Gioia De Cari SM '88
actress, singer, playwright
Gioia De Cari (Writer/Performer) is an actress, singer, playwright, and “recovering mathematician” who has made significant contributions in theater and classical music through her exploration of the synergy between science and the arts. Her award-winning play Truth Values has been presented at more than 50 theaters and performing arts centers in the U.S. and Canada, including the Ensemble Studio Theatre in New York, the La Jolla Playhouse Potiker Theatre, and Toronto’s Hart House Theatre, among others. A companion educational program to the play, Truth Values Community, was sponsored by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. An accomplished classical singer as well, Gioia has recorded two albums, Quiet Songs and Eve’s Diary, with her husband, classical guitarist John Olson, as the Olson/DeCari Duo. A particular focus of their work is expansion of the classical repertoire for soprano and guitar; they founded the Science Music Commissioning Project, which seeks to illuminate the human side of science through song. They have toured throughout the United States. Gioia studied acting and playwriting with the late legendary teachers Wynn Handman and Milan Stitt, respectively. After graduating summa cum laude from the University of California, Berkeley, she earned a Master of Science degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Gioia is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association, SAG-AFTRA, and The Dramatists Guild of America.