Robert Ollis was nominated for a Jeff Award for his music direction of Pride Films and Plays’ Under A Rainbow Flag by Leo Schwartz, which production won two non-equity 2013 Jeff Awards: Best Musical and Best New Work! As a founding collective member of Bailiwick Chicago, Robert has served as Co-Music Director of Elton John’s AIDA, as orchestrator and assistant conductor of Jeanine Tesori’s Violet and as music director of the musical revue Show Us Your Love. He has also music-directed casting auction productions of Thoroughly Modern Millie, Anything Goes and Mame for Victory Gardens Theatre, plus Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and Damn Yankees for Bailiwick Chicago. Robert music directed an acclaimed production of Sondheim’s Assassins at the Viaduct Theatre with The GoForth Productions. Robert received a non-equity Jeff Award for his musical direction of Kiss of the Spider Woman and a nomination for A Man of No Importance, each at Bailiwick Repertory Theatre. In recent years, he has also music-directed such varied shows as My Favorite Year, The Cousins Grimm, The Who’s Tommy and Dennis DeYoung’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame. On the cabaret scene, Robert has accompanied Alexandra Billings at Feinstein’s in New York City, and has worked with singers Andrea Marcovicci, Danni Smith, Jeremy Rill, Bethany Thomas and Cheryl Szucsits. He has played the piano for productions of Bombs Away, First Lady Suite and Patience and Sarah, and has served as the arranger and music director for a number of musical revues of show tunes by leading Broadway composers. He was part of the musical teams of such Bailiwick Repertory favorites as Parade, The Christmas Schooner, Bare: the Musical and A Kiss from Alexander.
Robert Ollis | Artistic Associate