As a writer, producer and performer, Doreen debuted her one-woman show, EVERYTHING IS FINE UNTIL IT’S NOT, in August 2016 at the New York International Fringe Festival (FringeNYC). Along with receiving rave reviews, it was designated a FringeFAVE and broke a record for the fastest sell-out of a run in the festival’s 20-year history.
A storyteller since her days growing up in the great state of New Jersey, Doreen’s essays on autism, race and the chaos and contradictions of motherhood have appeared in several national publications including The New York Times and The Washington Post Sunday Magazine. She has performed her pieces at the Yale Repertory Theatre, Symphony Space and the South Orange Performing Arts Center, and participated in the national storytelling showcase, “Listen to Your Mother” in New York City and New Jersey.
As a producer and head of development for Lee Daniels Entertainment, Doreen helped bring to the big screen such independent films as the Oscar-winning Precious, Shadowboxer (Helen Mirren and Cuba Gooding, Jr.) and The Woodsman (Kevin Bacon, Mos Def). When she had more time and less children, she created and produced the sold-out talent showcase series “Frustrated Artists in Corporate America.” Featured nationally on CBS Evening News, the showcase included appearances by then up-and-coming talents comedian Demetri Martin and Tony-nominee Anika Larsen. She also honed her storytelling skills working in original programming at HBO in Los Angeles and Fremantle Media.
Doreen is a graduate of Yale University and Stanford Graduate School of Business, where she was a Charles Bonini fellow. A supporter of autism-related causes, she is a member of Mocha Moms, a national organization for mothers of color, and was a founding board member of Page 73 Productions in New York.
She has two children and is working on a memoir for EVERYTHING IS FINE UNTIL IT’S NOT. Follow her on Twitter: @doreenoliver