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Co-founder and co-artistic director of The Debate Society (TDS), with whom he has co-created and directed nine full-length plays since 2004. Mr. Butler directed TDS’ Jacuzzi, which premiered last fall at Ars Nova. He also directed the premiere of Will Eno’s The Open House (Obie Award for Direction; Lucille Lortel Award for Best Play) at the Signature Theatre Company. He directed the City Center Encores! Off-Center production of Jonathan Larson’s Tick…Tick…Boom starring Lin-Manuel Miranda, Leslie Odom and Karen Olivo. TDS’ acclaimed production of Blood Play had sold out runs at The Bushwick Starr, The Public Theater’s Under the Radar Festival and the Williamstown Theatre Festival. TDS’ play Buddy Cop 2 was a Critic’s Pick in The New York Times, Time Out New York and Backstage. With TDS, Mr. Oliver has directed the world premieres of Cape Disappointment (PS122), You’re Welcome (The Brick), The Eaten Heart (The Ontological Incubator), The Snow Hen (Charlie Pineapple Theater) and A Thought About Raya (Red Room, The Brick and The Ontological Incubator). He recently directing the world premiere of Timeshare by Lally Katz (The Malthouse) in Australia, the world premiere of Daniel Goldfarb’s Legacy at the Williamstown Theatre Festival and the premiere of Christopher Shinn’s An Opening in Time at Hartford Stage Company. He is a Sundance Institute Fellow and a Bill Foeller Fellow (Williamstown Theatre Festival).

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[Off-Broadway, 2023]
[Off-Broadway, 2020]
[US Tour, 2020]
[Broadway, 2019]
[Off-Broadway, 2018]
[Off-Broadway, 2018]
[Off-Broadway, 2018]
[Off-Broadway, 2017]
[Off-Broadway, 2014]

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Obie Awards - 2014 - Direction

Oliver Butler, The Open House

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World Premiere of HESTER STREET Comes to Theater J Next Month

Beginning on March 27 and running through April 21, Theater J brings the world premiere of Hester Street to the stage.

Calvin Knegten Completes the Cast of PRIDE HOUSE at TOSOS

TOSOS launches its 50th Anniversary Season with the world premiere of 'Pride House,' a new play by Chris Weikel.

Oliver Butler to Direct World Premiere of HESTER STREET at Theater J

Get the latest news on Theater J's upcoming world premiere of the stage adaptation of 'Hester Street.' Directed by Oliver Butler, this highly-anticipated production brings Joan Micklin Silver's beloved film to life in April 2024. Don't miss your chance to experience this new adaptation at Theater J in Washington DC.

Christian Slater, Dagmara Dominczyk, Josh Radnor and More Join THE 24 HOUR PLAYS ON BROADWAY

Additional talent has been announced for the 23rd Annual The 24 Hour Plays On Broadway. Find out who is joining the lineup here!

Joe Spano & More to Star in Rolling Southern California Premiere of THE REALISTIC JONESES

Laguna Playhouse announced, in association with Gare St. Lazare, Ireland and the Rubicon Theatre Company, Faline England, Sorcha Fox, Conor Lovett and Joe Spano starring in the rolling Southern California premiere of THE REALISTIC JONESES, written by Will Eno and directed by Judy Hegarty-Lovett.

Photos: Elvis Costello, Paula Vogel, And More Turn Out For LETTERS FROM MAX Opening Night At Signature Theatre!

Signature Theatre presents the world premiere production of MacArthur Fellow Sarah Ruhl's Letters From Max, directed by Kate Whoriskey, based on the book by Ruhl and Max Ritvo (Milkweed Editions), running through March 19, 2023. See photos from the show's opening night celebration featuring the show's star Jessica Hecht, rock icon Elvis Costello and more!

Photos: Go Inside Opening Night of A BRIGHT NEW BOISE at Signature Theatre

Check out photos from opening night of A Bright New Boise at Signature Theatre!

Review Roundup: Signature Theatre Presents A BRIGHT NEW BOISE

Signature Theatre presents the Off-Broadway premiere of Samuel D. Hunter's 2011 Obie Award-winning dark comedy A Bright New Boise, directed by Oliver Butler, running through March 12 in the Pershing Square Signature Center's Irene Diamond Stage.

