I’m Oliver. I like to write musicals and sometimes act in things, and I definitely can't wait to be a dad. (In like, 14 years).
My work has been performed or presented at The SoHo Playhouse, The Other Palace Theatre in London, The NY International Fringe Festival, the New York Musical Festival, 54 Below, the Catalina Jazz Club and other venues in New York, and I am presenting an evening of my songs at the Kennedy Center in November 2017. I have developed work in the BMI Advanced Musical Theatre Workshop, the ASCAP Musical Theatre Workshop and the Johnny Mercer Songwriters Project, and I have received instruction from Broadway composers Stephen Schwartz, William Finn and Jeanine Tesori.
I am inspired by the work of Stephen Sondheim, William Finn, Adam Guettel, Esperanza Spalding, Eckhart Tolle and Tich Nhat Hanh. I take joy in banging on pianos, playing peek-a-boo with babies on the subway, talking about my feelings with my therapist, talking about my therapy with my mother, eating ice cream with a little bit of whipped cream on top, practicing aikido and collaborating with the brilliant artists with whom I create.
My work merges the zany with the lyrical, and explores the belief that even though most of us don't know what the fuck we're doing here, we are fundamentally good. Other things that interest me include human psychology and Barbra Streisand.