2024 PYT LANSDOWNE SCHOLARSHIP ARTIST IN RESIDENCE: OLIVIA XEGAS

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PYT welcomes Olivia Xegas, 2023 Ensemble Alumni awarded the Lansdowne Scholarship 2024, a week-long residency at PYT Fairfield in 2024 where she will have the opportunity to create a new work.

ABOUT OLIVIA

Olivia Xegas (they/she) is a Greek-Australian Actor, Theatre-Maker, and Producer born and based on unceded Darug country, Western Sydney. In May 2021 they completed a Bachelor of Performance at the Australian Institute of Music – Dramatic Arts (AIMDA). Olivia is currently a Casual Producer at PYT Fairfield. Between 2021-2023 she was a proud member of the PYT Fairfield Ensemble, where she performed multiple acting, writing, production and stage management roles. In 2022 Olivia joined PP&VA’s Performing Arts Committee. Olivia is also a teaching artist and has experience in teaching Drama and acting skills.

Olivia has a deep interest in stories that reflect upon the intersectionality of people’s lives, particularly the relationship between ethnic culture and queer identity. They have a passion for stories that celebrate and investigate the lives of women and non-binary folks, and dynamic storytelling that inspects the complexities of the human condition. As part of their 2024 Lansdowne Scholarship, they will be exploring this interest to form part of a new theatre work.

Olivia’s recent credits include Co-Producer and Performer for ‘Tuán’s Party’ (dir. Neda Taha, PYT Fairfield, 2023), Stage Manager for the ‘Dorr-e Dari’ tour at the Sydney Opera House and Arts Centre Melbourne (dir. Paul Dwyer, PYT Fairfield, 2022), Saint Mary Mackillop in the Sydney and Bathurst tour of ‘Mary – A Story of Courage’ (dir. Therase Neve, Blue Whale Theatre, 2023), and Fenton in ‘The Merry Wives of Windsor’ (dir. Victor Kalka, New Theatre, 2022).


The PYT Lansdowne Scholarship is made possible by the generosity of the Lansdowne Foundation