Having worked as an usher in London's Arts Theatre for a number of years, Olivia's directing and writing work was scouted whilst she was an adult education student at Oxford University's continuing education department. Following this she worked as a director under commission from Secret Productions (Secret Cinema), having her debut piece: ' When Wonderland Invaded' billed alongside Shakespeare's Globe at Wilderness festival. For five years following this she was the Artistic Director of Theatre for the Emmy award winning music producer Charlie Andrew (Alt-J)'s In The Woods Festival . In this role she has directed four immersive shows for, and sat on the creative board of, the boutique event. Her work for In The Woods was featured in The Evening Standard when the paper unwittingly mistook musician characters from her immersive theatre for real musicians. Olivia was recently invited to speak alongside Sir Trevor Nunn as a 'young voice of theatre' at a London conference discussing theatre from the seventeenth century to today.
In early 2018 Olivia staged Tom Basden's There Is A War working in dialogue with the author to trial an alternate ending to that used in it's debut at The National Theatre.
Whilst studying on a BA at Cambridge University , after some years spent on her career in London, Olivia was the Marlowe Society Writer's Rep : and co-founder of the society's first writers' group. Whilst in this role she compered a termly night called HATCH, showcasing the prose, poetry and script writing of students. She turned the night from a routine element of the Marlowe Society's calendar to a consistently sold out event. Additionally she has curated a new program of speakers: 'Marlowe In Conversation With...' , leading Q & As with guest speakers including Simon Stephens (Heisenberg/ The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Nighttime) and Tony Gardner (The Thick Of It/ My Parents Are Aliens).
As a playwright at Cambridge Olivia has been nominated for The Footlights' Harry Porter Prize for BAND, a play about a group of millennial musicians stuck in a garage.
Before university, she worked in film production with projects including Eleanor (starring Golden Globe Winner Ruth Wilson / written by Polly Stenham, Michael Lesslie and Anya Reiss) . She was the lead producer of an advertisement commissioned by philosopher A.C Grayling , and associate producer of Free Speech Fear Free : a documentary featuring interviews with Jude Law, The Belarus Free Theatre and Julian Assange. The film is available on Amazon Prime and Netflix in Germany. She is a member of the current Cambridge Film Association committee.
Other credits include:
As director/writer: The Tea Party (In The Woods Festival 2012), When Wonderland Invaded (Keble Arts Festival, Keble College, Oxford - transferring to Wilderness Festival), The Tale of Princess Aurelia: Wilderness Festival Promotional Treasure Hunt (Secret Productions, Cornbury Park, 2013), The Damien Dali Awards (In The Woods Festival 2013), The Pool Party (In The Woods Festival 2014), Censorship Tape ( Richmix Studios, London, 2015), The Willows In The Wind (In the Woods Festival 2016)
As associate director: The Off West End Award-winning Oh, The Humanity! (Bedford Square, 2014 pre-transfer to The Tabard Theatre), Jane Eyre (Simpkins Lee Theatre, Oxford, 2012)
As actor Olivia has worked as a voiceover artist for Baker Street/ BBC Director Dirk Maggs , performed as Elsie in My Boy Jack in workshop with The CSSD's Geoffrey Colman at The Theatre Royal Haymarket, and played a variety of comic leads for The Oxford Revue (Messiah Man, Burton Taylor Studio, 2012) and The Cambridge Footlights (Trump'd, ADC Theatre, 2016).
Olivia is interested in the idea that all modes of art including fashion, music, theatre, comedy, photography, and film, provide vehicles for storytelling- and would urge potential collaborators to get in contact. Current areas of interest include work responding to mainstream politics, nationalism and the role of social media in the twenty first century. Olivia is particularly open to new collaborations on immersive theatre.
With thanks to regular contributors to production and projects including Molly Greer Yarn, Anna Mojab, Vicky Lampard and Tom Bevan .