Oliver Mayer is associate dean of strategic initiatives and an associate professor of dramatic writing with tenure at the USC School of Dramatic Arts. He is the author of more than 30 plays, including his newest Yerma in the Desert, opening this November at the Greenway Court Theatre, and Members Only, the sequel to his ground-breaking play Blade to the Heat, receiving its world premiere at LATC in March 2018. Other plays include Blood Match, inspired by the play Bodas de Sangre by Federico Garcia Lorca, Fortune is a Woman, The Wallowa Project, Dias y Flores, Dark Matters, Conjunto, Young Valiant, Joy of the Desolate, The Sinner from Toledo, Laws of Sympathy and Ragged Time. Mayer has also written the libretto for the opera America Tropical – composed by David Conte, and the book for Blue House with music and lyrics by Perla Batalla and David Batteau. Along with several published play collections, Mayer wrote the children’s books Big Dog On Campus Learns to be a Trojan, and its follow-up Big Dog On Campus Goes to the Library (Figueroa Press). On campus, he has received several university honors including the 2015 Associates Award for Excellence in Teaching, and a Mellon Mentoring Award for mentoring undergraduates. He is also Resident Faculty Master at USC’s Parkside International Residential College.