Anna Baryshnikov, Ignacio Diaz-Silverio & More to Star in A BRIGHT NEW BOISE Off-Broadway Premiere

Signature Theatre will present the Off-Broadway premiere of Samuel D. Hunter’s 2011 Obie Award-winning dark comedy A Bright New Boise, directed by Oliver Butler. See production dates and how to purchase tickets.

Joe Spano & More to Star in THE REALISTIC JONESES at Rubicon Theatre Company

Rubicon Theatre Company will present the Southern California premiere of THE REALISTIC JONESES, Wednesday, January 25 at 7:00 pm, with a press opening on Saturday, January 28 at 7:00 pm, running through Sunday, February 12.


The problem with a one person show, Dear Readers, or even a mostly one-person show is that often the author can tend to ramble. They get lost in their own exorcising of whatever demons they’re trying to get out and go on tangent after tangent. Heidi Schreck, author of “What the Constitution Means to Me”, currently playing at the Seattle Rep, even references it herself. However, Schreck manages to take those seeming tangents and gracefully pull that thread connecting them all and bring them all together creating a wholly impactful and provocative show that will stick with you long after you leave the theater.

TheaterWorksUSA to Present THE LIGHTNING THIEF Theatre for Young Audiences Edition at Five Angels Theater

TheaterWorksUSA new, 60-minute production of The Lightning Thief: Theatre for Young Audiences Edition will perform in New York City before heading out on its quest around the country. Performing two shows only on October 1, 3 PM and 7 PM at Five Angels Theater.

Casting Announced For WHAT THE CONSTITUTION MEANS TO ME at Seattle Rep

Seattle Rep announced that Broadway-alum Cassie Beck (The Rose Tattoo; What the Constitution Means to Me national tour) will lead Seattle Rep's upcoming production of What the Constitution Means to Me by Heidi Schreck and directed by Oliver Butler.

Signature Theatre Announces Dates For 2022-2023 Season, Featuring Quiara Alegría Hudes, Samuel D. Hunter, Sarah Ruhl, and Branden Jacobs-Jenkins

Signature Theatre has announced dates for its 2022-2023 season—from Resident playwrights Quiara Alegría Hudes, Samuel D. Hunter, Sarah Ruhl, and Branden Jacobs-Jenkins. While the structure of Signature's seasons—producing several plays by each resident writer—fundamentally brings audiences closer to playwrights, this season particularly offers a personal and profound view into each Resident writers' voice and vision.

WHAT THE CONSTITUTION MEANS TO ME Single Ticket Announced At Seattle Rep

Seattle Rep has announced the on-sale date for their highly anticipated production of Heidi Schreck's Tony-nominated play, What the Constitution Means to Me.

FROZEN, THE BAND'S VISIT, HAMILTON and More Nominated for Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards

The Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle has announced the nominees for theatrical excellence for 2020 and 2021. This year's awards have been combined due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

TodayTix Lottery Announced For One-Night-Only Reading of WHAT THE CONSTITUTION MEANS TO ME

What the Constitution Means to Me has partnered with TodayTix to offer a limited number of $40 tickets for its one-night-only reading on June 9, 2022, at 8pm. The evening will benefit the National Network of Abortion Funds. Schreck and the original Broadway cast of What the Constitution Means to Me will star. 

Patricia McGregor Will Be The Next Artistic Director Of New York Theatre Workshop

New York Theatre Workshop announced today that Patricia McGregor will succeed James C. Nicola as Artistic Director, following a yearlong search led by ALJP Consulting and a dedicated search committee of artists, staff and Trustees.


Heidi Schreck and the original Broadway cast of her Tony Award nominated and Pulitzer Prize finalist play What the Constitution Means to Me will reunite for a special one-night-only reading of the play to benefit the National Network of Abortion Funds on June 9, 2022 at 8pm at the historic Great Hall at Cooper Union.

Premieres by Quiara Alegría Hudes, Sarah Ruhl & More Announced for Signature Theatre's 2022-2023 Season

Signature Theatre announced its 2022-2023 season—from Resident playwrights Quiara Alegría Hudes, Samuel D. Hunter, Sarah Ruhl, and Branden Jacobs-Jenkins—alongside the inauguration of Launchpad, a new residency supporting early-career playwrights that expands the organization’s singular mission of producing a body of work by each resident writer.


Oliver Butler has been nominated for the Direction category at the Obie Awards for his work on the show "The Open House".

Oliver Butler has won the Obie Award for Direction for his work on the show "The Open House."

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