Olivia Buckton-Smith is an Actor, Singer, Model, Writer and Director. Her experience includes musical theatre, drama teaching, the creation and execution of performance art and children’s entertainment.
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 the project, later went on to receive four and five star reviews at both the Adelaide and Melbourne Fringe Festivals.
In 2015, Olivia also 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. This plays 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 also performed with Scrambled Prince Theatre Company’s Euripides Alcestis at both festivals the following year.
2019 was nothing short of a whirlwind for Olivia when she toured internationally as Juliet in BYTE‘s Production of What Country, Friends is This? This modern adaptation of Shakespearean nature was first performed at “The Butterfly Club” for its Melbourne debut (2018), before hitting Asia and Europe in February. Olivia wrote and performed some original songs for the production – her debut in songwriting.
A soprano singer with a three octave range Olivia has been singing since the age of 5. She is privileged to have had some awesome singing coaches along the way. In high school her first serious singing coach was Lynlee Williams from Melbourne opera and then Mezz Coleman in her VCE year. Currently she is coached by Janine Maunder and feels truly blessed to have such amazing women in her life as coaches, friends and mentors.
Olivia has a substantial list of credits to her name, including Medium by David McRobbie Park (2018) and most recently Screamin’ Demons (2019) by Andrew Ayers. In February Olivia travelled 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. Their original production of A Midsummer Live-Stream, in which Olivia was an assistant director and also played a dissatisfied Titania, this successfully played to large audiences at the Adelaide Fringe Festival. Currently Olivia is rehearsing with the Witches In Britches cast on their new show for this upcoming season.
See a full list of Olivias Credits Here
Olivia lives in Melbourne suburbia with her family and her new dog Percy – sadly her weird dog Jaspa passed away around Christmas time. She sings Christmas carols every year with The Salvation Army to raise money for the homeless, is a yoga instructor, runs her own small business and loves gluten free baking.