Olivia Peterson is a creative director, performer, and teaching artist who uses various art forms to develop and encourage youth & adults throughout the city of Chicago. Olivia’s passion is to see others grow and develop as people and leaders by providing them with a platform to share their personal stories of pain and joy. Olivia has worked with youth for the past five years in the city of Chicago in many different capacities. Throughout her college career, she interned with The Miracle Center as a teaching artists, set/costume designer, and vocal coach.
She started her work with youth at GRIP outreach by mentoring high school students. During her time with GRIP, Olivia spent time as a teacher’s assistant within various classrooms, a teaching artist alongside the American Theater Company, and a life coach who focused on academic, emotional, and spiritual growth. She also spent a summer interning with GRIP in writing, producing, and directing a full length multimedia performance.
Outside of teaching, she is a singer/songwriter and violinist. She has worked with a number of reputable artists throughout the city of Chicago. Olivia has spent time traveling nationally and internationally performing original music and working alongside the "Dream Baby Collective".
Olivia has directed productions for Legacy Leaders International that focused on telling the powerful and impactful stories of what it’s like to be a young leader working through challenges and adversity in the city of Chicago, highlighting real experiences from the lives of students. Olivia is committed to seeing students use the arts as a mean to process and grow through their experiences; thus developing into leaders who can impact and change the communities around them.