MARIA-CHRISTINA OLIVERAS is an actor, singer, and educator whose career spans theater, film, television and voice-overs. Dedicated to new works, her career is distinguished by her transformational character work in a number of world premieres. Upcoming film/tv projects include NCIS:NOLA and the short film, Matthew.
On Broadway, Maria-Christina originated the role of Gina in Amelie, and also appeared in Machinal and Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson. Off-Broadway credits include the world premieres of Here Lies Love by David Byrne and Fat Boy Slim (The Public; cast album), Pretty Filthy by Bess Wohl and Michael Friedman (The Civilians; cast album), Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (The Public), Romeo and Juliet (The Public), Zorba! (Encores), Taylor Mac’s 24 Hour History of Music (St. Ann’s Warehouse), among numerous others. Selected regional world premieres include Kiss My Aztec!, a new musical by John Leguizamo, Tony Taccone, Ben Velez and David Kamp (Berkeley Rep/La Jolla), Soft Power by Jeanine Tesori and David Henry Hwang (Center Theater Group), and El Huracan by Charise Castro Smith (Yale Rep). Film and television credits include St. Vincent, Manhattan Night, “The Blacklist,” “Madame Secretary,” and “Law & Order: SVU”. She received her B.A. from Yale University, and her M.F.A.in Acting from the National Theatre Conservatory.
A highly esteemed educator, she has taught on faculty at Yale University, Fordham University, Primary Stages, Stella Adler Conservatory, and frequently serves as a guest artist for numerous organizations, including Broadway Workshop, Princeton University and Kenyon College. Maria-Christina currently teaches Acting as Assistant Professor of Theater at Wesleyan University and Visiting Professor of Musical Theater at Yale University.
Maria-Christina is also the founder of (in)spira collective, an Associate Artist and Board Member of The Civilians, and member of the National Alliance of Acting Teachers and The Actors’ Center Workshop Company. She is an alumna of The Lark Playground and New Dramatists’ Composer-Librettist Studio, both dedicated to new works’ development and collaboration. Maria-Christina has also 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 is the recipient of New Dramatists’ Charles Bowden Acting Award and the St. Ursula Award for Distinguished Career Achievement.