Steiner alumni Oskar Hallig graduated from the school in 1989 as a member of Bob Norris’s first class. After Steiner, he attended a private “prep” high school, Northfield Mount Hammond (NMH) in Western Massachusetts, and then attended Fordham Manhattan, where he earned a double major in Comparative Literature and Communications, focused on “reading, writing and thinking.” He earned a Master’s degree at the New School, also in Manhattan, in nonprofit management and urban policy, after which he moved to Berlin, worked in German television, and also met his husband, Mike Zippel.
Since 2013, Oskar and Mike have been hosts and entertainers in the Berkshires, with their event production company Only in My Dreams, where Oskar is billed as “a problem solver who is able to provide solutions to even the most difficult situations.” He also teaches five business classes at Berkshire Community College, and has been helping to gather his classmates to honor their teacher Bob Norris at this year’s Steiner Spring Gala. He said, “The most important thing Bob gave me was staunch support through my various ‘comings of age.'” When asked if he has advice for current Steiner students, Oskar joked, “It’s a great irony for anybody who knew me at Steiner, that I would become a teacher. Never pigeonhole yourself!”