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Olivia Berkson

Olivia Berkson

She/Her

Biography

Olivia is a multifaceted artist with experience across a broad range of media, with a skill set that includes writing, dramaturgy, composing and performing. She has worked on entertainment properties for mass media, broadway style composition, and pop/rock music. Her experience includes writer’s rooms, devised performance pieces and mainstream productions. She thrives in environments which require innovation or elevating the contributions of others. She is a multi-instrumentalist, actor, singer, dancer, composer and arranger.

Her work focuses on themes of the feminine experience, the feelings we can't always find the words for and our relationships with others and the world. She uses vocal arrangements as part of the orchestrations of songs and has been described as having "a wall of sound" of voices and instruments.

Olivia is a part of writing team “Berkson and Malina” with her writing partner Hallie Malina. The duo have written two full musicals, “buried” and “Fated”. “Buried”, an indie rock musical inspired by Pompeii was workshopped at the University of the Arts in December of 2021. “Fated”, a modern retelling of the Echo and Narcissus myth was workshopped in April of 2023 and is set to be a part of the New York Theatre festival in June of 2024!

Olivia is Co Founder and Creative Director of Berkson Productions, a musical production company that puts up work performed and written by the new generation of artists. "Waiting: A New Songcycle" was performed at the Laurie Beechman Theatre in November of 2023, and can has a cast recording that can be found on Spotify.

Her personal music can be found on Spotify, with both originals and covers!

She values collaboration and uplifting each other as artists. She doesn't want to just fit into the industry, it's her dream to innovate and make art that makes people feel less alone.

Professional Experience

  • Off Broadway
  • Regional
  • Concerts/Cabaret
  • Education
  • Bachelor’s Degree

Regions

  • NYC/Tri-State Area
  • Philadelphia/Mid-Atlantic

Interested in touring?

  • Yes

Maestra Expertise

  • Theatrical Composer (Music and Lyrics)
  • Music Assistant
  • Songwriter
  • Singer/Songwriter
  • Vocal Arranger
  • Instrumentalist/Pit Musician
  • Sound Designer/Composer

Primary Instruments

  • Guitar - acoustic
  • Piano
  • Synthesizer
  • Voice

Additional Instruments

  • Bass - electric
  • Clarinet
  • Ukulele

Software

  • GarageBand
  • Logic
  • Sibelius

Additional Skills

  • Actor-Musician
  • Singer/Performer
  • Home Studio Whiz

Affiliations

  • THE DRAMATISTS GUILD