Steven Oliver is a descendant of the Kuku-Yalanji, Waanyi, Gangalidda, Woppaburra, Bundjalung and Biripi peoples. He was born in Cloncurry in North West Queensland and grew up in Townsville before moving to Perth to study. He has worked with numerous theatre companies, festivals and arts organisations across Australia but became notorious with ABC’s Logie/AACTA nominated sketch comedy show Black Comedy as a writer/actor/associate producer.
Other ABC Film/TV roles include Tiger Cops for Iview and A Very Sexy Xmas. He is co-creator/writer/presenter for Indigenous Arts Quiz Show Faboriginal as well as the documentary Looky Looky Here Comes Cooky (SBS/NITV). He was a recipient of Screen Australia’s Blackspace Initiative for his premiere web series A Chance Affair, that was nominated for best web series at both the 2018 LGBTIQ Australian Awards and Screen Producers Australia Awards. He has done voice work on Australians first Indigenous Superhero animation, Zero Point and cameoed as Cousin Carlo in Marvel Studio’s Thor; Ragnarok under the direction of Taika Waititi.
His poetry is published in both national and international poetry journals such as Ora Nui, Australian Poetry Journal, Solid Air and Firefront. His plays Proppa Solid (Jute Theatre) and From Darkness (La Boite Theatre) are also published (Playlab) with both plays receiving audience and critical acclaim. His poetry videos and comedic work has millions of views online helping see successful seasons/runs of his one man cabaret show Bigger & Blacker. Premiering at the 2019 Adelaide Cabaret Festival, it was listed as an AdCabFave and has since played La Boite Theatre Brisbane and Sydney Opera House, receiving critical claim in all three cities. It will further tour the country in 2021 to 2022.