Maria-Christina Oliveras is a stage, television and film actor, singer, and voice-over artist. She has performed extensively on Broadway, off-Broadway, and regionally, and is known for her transformational character work in a number of world premieres. Recent credits include: Zorba! at City Center Encores, starring John Turturro, directed by Walter Bobbie and the critically acclaimed world premiere of Pretty Filthy, directed by Steve Cosson, book by Bess Wohl and lyrics by Michael Friedman. She was previously seen in Here Lies Love, by David Byrne and Fat Boy Slim, directed by Alex Timbers, a project she helped develop since its inception. Her “tire-slashing, wonderful and irresistible” rendition of “Men Will Do Anything” can be heard on the original cast recording, available on iTunes and Nonesuch Records.
Broadway: Machinal (Roundabout, directed by Lyndsey Turner); Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (Bernard Jacobs Theater, directed by Alex Timbers). Off-Broadway: And Miles To Go (PCP-directed by Hal Brooks); After (PCP-directed by Stephen Brackett); Here Lies Love and Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (Public Theater-directed by Alex Timbers); Reading Under the Influence (DR2-directed by Wendy Goldberg,) Night Sky (directed by Daniella Topol); The Really Big Once (Target Margin-directed by David Herskovits), Slavey (Clubbed Thumb-directed by Robert O’Hara); among others. Regional: Sundance, Williamstown Theater Festival, Huntington Theater, Baltimore CenterStage, Long Wharf, Denver Center; Colorado Shakespeare Festival; Westport Country Playhouse; Hangar Theater, among others. Film/TV: Manhattan Nocturne, Clutter, ICE, The Humbling, St. Vincent, Time Out of Mind; “Law and Order: SVU and CI“; “Golden Boy“; Nurse Jackie,” “Ugly Betty,” “Law and Order: CI,” “Damages,” “Person of Interest.”
Maria-Christina is dedicated to developing new plays and musicals. She has done countless readings and workshops with the Sundance Institute, Atlantic Theater, the Working Theatre, Playwrights’ Horizon, Clubbed Thumb, the Lark, New Dramatists, INTAR, Manhattan Theatre Club, Lincoln Center Directors’ Lab, The Public Theatre, Playwrights’ Realm, Ars Nova, hotInk, Page 73, Ma-Yi, PRTT, NYTW, EST, Urban Stages, NAMT and Mabou Mines.
Education: B.A. with honors from Yale University; M.F.A. in Acting-NTC; NYSF/Public Theater’s Shakespeare Lab. Member: Actors’ Center Workshop Company and Partial Comfort Productions. Recipient of the 2014 Charles Bowden Actor Award from New Dramatists. Acting Faculty: Yale University and Fordham Lincoln Center.