Olivia Wheeler

Olivia Wheeler is a mixed-race, Chinese Canadian emerging performance designer, composer, and interdisciplinary creator. As an emerging artist, her artistic and technical work in sound design, scenography, music direction, and composition aim to challenge the definition of each of these practices by pushing the parameters of traditional theatre. In addition, the pandemic has provided the opportunity to expand on her own original work through the mediums of story-creation and puppetry. She has been involved with the arts community on the west coast and across Canada through organizations such as Theatre SKAM, SNAFU Dance Theatre Society, Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival, Alberta Theatre Projects and the STEPS Initiative. The recent graduate from the University of Victoria holds an undergraduate degree in Theatre with a minor in Music, and focused on performance design, technical theatre, music composition and music technology during her studies, and was a recipient of the Jamie Cassel Undergraduate Research Award by the University of Victoria for the creation of her immersive performance installation EVOKE.