Olivia Hartle is a transdisciplinary professional and theatre artist, and an advocate for innovation and improvisation at work and in life.
Currently, Olivia is working on her PhD in Community Engagement at Point Park University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She is a theatre director, actor, improviser, and coach whose work is grounded in social justice and the theatre of human development. Olivia received her M.A. from New York University, and her graduate research focused on the application of theatrical principles outside of their traditional paradigms.
Olivia co-founded and served as artistic director of BIG Theatre Company in New York City for six years, where she ran a creative collaboration lab for the ongoing development of original work and the artists who make it. She has directed and choreographed dozens of plays and musicals in schools, nonprofits, and on off- and off-off-Broadway stages, including three world-premiere productions in the New York International Fringe Festival.
Olivia has studied and performed improv at the world-renowned UCB, PIT, and Magnet theaters; trained with the New York Neo-Futurists in their signature non-illusory approach; trained with the Anti-Oppression Resource & Training Alliance in anti-oppressive facilitation; and is trained as a Joker to facilitate Theatre of the Oppressed workshops and forum plays. Olivia currently serves as a Pathway Coach with the digital coaching platform BetterUp, and her professional affiliations include the Applied Improvisation Network, the Association for Theatre in Higher Education, and the American Alliance for Theatre and Education.
Olivia’s artistic interests are in devised work, improvisation, anti-oppression work, arts activism, and liberating performance from the stage. In addition to her M.A. from NYU, Olivia also holds a B.A. in Psychology from St. John’s University and a graduate certificate in Design Leadership for Business from Parsons School of Design. She is currently based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Hire Olivia.