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Maria-Christina Oliveras

Assistant Professor of Theater


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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 and Toshi Reagon. 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 most recently originated the role of Tolima in the world premiere of Kiss My Aztec, a new musical by Tony-Award winner, 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, serves on the Board of The Civilians with whom she is also an Associate Artist, is a 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.

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Fall 2020
THEA 245 - 01
Acting I

THEA 285 - 01
Acting II