MEET THE PRODUCER
- LOUISE OLIVER -
Louise relocated from her native Scotland to New York City to pursue her dream of being a living, breathing, cliché – an actor. Louise holds a Masters Degree in Theater Studies from the University of Glasgow and is also a recent graduate of the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts (NYCDA).
An experienced theatre actor, Louise has played a diverse number of roles including Helena inA Midsummer Night’s Dream, Thea Elvsted in Hedda Gabler and Angela in Abigail’s Party. She is a self-trained jazz singer, has written four plays that were well received in Scotland and is also, rather randomly, a stand-up comedian.
Louise has always been determined to be close to the industry she loves – even during her day job – so in addition to being a performer she has also amassed 10 years experience in arts management. She has carved out a respected position in the UK arts scene through a number of roles.
For six years she was the co-Artistic Director and founder of a small, award-winning, theatre company – Rhymes with Purple Productions. Based in Glasgow, the company primarily focused on creating new plays and producing alternative art events, most notably the Glasgow branch of Dr Sketchy’s Anti-Art School.
Louise created the post of Participant Development Coordinator for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society. Her role focused on the creative and professional development of the artists that participate in the Edinburgh Fringe. She also managed the services provided to promoters, presenters, directors, agents and programmers attending the festival to scout for new talent. She facilitated relevant connections between presenters and artists and offered development advice on fundraising, networking, developing creative practice and touring strategy, with particular focus on international touring. Louise also designed the program of professional development events that take place at Fringe Central. These were delivered alongside a diverse range of high profile partners including the National Theatre, Cirque du Soleil, the British Council, Playwright’s Studio Scotland and the BBC.
For four years Louise was the project manager of the Scottish Government’s Made in Scotland initiative, a program of funding and development awarded to the best of Scotland’s theatre and dance artists to assist them with touring their work internationally.
Louise is thrilled to be a Blockhead and is looking forward to performing and producing work in New York with such a talented and inspiring group of young talent.
For more information about Louise and her achievements visit www.mslouiseoliver.com