Oliviero Papi is an Italian born, Australian theatre performer, workshop leader, movement director and the co-director of the Au Brana Cultural centre in France. He graduated from VCA drama school, Melbourne, in 1999 before performing throughout Australia, principally with the Sydney Theatre Company and the Bell Shakespeare Company.
Since 2005 Oliviero has been the co-director of the Au Brana Centre, France and a co-founder of OBRA Theatre Co. With OBRA he has devised and performed “Transfixed”, and is currently performing in “Fragments”, adapted from Roland Barthes’ Lover’s Discourse, and in “Gaudete” adapted from Ted Hughes’ poem of the same name. Oliviero has been invited to perform in VideoFeet’s new film/theatre project “Thadows Loom”, a large scale mixed media performance to begin performing in 2016. He is also part of the creative team on the project “Ex-Situ”, a collaboration between OBRA and VIDEOfeet generating a series of short films.
In 2007 Oliviero became a member of The Awake Projects, an international theatre ensemble with whom he performed in “Awake”, and is currently touring “Song of Riots” and as a member of “The Awake Love Orchestra”. Since transferring to Europe Oliviero has also toured and performed in Italy with Teatropersona and worked in collaboration with Poland’s Teatr Piesn Kozla.
Oliviero leads actor training workshops for professionals and students both at the Au Brana centre and abroad.
“Awake is my opportunity to immerse myself in a creative process alongside the best artists and people.
Through the work meetings for the project I have watched myself grow as a performer and person, learning what it is which can make me ‘sick’, and what I need in order to be healthy. By working creatively with my own ideas and relationship to illness, I am healing myself. “