About Maya Oliver

Maya Oliver, the daughter of two local actors and writers, was born and raised in northeast Washington, DC, and graduated from Guilford College with a BS in Physics and a minor in Dance. A lifelong dancer, she continues to stay involved in local arts, studying and doing technical theatre at Dance Place and production assistance with Sanctuary Theatre. Over the years she's also studied with Washington Improv Theatre, Studio Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre, and other area arts organizations. Maya recently returned from a year in Germany and is pursuing a career in arts administration.

Theatre Review: ‘The Island of Dr. Moreau’ at Synetic Theater

L-R Paata Tsikurishvili as Dr. Moreau and Alex Mills as Parker. Photo by Johnny Shyrock.

Let us ponder the line between beast and human. Is there one? Or alternatively, between genius and sociopathy? Synetic Theater’s The Island of Dr. Moreau begs the discussion. Directed by (and starring) Paata Tsikurishvili, this modern adaptation of H.G. Wells’s nineteenth science fiction novel is as disturbing today as it was to its original readers. […]

Theatre Review: ‘Freud’s Last Session’ at Theater J

L-R Rick Foucheux as Sigmund Freud and Todd Scofield as C.S. Lewis. Photo by Stan Barouh.

As most of us wonder aimlessly in search of significance amidst an increasingly godless world, there is consolation in seeing this endless internal wondering articulated. And with nothing less than unrelenting tenacity and droll wit, I might add.  Freud’s Last Session, written as a play by Mark St. Germain and now being performed at Theater […]

Theatre Review: ‘Spring Awakening’ at University of Maryland

Photo courtesy of University of Maryland.

And once again, we witness the ever-tragic consequences that happen in a society of repressed sexuality.  Only this time, the controversial themes being brought to light on the contemporary stage have been more than a century within public reach.  Based on German Frank Wedekind’s radically precocious Frülings Erwachen, translating to Spring Awakening (written in 1891), […]

Dance Review: Aspen Santa Fe Ballet at Wolf Trap


The road for professional dance has never been well paved.  As the 21st century rolls out, dancers and choreographers are constantly searching new ways to combine classical ballet and contemporary dance while still appealing to present day dance aficionados.  Not surprisingly so, this sweet spot of intersection is difficult to find.  Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, however, […]

Fringe Review: ‘Double Freakquency’

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AVAdventure Production introduced interactive audio theater with “Double Freakquency” at the Fringe. If you’re the kind of person who finds themself falling asleep during your average theater production, listen up. This must be one of the few opportunities where you’ll not only be asked to, but encouraged to multi-task, play with digital devices, and listen […]

Fringe Review: ‘Dark House’ at the Redrum

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If you are familiar with William Faulkner’s Absalom, Absalom! you know that it is a dark and twisted tale of a southern 19th century family, laden with themes of sexism, racism, and incest.  Tarpley Long’s Dark House employs Faulkner’s brilliant characters, relationships and motifs, throws them into the 20th century, setting them in a Logan Circle mansion, in the heart of […]

Fringe Review: King Player’s ‘Mme Macbeth’ at Redrum

Kat Gadway as Mme Macbeth.

So, what do we all remember about Macbeth? From what I can recall, and granted, this is after a period of estrangement from the work dating back to middle school, the plot centers around a Scottish lord who decides to kill the king so that HE can become king, then he goes crazy with guilt, […]

Fringe Review: ‘Big River (and Other Wayfaring Ballets)’ Dance at Gala

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MOVEiUS Contemporary Ballet’s debut of Big River (And other Wayfaring Ballets) graces the DC Fringe Festival this year with graceful movements, noteworthy ballet technique, and one key illumination; that is, that stretch jeans, Johnny Cash, and toe shoes most certainly CAN be combined.  And that the result will be, at least moderately, entertaining. Opening night’s […]

Dance Review: ‘Cardinal Points’ by Rebollar Dance at Atlas Intersections Festival

Photo courtesy of Rebollar Dance.

“Resulting in both juncture and separation,” the dance performance Cardinal Points explored intersections of multiple minds and bodies.  And it was fittingly so, as the production from Rebollar Dance was performed as a part of the Atlas Intersections Festival that is dedicated to innovation and connectivity within the arts. Founded in 2003 by Madrid native […]

Dance Review: UpRooted Dance’s ‘Heartstrings and Shoestrings’ at Montgomery College’s Cultural Arts Center

‘Heartstrings & Shoestrings,’ performed at Montgomery College’s Cultural Arts Center. Photo courtesy of Uprooted Dance.

Heartstrings & Shoestrings, presented by Montgomery College’s Communication and Performing Arts Department and UpRooted Dance, touches on topics that may capture your heart, or leave it trampled. Despite its valiant effort, however, these “stories of love and woe” fell slightly short of woo. Let me begin with the good: The performance had a clear theme […]

Dance Review: Norway’s Carte Blanche as part of Nordic Cool 2013 at the Kennedy Center

Corps de Walk. Photo by  Erik Berg.

We all know the kind of synchronicity that tingles; the undeniable mixture of elation and dread at the sounds of troops marching in step or voices chanting in unison.  Corps de Walk, the latest from Norway’s contemporary dance company Carte Blanche, induces this sensation in its purest form. Despite its French name, Carte Blanche performed […]

Dance Review: Iceland Dance Company as part of Nordic Cool 2013 at the Kennedy Center

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Chilling moments, dark spaces, plus “cool” costumes may yield incandescence.  Such was certainly the case on the eve of the Iceland Dance Company’s debut at the Kennedy Center this past Wednesday. …leaves the audience captivated. IDC performed as a part of “Nordic Cool,” a festival in celebration of the arts and cultures of the Nordic region, on-going at The Kennedy Center through March 17.  Having gained recognition across the world as […]

Dance Review: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater at the Kennedy Center

AAADT in Alvin Ailey's  Revelations. Photo by Paul Kolnik.

To anyone in the 20th century with exposure to the world of modern dance, the words Alvin Ailey most likely have significant meaning.  I myself remember being sat down as a college freshman to watch and analyze a 1975 recording of Ailey’s famous Revelations.  Thus, taking my seat in the Opera House of the Kennedy […]

Theater Review: ‘Avenue Q’ at Dominion Stage

Some of the cast of Avenue Q.  Photo by Jarret Baker

Republicans, Catholics, Civil Rights Activists, and Optimists BEWARE: Avenue Q has come to town, viewers may be greatly offended. The actors were marvelous, the musical numbers well harmonized, and the set was well crafted. Offensive material aside, this satirical puppet musical has no doubt gathered a following of die-hard fans. The cast of Dominion Stage […]