Olivia Buckton-Smith is an Actor, Singer & Model, her experience includes musical theatre, drama teaching, the creation and execution of performance art and children’s entertainment.
Olivia has worked both locally and internationally.
In 2019 Olivia first toured internationally as Juliet in BYTE‘s Production of What Country, Friends is This? A modern adaptation of Shakespearean nature it was first performed at “The Butterfly Club” for its Melbourne debut in 2018, before touring to Hong Kong, China, Thailand, Singapore, Germany, the United Kingdom, Sri Lanka, France, Switzerland, the USA, Ireland, the Philippines and the Netherlands. Olivia wrote and performed some original songs for the production – her debut in songwriting. In February the following year Olivia traveled to Bali as a finalist in the 2020 Australian Supermodel Of The Year.
Upon returning to Australia Olivia has reconnected with Scrambled Prince Theatre Company as an actor and mentor to the younger members of the group. Their original production of A Midsummer Live-Stream, in which Olivia was an assistant director and also played a dissatisfied Titania, played to large audiences at the 2020 Adelaide Fringe Festival. Currently Olivia is playing the role of ‘Frankie’ in Witches In Britches new season of ‘Charlies Witches’.
Olivia is also a singer / song writer with a broad range of credits that include solo work, singing in bands, singing in musicals, with choirs, backing vocals, lead of harmony parts and even singing Christmas carols (acapella). A soprano singer, with a three octave range, that can sing most musical styles her preferred music genres are Jazz, Alternative Music, Folk and Blues.
Olivia’s first taste of acting was at the age of 15 with Scrambled Prince Theatre Company’s production of How Came That Blood (2014 & 2015). The company, associated with Jesse Rasmussen (Creator of Four Larks) who worked extensively on this project, later went on to receive four and five star reviews at the Adelaide and Melbourne Fringe Festivals.
In 2015, Olivia wrote her first play; Ay Mis Hijos (Oh My Children) for Montsalvat Arts’ Festival (2015) whilst still completing secondary school. At 16 she worked with a group of asylum seekers and refugees to create I’d Turn Back. A play that highlighted the human stories of refugees and asylum seekers struggling in the midst of a volatile political climate. It featured at both the Melbourne (2016) and Adelaide Fringe Festivals (2017). During this time Olivia continued to direct I’d Turn Back whilst also performing, in a ‘Cabaret meets Brecht” performance of, Ceremony of the Innocent at the Adelaide and Melbourne Fringe Festivals. Olivia performed with Scrambled Prince Theatre Company’s Euripides Alcestis at both fringe festivals again the following year (2018).
Olivia lives in Melbourne suburbia with her dog Esmerelda, she sings Christmas carols every year to raise money for the homeless, is a yoga instructor, runs her own small business and loves gluten free baking.