Octavia Sexton grew up watching and participating in high school productions of musicals that were directed by her Father. Needless to say she caught the theatrical bug at a young age and passionately pursued a professional theatrical life. In 6th grade she started taking jazz, tap, ballet, gymnastics, acting and voice lessons. She participated in the school plays and choirs and countless dance recitals. This led to receiving her B.A. in Musical Theatre with an emphasis in Dance from the University of Northern Colorado. She started her professional career in Colorado performing in Stax of Wax at Elitch Gardens Amusement Park, A Vaudeville Show at Casa Bonita and being a “Barnstormer” at the Country Dinner Playhouse.
Octavia moved to Seattle and performed in various shows at Civic Light Opera, Village Theatre and 5th Avenue Theatre. Her favorite roles and shows include: Maria in The Sound Of Music, Anytime Annie in 42nd Street, Sister Mary Hubert in Nunsense, the Beggar Woman in Sweeney Todd, Lady Larkin in Once Upon a Mattress, Mrs. Boyle in The Mousetrap, Betty in The Foreigner, Peggy in Godspell, and the Adelaide & General Cartwright cover for Guys & Dolls!
On top of Octavia’s successful theater career she has been a choreographer and teacher of Musical Theater, Jazz & Tap for years. Not to mention she is a Professional Caroler with The Dickens Carolers of Seattle, was a server/performer at Teatro ZinZanni, was a performer/MC on the Spirit of Pudget sound harbor cruise boat and the radio host for Entertainment West for the Seattle Book & Braille Library.
Octavia discovered Burlesque in 2010 and has been hooked ever since! She was asked to be an instructor for the Academy Of Burlesque in 2014 and felt honored. She enjoys teaching the Art of the Tease, How to Strip for your Lover, Walking in Heels, Boa Tease, Tassel Twirling and Bump & Grind. Octavia also enjoys leading Bachelorette Parties and teaching private lessons. She has recently taken over facility management for The Academy of Burlesque and Studio Blue rentals. She has performed all over town including West Hall, The Pink Door, The Jewel Box Theatre at The Rendezvous, The Rebar, Columbia City Theatre, and in Tuesday Tease at the Lucid Lounge. Octavia invites you to come and play with her!!