Who Is This Guy?
Oliver is a NYC-based musical theatre writer, actor and creator of production music, hailed as a “talented composer” by The New York Times.
Oliver's first full-length musical, Held Momentarily (Book, Music & Lyrics) played a twice-extended run at the 2015 New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF), and 2014 NY Fringe Festival and Off-Broadway Fringe "Encore" Series. Tony-winning composer Bill Finn included Oliver's work in his "Ridiculously Talented" showcase at Barrington Stage Company and 54 Below, and Tony-winning composer Jeanine Tesori selected Oliver to participate in her 2017 Front & Center composer master class. Oliver's short musical, Preschool (co-written with James Zebooker), was a finalist at the Festival of New American Musicals' 2013 ShowSearch competition in LA. His musical adaptation of Anton Chekhov's The Seagull premiered at the On The Verge Theatre Festival in Glasgow, Scotland. Oliver is developing new work in the Musical Theatre Factory's Writers Group and the BMI Advanced Musical Theatre Workshop.
Acting credits include Cal in Held Momentarily, Melchior in Spring Awakening (Virginia Rep, RTCC Nomination), "What Would You Do?" (ABC, featured on upworthy.com), "Phowned" (Spike TV), "Life on the Line" (Oxygen, starring Ally Sheedy), and the lead in the Ben Folds Five music video, "Sky High."
Oliver is a graduate of the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts, where he was awarded the Franklin Keller award in recognition of talent. He studied improvisational theater at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater and graduated from the Macaulay Honors Program at Hunter College in 2015.
When he was a little boy, Oliver sang in the NYC Opera Children's Chorus and at his parents' dinner parties. His signature act was an uncanny embodiment of Gwen Verdon singing "Whatever Lola Wants" from Damn Yankees.
Oliver draws inspiration from Stephen Sondheim, Rogers & Hammerstein, William Finn, Adam Guettel, Billy Joel, Esperanza Spalding, Tim Minchin, Francis Poulenc and Carl Rogers. He weeps every time he watches his favorite movie, Cinema Paradiso, and thinks the final stanza of "Ol' Man River" might be the most profound thing he's ever heard.
Oliver runs on thai food and is happiest when touching a piano. He is a member of ASCAP, MTF, and the Bond St. Dojo, where he haphazardly practices Aikido.