About Michael

Michael Oliver has been working in the fields of theatre and education for well over thirty years at not only the secondary and university levels, but professionally, as the co-founder of The Sanctuary Theatre, Inc. Established in 1983, the theatre became well-known throughout the Washington area for its cutting-edge productions. He is now the Director of Sanctuary's The Performing Knowledge Project: where performance and education meet.

Theatre Review: ‘The Jungle Book’ by the Synetic Teen Ensemble, a project of the Synetic Family Theater

Everyone with a teen or pre-teen, everyone with a concern for adolescence and the struggles of coming of age, everyone with a love of theatre and its relationship to joy and community should go to see The Jungle Book, the new production by the Synetic Teen Ensemble. Directed by Joseph Carlson, … Continue reading

Theatre Review: ‘Six Characters in Search of an Author’ by WSC Avant Bard

Without doubt, a theatre company dedicated to breathing fresh life into the classics has given itself a bold charge.  With a Shakespeare, the charge is evident. If anything, companies produce Shakespeare too often for their own good, making a fresh look increasingly difficult.  With a play likeSix Characters in Search … Continue reading

Theatre Review: ’Woody Sez: The Life & Music of Woody Guthrie’ at Theater J

I decided to write this review in ink. When the pen I was using ran out of ink, I switched to pencil. No, seriously—no computer for this one. Even an Underwood typewriter would be too high-brow for a Woody Guthrie review. In a season packed with nostalgia—from Molly Ivins to … Continue reading

Theatre Review: ‘You For Me For You’ by Woolly Mammoth in Association with Ma-Yi Theater Company

Let’s be clear: Woolly Mammoth’s world premiere production of Mia Chung’s You For Me For You takes you on a wildly imaginative feast of poetry in the guise of theatre.  Stylistically perverse and narratively skewed, You For Me For You will visually delight you just as frequently as it will auditorally amuse you and … Continue reading