Ryan Oliveira is a Brazilian-American playwright, dramaturg, performer, and theatrical jack-of-all-trades. Originally from Miami, FL, he received his B.A. in Theatre Arts at Cornell University (2008) and his M.F.A. in Playwriting at the University of Iowa (2015), where Swordplay, Sea of Trees, and Below the Pacific received productions.
He has produced the Fornés Workshop in Chicago alongside Migdalia Cruz and Anne Garcia-Romero in 2017 and 2018. His work has been developed at Activate: Midwest, the Sewanee Writers' Conference, Prop Thtr's Church of the New Play, Chicago Home Theatre Festival, Chicago Dramatists, and with Commission Theatre Company. His short play, Here (three elegies for a gay club), was part of NoPassport Theatre's Pulse Action, having been performed in London, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Los Angeles throughout the fall of 2016. Another short play, Migration, was also part of NoPassport Theatre's Climate Change Theatre Action in 2017.
He has been a finalist for the 2016 Fetzer Foundation for Emerging Artists Grant (Passing Time in Animal Town) and the 2017 Many Voices Fellowship at the Playwrights' Center in Minneapolis (Chaos); a 2016 Romulus Linney Scholar at the Sewanee Writers' Conference (Chaos); and a semi-finalist for the O'Neill Theatre Conference (Chaos, 2017; The Rigel Event, 2014), the 2015 PlayPenn Conference (The Rigel Event), and the 2016 Disquiet Luso-American Fellowship ("The Strays of Piumhi").
Aside from playwriting, he also collaborated with numerous queer theatre artists alongside Tim Miller in Exhibit Q at the New Museum in New York City in June of 2013. He has also performed various solo and spoken word pieces with the Darwin Turner Action Theatre and Was the Word in Iowa City. He has also served as performance curator and company manager for the Chicago Theatre Marathon. He has also served as dramaturg with The New Colony on Spenser Davis' Merge (October 2016) and Michael Allen Harris' Punk (October 2017). Through El Semillero, he developed Jellyfish Queer, a solo "musical" which received a reading at Victory Gardens in 2018.
He is currently a core member of ALTA, a member of El Semillero, a songwriter in Pop Magic Productions' songwriting group, and RAC member-at-large at Chicago Dramatists. He is also a 2018-2019 Paper Trail playwright with Broken Nose Theatre Company in Chicago. He is also proud to have stray and Desire in the House as part of Steppenwolf Theatre's The Mix, highlighting plays with diverse casts seeking further development and production throughout the United States.
Current projects include: A production of The Soccer Player in the Closet with Nothing Without a Company in February 2019, a production of Desire in a Tinier House with Pride Films & Plays in May 2019, and the development of two new projects. The first is a new solo musical entitled Letters to My Unrequited Lovers through Pop Magic Production. The other is a new full-length play called Mavericks, to be developed with Broken Nose Theatre Company and El Semillero.