Visiting Assistant Professor of Playwriting (part time)
Lizzie Olesker's plays have been developed and presented in NYC at The Public Theater, New Georges at Here, the Cherry Lane Theater, Dance Theater Workshop, and the Intiman Theater & ACT in Seattle, among others. She has collaborated with several experimental theater companies, including the Talking Band, Otrabanda Company, and Paradise Opera. She has received fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Dramatists Guild and the Cherry Lane Mentor Project (mentored by playwright Tony Kushner). Ms. Olesker received her MFA from New York University, where she also currently teaches playwriting.
MFA, Playwriting, New York University, Tisch School of the Arts: 1998 Dramatic Writing Program (Tuition Scholarship, Graduate Assistant)
BA, Theater, Antioch College, Yellow Springs, Ohio: 1979
2001- Adjunct Professor, Playwriting-New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, the Dramatic Writing Program.
The Public Theater: New Play Commission (adapting Euripides' "Alcestis")
Additional Teaching Experience
2000-01 CUNY/Staten Island College Adjunct Professor, Acting
1998-99 Teachers & Writers Collaborative Teaching Artist, Playwriting NYC Public Schools
1994-97 NYU/Tisch School of the Arts Internship Coordinator- Dramatic Writing Program Developed and implemented 3 credit course for students to intern in professional film, TV and theater. Advised, placed, and evaluated undergraduate & graduate students.
1985-94 Arts Connection- Teaching Artist- Drama, NYC Public Schools Movement & Playwriting Workshops.
Women's Heath Education Project Led Writing Workshops in Battered Women's Shelters.
1987-89 The Talking Band - Taught Theater Workshops while on tour in Moscow & Santiago, Chile and in U.S. prisons and colleges.
1983-86 Bronx Council on the Arts- Taught Drama in Senior Centers.
Association for The Help of Retarded Children- Taught Creative Movement in Adult Homes.
Sidewalks Theater- Taught Theater Workshops for homeless families in hotel residencies and in Community Centers.
Selected Productions: Playwright
2002 RUBY'S SHOE, presented by Wayward Women, Manhattan Theater Source, NYC.
1999 DREAMING THROUGH HISTORY, directed by Eileen Phelan,presented by Sightlines Theater Company, 78th St. Theater Lab, NYC.
RAZING HOUSES, directed by Lisa Portes, presented by The Cherry Lane Theater Mentor Project (mentored by Tony Kushner),NYC.
1997 BABY TALKS, directed by Maria Mileaf, presented by New Georges Theater at Here, Joe's Pub/The Public Theater, NYC.
1995 DEEP SOUTH, presented in Annual Festival of New Works, New York University.
MOE RISING, The Directors Company and presented in Annual 10-Minute Play Festival, New York University (finalist Actors Theatre of Louisville National 10-Minute Play Contest).
1992 BOARDINGHOUSE (writer & director), presented by Franklin Furnace at Judson Church; BACA Downtown New Works Project; Nada Performance Space. (Awarded 1992 NY Foundation for the Arts Playwriting Fellowship).
1988 COLD STEAL, VALENTINOS, & TROUBLES OF THERESE,text for choreographer Barbara Allen at Dance Theater Workshop,Danspace Project, and European tour.
1989 HOUSEWORK, a solo piece (writer & performer) presented by Women Writing Poetry Series with Nuyorican Poets Café (1986-89), co-conceived and taught educational program in NYC Public Schools through Arts Connection, applied for and received grants for affiliated artists' projects from NYSCA and other public funding sources, initiated collaborative theatrical projects, furthered community support and audience development.
2001 ALCESTIS at the Public Theater.
1998 RAZING HOUSES awarded a staged reading at Seattle Women's Playwrights Festival, A Contemporary Theater (Seattle, Wa.) along with a residency at Hedgebrook Women Writers Retreat.
1996 DREAMING THROUGH HISTORY at the Public Theater's New Voices Series, Lincoln Center Library New Play Series, Intiman Theater Emerging Writers Series.
Selected Awards, Fellowships, and Grants
2000-01 Dramatists Guild Fellowship for Emerging Playwrights
1998-99 The Cherry Lane Alternative Mentor Project Fellowship (mentor Tony Kushner)
1998 NYU Dramatic Writing Program Graduate Playwriting Award
1997 The Goldberg Award for Playwriting
1992 NY Foundation for the Arts Playwrights Fellowship
1990 Franklin Furnace Performance Art Fund
1993 The Field Emerging Artist Challenge Fund
1987-90 New York State Council on the Arts
1986-87 Manhattan Community Arts Fund