Maria-Christina Oliveras is a first generation Filipina and Puerto Rican classically trained actor, singer, educator and activist from the Bronx, NY. 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, Toshi Reagon and Heather Christian.
Dedicated to new works and underrepresented stories, her career is distinguished by a number of world premieres including Here Lies Love by David Byrne and Fat Boy Slim, directed by Alex Timbers, Amelie by Craig Lucas, Daniel Messe and Nathan Tysen, directed by Pam McKinnon, Soft Power by David Henry Hwang and Jeanine Tesori, directed by Leigh Silverman, El Huracan by Charise Castro Smith, directed by Laurie Woolery, and most recently, Kiss My Aztec, a new musical by John Leguizamo and Tony Taccone, music and lyrics by David Kamp and Benjamin Velez. Television appearances include "The Blacklist" and "Madame Secretary."
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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, Matthew, "Nurse Jackie", "Law & Order: SVU", The Blacklist”; “Madame Secretary”;"NCIS: NOLA" 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. She is currently the Assistant Professor of Theater at Wesleyan University and will serve as a Visiting Professor at Yale University.
Maria-Christina is a founding member of Partial Comfort Productions, Associate Artist and Board Member of The Civilians, 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.