O+P works is a collaboration between Olivia Mahood and Poppy Serano. Olivia and Poppy met while studying at Toi Whakaari: New Zealand Drama School and have been collaborating since 2015. Together they produce live performance and installation works with a focus on interaction, accessibility and public spaces.
Olivia Mahood is director, designer and performer whose work takes the form of performance art, interactive installations, 1:1 experiences and film. She is a graduate of Toi Whakaari: New Zealand Drama School and has also trained with Joan Scheckel and Anna Berndtson. Alongside her arts practice she is currently the programme manager of Better by Design, which uses design-thinking and customer empathy methodologies to help NZ businesses become more customer-centred in their approach.
Poppy Serano is an award-winning independent theatre practitioner. She has worked as a designer and producer with critically acclaimed theatre companies such as O+P Works, Red Leap Theatre and Barbarian Productions. Poppy received the Wellington Theatre Award for Set Design of the year for her work on Red Leap Theatre’s Dust Pilgrim in 2016. She is a graduate of Toi Whakaari: NZ Drama School.