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Oliver Mayer

Associate Professor of Dramatic Writing
Associate Dean of Strategic Initiatives
Associate Dean of Faculty

MFA, Columbia University

University of Southern California
McClintock Building and Theatre (MCC) 101C
School of Dramatic Arts
Los Angeles, CA 90089


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Expertise: playwriting, drama in the 21st century, contemporary American theater, Latino/Latinx theater

Oliver Mayer is the author of more than 30 plays, including his newest Members Only — the sequel to his ground-breaking play Blade to the Heat — which receives its world premiere at the Los Angeles Theater Center in October 2018. Other produced plays include Blood Match and Yerma in the Desert, inspired by the plays of Federico Garcia Lorca; Fortune is a Woman, The Wallowa ProjectDias y FloresDark MattersConjuntoYoung ValiantJoy of the DesolateThe Sinner from ToledoLaws of Sympathy and Ragged Time. Mayer and composer Jenni Brandon are currently developing Three Paderewskis with the Adam Mickiewicz Institute in Poland. He also wrote 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 assorted published play collections, Mayer wrote the children’s books Big Dog on Campus Learns to be a Trojan, and its follow-ups Big Dog on Campus Goes to the Library and Big Dog on Campus Goes on Patrol. On campus, he has received several university honors, including the 2015 USC Associates Award for Excellence in Teaching and a Mellon Mentoring Award for mentoring undergraduates. He is also faculty in residence at USC’s Parkside International Residential College.


Mayer, O. (2016). In Memoriam: Lynn Manning – The Gentle Way. Contemporary Theatre Review26(1). Retrieved from

Bertoncelli, T., Mayer, O., & Lynass, M. (2016). Creativity, Learning Techniques and TRIZ. Procedia CIRP39(C), 191–196.

Belski, I., Livotov, P., & Mayer, O. (2016). Eight Fields of MATCEMIB Help Students to Generate More Ideas. Procedia CIRP39(C), 85–90.

Belski, I., Adunka, R., & Mayer, O. (2016). Educating a Creative Engineer: Learning from Engineering Professionals. Procedia CIRP39(C), 79–84.

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