Oliver Mayer is the author of more than 30 plays, from his ground-breaking internationally produced play Blade to the Heat to its long-awaited sequel Members Only, which recently premiered at the Los Angeles Theater Center. Other produced plays include Blood Match and Yerma in the Desert, inspired by the plays of Federico Garcia Lorca; Fortune is a Woman, The Wallowa Project, Dias y Flores, Dark Matters, Conjunto, Young Valiant, Joy of the Desolate, The Sinner from Toledo, Laws of Sympathy and Ragged Time. Besides 3 Paderewskis, he also wrote the words to America Belongs to Us with composer Jenni Brandon, as well as the libretto for the opera America Tropical, composed by David Conte, and the book for Blue House with music and lyrics by Perla Batalla and David Batteau. Along with assorted published play collections, Mayer wrote the children’s books Big Dog on Campus Learns to be a Trojan, and its follow-ups Big Dog on Campus Goes to the Library and Big Dog on Campus Goes on Patrol. He is a tenured professor at USC's School of Dramatic Arts, where he has received several university honors, including the 2015 USC Associates Award for Excellence in Teaching and a Mellon Mentoring Award for mentoring undergraduates.