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Oliver MayerOliver Mayer is the author of over 30 plays, including The Dragon Tree -- upcoming at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts. Other plays include Members Only (the sequel to his groundbreaking Blade to the Heat), Yerma in the Desert and Blood Match (both inspired by the plays by Federico Garcia Lorca), The Sinner of Toledo (adapted from a short story by Chekhov), Fortune is a Woman, The Wallowa Project, Dias y Flores, Dark Matters, Conjunto, Young Valiant, Joy of the Desolate, Laws of Sympathy, Joe Louis Blues and Ragged Time. As an opera librettist, his 3 Paderewskis (composed by Jenni Brandon and winner of the 2019 American Prize) received its world premiere at The Kennedy Center, and has been performed internationally in Poznan, Poland. Other opera and sung pieces include America Tropical with composer David Conte, as well as a new opera with Jenni Brandon entitled L'Amour Fou. He is also a published poet, children's book author and essayist. Mayer is full professor with tenure, as well as Associate Dean of Faculty and Associate Dean of Strategic Initiatives at USC's School of Dramatic Arts. He is the winner of several awards including the USC Associates Award for Excellence in Teaching and a Mellon Award for Mentoring.

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50 Playwrights ProjectRead Oliver's Interview on 50playwrights.org

What Matters To Me And Why: Oliver Mayer


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Big Dog on Campus Goes To The LibraryTHE BIG DOG IS BACK ON CAMPUS ... AND GOING TO THE LIBRARY

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Big Dog on CampusASSOCIATES AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING

Associate Professor Oliver Mayer has been awarded The Associates Award for Excellence in Teaching, the highest honor the University Faculty bestows on its members for outstanding teaching.

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OLIVER MAYER: USC - DESIGN YOUR LIFE

All About Oliver

Oliver Mayer

Oliver Mayer was born in Hollywood, California and grew up in Studio City. As a teenager, before discovering writing, he was a boxer. He is a graduate of Cornell and Columbia Universities, and attended Worcester College, Oxford. For eight formative years, Oliver was on the artistic staff of the Mark Taper Forum, where he and Oskar Eustis created The Mentor Playwrights Project, and where he worked on The New Works Festival, bringing life to such plays as Angels in America, The Waiting Room, The Kentucky Cycle, and his own Blade to the Heat. Since leaving the Taper, he has written full-time and has taught writing at UC Riverside, Art Center College of Design, and (since 2003) the University of Southern California. He is married to actress Marlene Forte.

ACADEMIC POSITIONS
  • Associate Dean of Faculty
  • Associate Dean of Strategic Initiatives
  • Professor, USC School of Dramatic Arts

Theater

//Produced Works

Member's OnlyMEMBERS ONLY

Yerma in the DesertYERMA IN THE DESERT


BLOOD MATCH

Fortune is a WomanFORTUNE IS A WOMAN

Dark Matters London FlyerDARK MATTERS

  • Read an excerpt from DARK MATTERSDark Matters Excerpt
  • LAByrinth Intensive, NYC, July 2012
  • Staged Reading, October 17, 2011. The Rosemary Branch Theater.
  • Winner of the Alfred P Sloan Initiative Award for Plays about Science

Wallowa Palm Springs FlyerWALLOWA: THE VANISHING OF MAUDE LERAY

  • Son of Semele Ensemble, April 2011

Blade to the HeatFILO AL FUEGO (BLADE TO THE HEAT)

 

The Wiggle RoomTHE WIGGLE ROOM

Dias y FloresDIAS y FLORES

Rocio! In Spite of It AllROCIO! IN SPITE OF IT ALL

  • The King King Nightclub - World Premiere, Hollywood, CA (2006)

JOY OF THE DESOLATE

Ragged TimeRAGGED TIME

  • The Black Dahlia - World Premiere (2002)
  • The Royal Court Theatre London - (Developed)

JOE LOUIS BLUES

  • Los Angeles Theater Center - World Premiere, Los Angeles (1992)
  • Thick Description - (Revised Version), San Francisco, CA (2000)
  • Tiffany Theatres, Los Angeles, CA (2001)

ConjuntoCONJUNTO

  • Teatro Vision - World Premiere, San Jose, CA (2003)
  • Borderlands Theatre - (Revised Version), Tucson, AZ (2006)
  • Playwrights Arena, Los Angeles, CA (2006)

Young ValiantYOUNG VALIANT

  • INTAR - World Premiere, NY (2002)
  • Casa 0101, Los Angeles, CA (2005)

Laws of SympathyTHE LAWS OF SYMPATHY

  • Playwrights Arena - World Premiere, Los Angeles, CA (2009)

//Works in Development

BOLD AS LOVE
THE RIGHTING MOMENT
THE CERVANTES INTERLUDES

//Short Plays

BANANAS AND PEACHFUZZ
OKI DOG
THE CHESS MACHINE

Books

//Published Works

Big Dog on Campus Goes to the LibraryBIG DOG ON CAMPUS GOES TO THE LIBRARY

Big Dog on CampusBIG DOG ON CAMPUS

 

Galleries

//Members Only

//Yerma In The Desert

//Three Paderewskis

//Blue House

//Gog

//Blood Match

//Big Dog On Campus

//Personal Photos

//Oliver in Teaching Mode

//Book Covers

//Dias y Flores - Miami Dade College Production

//Fortune is a Woman Production Stills

//Blade to the Heat Production Stills

//Fortune is a Woman Rehearsal Stills

//Wallowa Project Palm Springs Workshop Stills

//Filo Al Fuego (Blade to the Heat) at the Prometeo Theate in Miami

//America Tropical

//The Wiggle Room

//Past Events

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