Richard Oliver                       Master Teacher & Choreographer
                                                             SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS

  •Director of Richard Oliver & Dance co. for 25 years.
  •Taught extensively, both privately and at the University level, as faculty and guest artist teaching all levels of dance          technique repertory, choreography and theatre production.
  •Recipient of two N.E.A. choreography fellowships in 1973 and 1975.
  •Active in the dance community and member of the Los Angeles Area Dance Alliance.
  •Featured dancer in Musical Theatre and Summer Stock.
  •Highly creative and organized professional, dedicated to and passionate about all the arts.   
  •Self-motivated, secure leader able to inspire and earn respect of colleagues.

                                                       TECHNICAL AND ARTISTIC TRAINING

                         Merce Cunningham, New York                                 Stanley Holden, Los Angeles
                         Bella Lewitzky, Los Angeles                                     Carmelita Maracci, Los Angeles
                         Gene Marinaccio, Los Angeles                                 Gloria Newman, Los Angeles
                         Natalia Clare, Ballet la Jeunesse, Los Angeles           Patricia Denise, Los Angeles
                         American School of Dance, L.A. (Eugene Loring, Director), Scholarship Recipient

                                                                     ARTISTIC EXPERIENCE

  •Extensive work in dance, choreography, costume design, musical accompaniment, and stage craft.
  •Training and Performance Experience: ballet, modern dance, improvisation, tap, ballroom, yoga, and dance history.
  •Commercial Theatre: including U.C.L.A Opera Company, Lincoln Center, LA Civic Light Opera, Summer Stock (Music               Circus in Sacramento, CA and Wharf Theatre in Monterey, CA)
  •Concert Dance: including founding member of the Gloria Newman Dance Theatre, Choreographers dance Co. at Loyola               Marymount College, Richard Oliver & Dance Co.., Rachel Rosenthal’s Instant Theatre (improvisation)
  •Theatre Choreography: including “Lysistrata” with the Palisades Players, “L’Histoire Du Soldat” with the Palos Verdes               Arts Association, and “Carnival” with the San Fernando Valley State College
  •Original Commissioned Work: Humboldt State College (residency) – “Galuppiana”; Cal State Dominguez Hills – “Short              and Sweet”; at East Los Angeles College – “Eddie’s Lunch” and  “Moon Over Miami".
  •        Guest Choreographer: Dance production class,  Glendale Community College, Glendale CA    2002, 2003, 2004.


           Master Teacher, Lula Washington Dance Theatre, Professional Dance Development Program, Los Angeles, CA              2007 Taught contemporary dance technique.
           Guest Choreographer, Glendale Community College, Glendale CA    2002, 2003, 2004.
            Master Teacher, UC Irvine, 1985-1990; Cal State LA, 1988; UCLA, 1985. Taught contemporary dance technique.
            Master Teacher, Humboldt State College (residency), Humboldt, CA   1980.
           Guest Faculty, York University, Toronto, Canada, Summer 1976. Taught advanced modern dance and repertory                         classes.
           Guest Teacher, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI   1973.

  •Classes taught include contemporary dance technique, ballet, tap, repertory, improvisation, choreography and dance                    history.
  •Through federal CETA Program, taught dance in school districts throughout Southern California and in senior citizen                     facilities as part of an outreach initiative.
  •Extensive experience working with students and partners/ Collaborators from different disciplines and cultures.


  •Involved with all aspects of program planning and implementation of artistic (theatrical) production including public and                   press relations, staff hiring and schedule coordination.
  •Responsible for all aspects of decision making regarding individual productions/ performances and running of a dance                    company.
  •Member of Dance Kaleidescope Selection Committee responsible for determining featured concerts reflecting the diversity             of dance styles and cultures in LA.
  •Self produced independent concert dance performances.

                                                        ~ Performance DVD Available Upon Request ~