different Sun, Feature Film, directed by Reed Tang
    Too Cold To Swim, Feature Film, directed by D.W. Young
    Blacklist, NBC; "Tom Keen" directed by Andrew McCarthy
    Person of Interest, CBS; "Pretenders" directed by Stephen Surjik
    Amadeus by Peter Schaffer, directed by Cornel Gabara, Peristyle Theatre, Toledo Museum of Art
    The Happy House, Feature Film, A First Run Features Release, (ITunes, Amazon), directed by D.W.Young
    The Thespian Returns, Short Film, Official entry to the Los Angeles DWF Festival, directed by D.W.Young
    Nocturne by Adam Rapp, directed by Juan Carlos Souki, Luna Stage, NJ
    Pericles by Shakespeare, directed Andrei Serban, American Repertory Theatre (ART)
    Benvenuto Cellini by Berlioz, conducted by James Levine, directed by Andrei Serban; Metropolitan Opera, Lincoln Center; Member of the Extra Ballet
    Peer Gynt by Ibsen, directed by Andrei Serban, Theater at the Riverside Church, NY
    Founding Member of Turtle Back Theater Collective; Actor in its Off Off Broadway productions of Woyzeck by Büchner, Rashomon based on Akutagawa's short stories, Mosca by Fabio Rubiano, and The Pelican by Strindberg, all directed by Javier H Gutierrez


    The Maids by Jean Genet; La MaMa Theatre
    No Exit by Jean-Paul Sartre; Horace Mann Theater, Columbia University

    Producing & Writing:

    Too Cold To Swim, Feature Film, (2016 release), directed by D.W. Young; Executive Producer; 2016
    The Happy House, Feature Film, directed by D.W.Young, A First Run Features Release; Executive Producer; 2013
    Not Interested, Short, directed by D.W.Young; Official Entry to the SXSW Film Festival; Associate Producer; 2010
    The Thespian Returns, Short, directed by D.W.Young; Official entry to the Los Angeles DWF Festival; Producer & Co-Writer; 2009

    Research Interests:

    How to optimize collaboration in training and performance
    Time and the creative process Brain research and creativity
    The Potent Self; Feldenkrais and Acting
    Listening communication and the new media

    Awards And Honors:

    - Protégé Actor of the Lynne Thigpen/Bobo Lewis Foundation
    - Annette Kade Fellowship, for bringing Synapsing® performance workshops to the US
    - Robert Wilson, Watermill Center, International Summer Program; Oedipus Project
    - Blankenagel prize for excellence in German studies, Wesleyan University; for honors thesis Puppets and Idealists: The Comic in Büchner’s Tragic Plays