• Theatre

Oliver Wason

Assistant Teaching Professor

Oliver designs lighting for theater, opera, dance, music, and anything in between. Recent theater work includes Peer Gynt and the Norwegian Hapa Band, Among the Dead, House Rules (Ma-Yi); Sagittarius Ponderosa (NAATCO); Million Dollar Quartet, Little Shop of Horrors, Bells Are Ringing, A Little Night Music (Berkshire Theater Festival); peerless (Yale Rep, Barrington Stage, Cherry Lane); Accidental Death of an Anarchist (Berkeley Rep, Yale Rep); Tar Beach (Luna Stage); Wonderland (Atlantic Theater Co).

Oliver frequently works in the opera world, where recent designs include: Butterfly, Carmen, Lucia di Lammermoor, Dido and Aeneas, Kafka Fragments, Daphnis and Chloe (Heartbeat Opera); Empty the House (Curtis Opera); Erismena (Yale Baroque Opera); Agrippina (Juilliard Opera). Oliver was recently the associate designer for A Doll’s House, Part 2 on Broadway, and designed the Chinese Premiere of Stones in His Pockets at the Shanghai Dramatic Arts Center.

Oliver has a BA from Hunter College and an MFA from Yale.

More info at oliverwason.com.

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  • MFA, Yale School of Drama

Courses Taught

  • THTR 2370. Lighting Design
  • THTR 1270. Intro to Design

Professional Affiliations

• Member, USA 829 (Design Union)

• Associate Artist, Heartbeat Opera


Research Interests

  • Theater creation and collaboration.
  • Theater design