Estelle Olivia is a New York based actor and writer. Their play Picket Fence People was recently published in The Best American Short Plays 2018-2019 from Applause Books. They received their MFA in both acting and playwriting from the Actors Studio Drama School in May 2019. 

Estelle was born in Ann Arbor, MI, but began their career as a performer when they moved to Hanoi, Vietnam in the 5th grade. Bored with the usual talent show piano recitals they wrote and sang a comedic aria to the tune of “Ride of the Valkyries.” They were cast in the school play the next semester and have been acting and writing ever since.

Estelle earned their B.A. in Theatre from Mount Holyoke College, and has studied at the British American Drama Academy, Atlantic Acting School, and the Upright Citizens Brigade.


Picket Fence People Published!
June 15th, 2021

Estelle's one act play Picket Fence People has been published in The Best American Short Plays 2018-2019 from Applause Books. This wonderful collection of 20 plays is available from all major booksellers, and at the Drama Book Shop.

Bitter Sweet
Nov 30th - Dec 15th, 2019 

Estelle will be performing in a new immersive show at The Cell Theatre

Estelle wrote Bitter Sweet based on a concept by Aaron Salazar, the director of Poseidon Theatre Co and will be performing this solo show to intimate audiences of no more than five. 

Come daydream with us. Explore an ephemeral journey through memory and childhood amongst the artwork of Mikel Glass.

Estelle in The New York Times
Oct 14th, 2019 

Estelle was featured in the Weekend Arts section for her work in The Cooping Theory: 1969

"One of the so-called pledges, a doe-eyed Cordelia Carlyle (Estelle Olivia), whose creepy presence was made even more so by the slight tilting of her head and clipped speech, talked about past selves, déjà vu and the supernatural."

— Fahima Haque  - The New York Times

The Cooping Theory 1969
Aug 19th - Nov 2nd, 2019 

Estelle is so excited to join the cast of this new immersive theatre piece from Poseidon Theatre Company.

As The Poe Society holds a seance to seek answers to Poe’s unresolved death, what they find out is their own terrifying truth.

“ A delightful kaleidoscope of horror, kitsch, and classic poetry, a fever dream of batty Gothic proportions with shades of Dario Argento (the iconic director of Italian retro horror)”


Picket Fence People
May 8 - 11th, 2019 

Estelle is thrilled to premiere her new one act play in the Actors Studio Drama School Repertory season at 3-Legged Dog. 

"Rachel and Eliza should be celebrating one of the happiest days of their lives. Instead Eliza is having a quarter-life-crisis, Rachel just wants to get through dinner with her mother, and no amount of color-coded labels or Tarte au Fraise can stave off a relationship crisis no one was ready for. Opposites may attract but will they survive this upheaval?"

Our House
April 24 - 27th, 2019 

Estelle will play Jennifer in Theresa Rebeck's Our House in the Actors Studio Drama School Repertory season at 3-Legged Dog. 


"Our House is a deliciously scathing comedy that takes on a media-obsessed culture intent on turning even the most sobering crisis into sexy entertainment. A darkly comic look at America's obsession with "reality" television."

Industry Showcase
March 11th, 2019 

Estelle is very excited to be performing in the 2019 Actors Studio Drama School Industry Showcase! 

You'll have two chances to catch the showcase at 2:00pm and 6:30pm on March 11th at The Actors Studio, located at 432 W 44th Street

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ASDS Rep 2019
March 27 - May 11th 2019 

Estelle's three-year MFA at the Actors Studio Drama School will culminate in a Repertory Season at The 3-Legged Dog Arts and Technology Center in Downtown Manhattan.

Tickets are free and will be available beginning in March

Cross Match - Staged Reading
December 1st, 2018 

Estelle's full length play Cross Match will have a staged reading at the Actors Studio Drama School.

"When an artist’s deadly illness becomes her muse she is seduced by the opportunity to go out in a blaze of glory. Can her estranged and dysfunctional family pull her back from the brink?"

CRY HAVOC Governors Island Plays
August, 2018 

Estelle's new play Fond at Best will receive a workshop production in a historic officers house on Governor's Island. Estelle will also appear in a workshop of Kendra Mittermeyer's new play Whiches.

"An unexpected death brings former best friends back together and re-opens old wounds. What is the price of reconciliation? And are Jamie and Chloe willing to pay it?"