Olivia Michael is a Los Angeles based actor and performer. She is originally from the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina. She started formal dance training at the age of two and began competitive dance at the age of nine. She made her theatrical debut at the age of ten as Charlie Bucket in Blue Ridge Community Theatre’s production of Willy Wonka. This launched her lifelong passion for performance. Over the next few years, she performed with Ensemble Stage, a professional theatre company in Banner Elk, North Carolina. Her credits include: Pippi Longstocking in Pippi Longstocking and Children’s Chorus in A Christmas in Blowing Rock. Olivia also performed with Beanstalk Community Theatre. Her credits include: TV Marketer and Magician’s Assistant in The One and Only Santa Claus.
In high school Olivia continued to focus on her love of acting and was accepted into the honors acting troupe during her sophomore and junior years. Her credits include: Miss Andrew in Mary Poppins, Mimi the Hot Box Dancer in Guys and Dolls, and Louise in Richard Cory, for which she earned the Excellence in Acting Award at the 2015 North Carolina Theatre Conference. During her junior year, Olivia was a contributing writer and performer in Mea Culpa, a devised production about life in 1960 East Berlin, which earned a spot in the 2016 North Carolina Theatre Conference state championship competition.
She was nominated and selected to attend the North Carolina Governor’s School for Theatre in 2017 where she received training in devised theatre under the direction of Brad DeFabo Akin and Michael Stanfill. Her credits include: Apologist in We Are So So Sorry and Grace in Angels in the Snow.
Olivia spent her senior year of high school at Interlochen Arts Academy (IAA) as a Theatre Performance major. Her credits include: Traveling Fair Dancer in Tuck Everlasting, Mrs. Hale in Trifles, and Chorus in Oedipus Rex. She received training in Shakespeare from Dr. David Montee and Noh Theatre from Gulshirin Dubash. Olivia received the English Award at IAA and earned her diploma with high honors with distinction in 2018. After graduation, she was hired as an acting intern for the Interlochen Shakespeare Festival under the direction of William Church and played Margaret in Much Ado About Nothing.
In the summer of 2019, she was hired as an acting intern at the Acadia Repertory Theatre, a professional theatre company in Bar Harbor, Maine under the direction of Cheryl Willis and C Andrew Mayer. Her credits include: Mad Hatter, Bird, and Seven of Hearts in Alice in Wonderland, Rachel in Perfect Wedding, and Audrey Strange in Agatha Christie’s Towards Zero.
Olivia is currently pursuing a BFA in Acting at the California Institute of the Arts (expected May 2022). CalArts production credits include Iphegenia and Maenad in The Speakeasy Society’s workshop of The Labyrinth, as well as Meghan Gotschell in Bobbie Clearly.