Community Engagement Work
I am currently working with the owners of From Stage to Screen (a private acting school on Long Island, NY) to further diversify their student body. I presented this idea to Gene Forman, and he graciously accepted the suggestion, and help. We are currently formulating scholarship criteria so that all students feel encouraged, and have the ability to pursue specialized education in the Arts.
"As the fiery Anita, Olivia Ashley Reed makes the part truly her own. Reed's singing and dancing are superb as she leads the lady Sharks and their mates in "America." (By the way this production takes a cue from the 1961 movie having the men and women perform "America" as a battle of the sexes. In the original, Anita and the women perform the number without their male companions.)"
"In the role of Anita, Olivia Reed supplies the much needed feminine dominance that we would expect from Bernardo’s lady love. Her duet with Maria in “I Have a Love” was, in fact, the moment in the show that penetrated my armor of objective interest and found its mark."
"Olivia Ashley Reed, playing the feisty Anita, is excellent with Ryan Sellers as Bernardo. They perfectly convey the simultaneous spice and friction demanded by those characters."