Olivia Buntaine (she/her) believes in theater that brings everyone to the table - starting with those of us who haven't been invited. She is the Founder and Artistic Director of Project Nongenue - a theater company which centralizes the voices of women and marginalized identities in the classical canon. Based in New York and Los Angeles, she is chasing the artistic creation of liberation after violence. Classically trained as an actor through the British American Drama Academy, Olivia now finds more opportunities for trouble-making on the other side of the table - working as a director, writer, and intimacy director. Her artistic practice lives in reinventing the stories western society is steeped in by placing marginalized folks at the center of them, digging up dead roots and replanting narrative seeds of revolution, and creating a few new myths along the way. Olivia is currently a Masters candidate at the New School College of Performing Arts in Arts Entrepreneurship and Directing. She likes coffee, ensembleship, the Cranberries, and attempting to reconcile her love of viking history with feminism.
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Press & Testimonials
"Olivia Buntaine is a budding, visionary director with a unique sense of style and an eye for beautiful stage pictures. Her ability to tell stories through the precise arrangements and blocking of her large company of actors is masterful. Not to mention her capacity to handle a dated text and make it accessible to every single person in the audience." - William Lawrence, Actor, Hollywood Fringe Certified Reviewer
"Olivia is a director to watch." - Lisa K. Wyatt, Actor, Hollywood Fringe Certified Reviewer
"Olivia Buntaine's brain is the best kept secret in Los Angeles. In a city with a) as-of-yet little to no reputation for successful remounts of classical texts, and b) a simultaneous burning desire towards progressivism within the entertainment industry, Olivia's theatre-making represents an exquisite and nuanced intersection of these areas of opportunity. Bold, radical, yet wildly intimate." - Ryan Brophy