Oliver Mayer is an Associate Professor with tenure at the USC School of Dramatic Arts and the author of nearly 30 plays, including The Sinner From Toledo, adapted from a Chekhov short story. His newest project is Blue House, a collaborative piece with original songs by singer/songwriter Perla Batalla based on the life of Frida and Diego. Recent plays include Members Only, the sequel to his ground-breaking play Blade to the Heat; and Blood Match, inspired by Lorca’s Bodas de Sangre. Other plays include Fortune is a Woman, The Wallowa Project, Dias y Flores, Dark Matters, Conjunto, Young Valiant, and Ragged Time. Mayer wrote the libretto for David Conte’s opera America Tropical, as well as the sung texts for We are Joy and America Belongs to Us, by composer Jenni Brandon. He is also the author of a children's book series entitled Big Dog On Campus, based on his all-time great dog Don Aldo.