Oliver Hymans is a theatre artist, performer and a teacher.
He was awarded a First Class Honours Degree in Geography from the University of Nottingham in 2005, and a Masters degree in Scenography from Central Saint Martins in 2006.
Oliver is interested in the spaces in which performance happen, and is committed to exploring work in unusual or non-theatre spaces. He is the co-founder and artistic director of animate:SPACE, dedicated to infusing life in the forgotten spaces of the city. With the company, Oliver was recently commissioned by the Barbican, in collaboration with their blockbuster show ‘Seduced: Art and Sex from Antiquity until Now’, to create a new performance (‘Draw Me Baby’) in the unique space of The Window Gallery, in Central London.
Past projects include: video design on ‘The Cows Come Home’ by Zeb Fontaine (Udder Belly @ Brighton Fringe Festival 2008); production assistant on ‘The Other is You’(Brighton, Berlin, Groningen; 2007) with internationally renowned performance company Station House Opera; scenographer for ‘Palm Grove Tales’ (Kerala, India 2006); designer and director for animate:SPACE: ‘Draw Me Baby’ (Barbican / The Window Gallery London 2007), ‘Spillage’ (Act Art 5 2006); solo performance works: ‘To Moscow’ (Camden People’s Theatre Festival of Contemporary Theatre and Nolia’s Gallery 2005/06); ‘Papa PoCo’ (Lotos Collective @ The Window Gallery, London 2006); director for ‘The Shoe Story’ (Sweet Venue @ Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2005), ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ (Lakeside Arts Centre Nottingham 2004), ‘The Side Show’ (New Theatre Nottingham 2003).
Oliver is committed to inspiring young people to be passionate about theatre and has led several education projects with students across London. A recent project involved children from inner city London designing and installing a new public art work, commissioned by British Land, which was displayed in Euston, Central London during the summer of 2007.
He is currently working as a teacher in Elephant and Castle, London.