Blythe de Oliveira Foster (she/her/hers) values collaborations and creative conversations which bridge performance practice and community engagement.
Blythe has taught acting and voice and directed productions in the BFA and BA Programs at the University of California Santa Barbara and Salem State University. She has worked as an artist-in-residence with youth in San Francisco Bay Area public schools and taught and directed at Phillips Exeter Academy with the New Plays Ensemble. Passionate about supporting emerging artists, she has produced for Launch Pad New Plays (world premieres by playwrights KJ Sanchez, Yussef El Guindi, James Still), and had the joyful experience of serving as a community engagement liaison for Holcombe Waller’s Requiem Mass: A Queer Divine Rite at Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, produced by Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and Portland Institute for Contemporary Art.
California acting credits include: American Conservatory Theater, Berkeley Rep, Aurora Theatre, Shotgun Players, Marin Theatre Company, SF Playhouse, San Jose Rep, TheatreWorks, Word for Word, foolsFURY, PlayGround, and the Hollywood Fringe Festival. New York credits include: Classic Stage Company, The Lion Theatre, The Tank, and Repertorio Español and The Bushwick Starr with Caborca. As an actor, she has toured internationally with Word for Word in France, including performing at the Théâtre de la Tour Eiffel, in Paris. Blythe graduated from the MFA Acting Program at Columbia University’s Graduate School of the Arts, where she worked with Anne Bogart and Kristin Linklater. She participated in advanced Linklater Voice Teacher training with Kristin Linklater, Andrea Haring, Mary Irwin, and Fran Bennett in New York and on Orkney Island, and enjoyed meaningful apprenticeships with Bread & Puppet in Vermont, Gardzienice in Poland, and workshops with Bill T. Jones in California.
Blythe is currently writing a play with music about her Vovó’s (grandmother’s) immigration journey from Brazil to Miami.