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 when Scrambled Prince Theatre Company accepted her into their ranks to perform How Came That Blood (2014 & 2015). The company, associated with Jesse Rasmussen (Creator of Four Larks Theatre Company) , worked extensively on the project, and later went on to receive four and five star reviews on numerous occasions at 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 then performed with Scrambled Prince Theatre Company’s Alcestis at both festivals the following year.
This year (2019) has been nothing short of a whirlwind for Olivia as 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. Her singing teachers over the years include Royal Australian Opera singer Lynlee Williams, Mezz Coleman and Singer-Songwriter Janine Maunder.
Upon returning from her overseas tour Olivia has reconnected with Scrambled Prince Theatre Company as an actor and mentor to the younger members. An assistant to the director, Olivia is busy rehearsing for the upcoming performance of A Midsummer Live-Stream in which she will also play a dissatisfied Titania. Most recently she has featured in a number short films including Medium by David McRobbie Park (2018) and most recently Screamin’ Demons by Andrew Ayers.
Olivia lives in Melbourne suburbia with her family and her strange dog Jaspa. 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.