Wesleyan portrait of Maria-Christina  Oliveras

Maria-Christina Oliveras

Assistant Professor of Theater


BA Yale University
MFA National Theatre Conservatory

Maria-Christina Oliveras



Maria-Christina Oliveras is an award-winning actor, singer, educator and producer. She has performed extensively on and off Broadway, regionally, internationally, and in film and television, and has served as a singer for such esteemed artists as Taylor Mac, Toshi Reagon and Heather Christian. Dedicated to new works and underrepresented stories that reflect the diversity of our world, her career is distinguished by her transformational character work in a number of world premieres. She is currently working on the world premiere of Kiss My Aztec, a new musical by John Leguizamo and Tony Taccone, music and lyrics by David Kamp and Benjamin Velez. Recent television appearances include The Blacklist and Madame Secretary.

Broadway: Amelie (cast album); Machinal; Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. Off-Broadway: Here Lies Love (Public; cast album); Pretty Filthy (Civilians; cast album); Taylor Mac’s 24 Decade…(St. Ann’s Warehouse); And Miles to Go (PCP); Reading Under the Influence (DR2); Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (Public); Romeo and Juliet (Public); Zorba! (Encores!); Night Sky (BPAC). Regional: CTG, Yale Rep, Berkeley Rep, Williamstown, Long Wharf, Huntington, Baltimore Centerstage, Sundance, O’Neill, among numerous others. Selected Film/TV: Manhattan Night, St. Vincent, "Nurse Jackie", "Law & Order: SVU", The Blacklist”; “Madame Secretary.” Education: B.A. with honors—Yale University; M.F.A.—National Theatre Conservatory.

As an educator, she has served on faculty at Fordham University Lincoln-Center, Yale University, Primary Stages, Stella Adler Conservatory, among numerous others, and frequently serves as a guest speaker at universities throughout the country.

Maria-Christina is a founding member of Partial Comfort Productions, Associate Artist of The Civilians, member of National Alliance of Acting Teachers and The Actors’ Center Workshop Company, and is an alumna of The Lark Playground and New Dramatists’ Composer-Librettist Studio, both dedicated to new works’ development and collaboration. She has served as a panelist and reader for various fellowships and programs including Sundance Institute, the Lark Play Development Center, New Dramatists, and Back to the Future/History Matters. She also serves on the Artistic Advisory Board of Live in Color and is the recipient of New Dramatists’ Charles Bowden Acting Award and the St. Ursula Award for Distinguished Career Achievement.

LINKS to Interviews/Features:

Broadway World Interview: KISS MY AZTEC!

TheaterMania:Inside the Childhood Imagination of “Amelie’s: Maria-Christina Oliveras .

Broadway World Interview: Maria-Christina Oliveras Talks “We’re Gonna Die”, Her Unlikely Career Path and the Subversiveness of Presence

The Civilians’ Feature on Performing “Romeo and Juliet” in Prisons for the Public Theater Shakespeare Mobile Unit:

Feature on “Soft Power," a new musical by David Henry Hwang and Jeanine Tesori and Its Relevance

Interview on Working with Latinx Women Focused Play, “El Huracan” at Yale Rep

Culturadar Interview on the Development of “Here Lies Love," a new musical by David Byrne and Fat Boy Slim 

• Interviews on Playing Macbeth in a Three-Woman Version at Hudson Valley Shakespeare:


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Fall 2019
THEA 285 - 01
Acting II

Spring 2020
THEA 245 - 01
Acting I

THEA 385 - 01
The Working Actor