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.
Upon returning from overseas 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 play a dissatisfied Titania. Most recently Olivia has featured in a number short films including Medium by David McRobbie Park (2018) and most recently Screamin’ Demons (2019) by Andrew Ayers.
Currently Olivia is a finalist in Australian Supermodel Of The Year which will be held in Bali In February this year (2020).
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.