Oliver Mayer

Associate Professor

Oliver MayerOliver Mayer is the author of over 25 plays, including The Wallowa Project, Dias y Flores, Laws of Sympathy, Conjunto, Joe Louis Blues and Young Valiant. His work has been produced internationally as well as within the U.S. New projects include Members Only, the sequel to his ground-breaking and internationally produced play Blade to the Heat (produced in Spanish as Filo al Fuego). Oliver won an Alfred P. Sloan Initiative Science and Technology award for Dark Matters, an original play about particle physics, which has also been translated into Spanish as Materias Oscuras. His play about the life of Machiavelli entitled Fortune is a Woman was created expressly for the 2012 USC M.F.A. Acting Spring Repertory, playing along with Shakespeare's The Tempest and Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard. His literary archive has been collected by the Stanford University Libraries Special Collections.

The Hurt Business: A Critical Portfolio of the Early Works of Oliver Mayer, Plus is published by Hyperbole Books; Oliver Mayer: Collected Plays is published by NoPassport Press, which has also published his newest collection Dark Matters, and Other Plays. After receiving a Gerbode Grant (given once every four years), he wrote the libretto for the opera America Tropical, composed by David Conte. It has been produced multiple times nationally. He is currently working on the text for an original concerto for piano and choir by composer Jenni Brandon, to receive its world premiere in 2015.

Oliver is Associate Professor with tenure in dramatic writing. At USC he is the winner of a Zumberge Individual Award, a Mellon Mentoring Award for his work with undergraduates, a Visions & Voices grant to produce his opera, and was recently made a fellow at the USC Center for Excellence in Teaching. He is also Resident Faculty Master at the Parkside International Residential College on campus.