Oliviero Papi is an Italian born, Australian theatre performer, workshop leader, movement director and the co-director of the Au Brana 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 in 2006 co-founded OBRA Theatre. 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 performs in VIDEOFEET’s new film installation project Thadows Loom. 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 response to urbanisation and architecture.
Oliviero also works as 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.