Olivia is a theatre director, improviser, educator, and coach, and is currently working on her PhD in community engagement at Point Park University, where her research is on the role of improvisation as a pedagogy for civic engagement.
Her work at Performance of a Lifetime began in 2015 when she conducted the research for her master’s thesis on the measurement and evaluation component of one of POAL’s major client programs. She loves having the opportunity to provide client engagement and special project support at POAL in between reading, writing, and presenting at conferences about how theatre and improv engages human development. It’s a perfect fit!
Over the past decade, Olivia has designed and facilitated dozens of workshops and classes, such as presentation training with the LGBTQ+ Center at Pace University; conflict resolution training for resident assistants at NYU; improv and writing comedic prose with MFA students at Sarah Lawrence College; role-playing and scenario work with undergraduate students and academic advisors at the University of Pittsburgh; and training students and staff facilitators in Interactive Peer Theatre at St. John’s University. Prior to relocating to Pittsburgh, Olivia served as the co-founder and artistic director of BIG Theatre Company in New York City, a creative collaboration lab for the ongoing development of original work and the artists who make it.
In addition to all of that, Olivia is a certified practitioner of human-centered design, an adjunct professor at Point Park University, and she is trained as a Theatre of the Oppressed joker to facilitate community-based forum plays. Olivia holds an MA from New York University, a BA from St. John’s University, and a certificate in design leadership for business from Parsons School of Design. Speaking of design, she named her Pomeranian-poodle puppy Kerning, because she likes to snuggle up close (look it up!).