Who is this guy?
I’m Oliver. I like to act and write musicals.
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 Dramatists Guild Fellows Program, 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, and I find solace in the teachings of Eckhart Tolle and Thich 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 and collaborating with the brilliant artists with whom I create.
My work strives to be authentic, funny and poignant, and explores the belief that even though we often become lost in our fears we are fundamentally good. Other things that interest me include human psychology and Barbra Streisand.
I am a proud member of ASCAP, The Dramatists Guild, the Musical Theatre Factory and the Bond St. Dojo, where I haphazardly practice aikido.