Olivia Reed (B.M. Musical Theatre, The Catholic University of America) is enthusiastic about joining the faculty at The Lee Strasberg Theatre & Film Institute. Having developed a successful career as a professional actor, teaching artist, and educator in the DMV and New York areas, Olivia is excited to create a home base with the Strasberg Institute. With a strong background in dance, training in Ballet, Pointe, Theatre Dance, Tap, Musical Theatre, Modern, and Jazz she focused seriously on Ballet, Tap, Theatre Dance, and Jazz while pursuing her undergraduate degree. Vocally, Olivia is a legit Soprano and has studied with Doug Bowles in DC and Sara Ford in NYC.
Upon graduating from CUA, Olivia joined the National Tour of Mamma Mia! and then immediately went on to work in Equity houses regionally. Theater has allowed Olivia the opportunity to live and perform internationally in Seoul, South Korea while doing Dreamgirls, and music has taken her to Western Europe with an honors chorus. Her journey as an actor continues to be fruitful, working with Broadway choreographers, directors, and cast-mates. In addition to work on the stage, Olivia has a growing on camera career in commercial print. She continues to work professionally in theater while cultivating her career as a higher education Lecturer of Dance. Before joining The Lee Strasberg Institute, Olivia was on faulty at Catholic University teaching Tap and Theater Dance. She is currently on faculty at a private studio on Long Island, and also serves as the Program Director, and Director for their Studio Theater program.
One of the beauties of being a teaching artist is that Olivia can bring what she is learning and experiencing in real-time to her students. That way, the perspective is always fresh and the information accurate for what the business is currently seeking. More than anything, Olivia is passionate about helping students cultivate strong technical skills so that no matter what field they may find themselves in they can instantly recall the discipline that it takes to master new skills. The theater and film industries are multi-faceted, and Olivia believes her students should be as well. It brings her joy to share the beauty of the arts with her students, and create with them every day.