Oliver Jane (they/them) is a Toronto based multi-disciplinary artist, theatre producer, Co-founding Artistic Director of Goat Howl Theatre (www.goathowl.com) and Yoga Teacher.
Canadian-born, US-raised Oliver Jane began creating and producing original works in Philadelphia starting in 2013. Oliver currently resides in Toronto where, in collaboration with a rotating cast of artists from different corners of the globe, they dedicate themself to creating immersive installations and theatrical experiences to address the questions that nag them throughout their daily life. To date, Oliver’s work walks a delicate line between clown, dance, performance art, art-installation and ritual experience. In Philadelphia Oliver has presented work part of Between A Boat and Green Place at Bartram’s Garden, Four Weeks in January, FringeArt’s Scratch Night, INVISIBLE RIVER, and SoLow Fest. Recent works include The Gathering of the Mother Moth People; an exploration of ritual and spiritual pursuit guided by some widely naïve clowns (1fiftyone Gallery, 2015), and David & Oliver: Mystic Masters; a collaboration with playwright David Jacobi about their collective experiences as students of metaphysics (SoLow Fest, 2016). Oliver has been Assistant Director for a variety of projects with the Pig Iron Theatre Company, including PayUp! (2013), I Promised Myself to Live Faster (2015), and SWAMP is On (2015), and for director Hinako Arao on her project Milky Way. As a performer, Oliver has recently appeared in David & Oliver: Mystic Masters (2016), Mad Forest (d. Alex Torra, 2014), 99 Breakups (Pig Iron Theatre Company, 2014), and The West (d. Alex Bechtel, 2013). Residencies include the Barn Art’s Collective’s Hamilton Project in Maine, and a month-long residency in Toronto, CA with clown/theatre-maker Maria Wodzinska. Oliver graduated summa cum laude from Drew University with a BA in Theatre Studies, and is a graduate of the inaugural class at the Pig Iron School for Advanced Performance Training. In 2017, they completed their Master’s Degree in Devised Performance at the Pig Iron School/University of the Arts.
Oliver completed their first Yoga Teacher Training course in 2018 at Breathe Yoga + Wellness in Toronto, ON with the intention of going deeper into their personal yoga practice. During that time they began to struggle with Major Depression and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, issues that had previously been under control for many years. Oliver decided to try adding Yoga Therapy as a modality for their personal healing, since the traditional methods of healing had not prevented relapse. Oliver began to work one-on-one with Felicia Pavlovic at Yoga Therapy Toronto, where Oliver became acquainted with the lineage of Tirumalai Krishnamacharya as passed down by his son T.K.V Desikachar. While working one-on-one with Felicia Pavlovic and reading T.K.V Desikachar’s The Heart Of Yoga, Oliver became acquainted with ways which the tools of yoga can be used to heal issues in the body, breath, mind, and spirit. Oliver’s practice shifted dramatically away from the standard functional movement vinyasa-based flow classes that Oliver regularly attended around Toronto, to a home practice that included specialized practices tailored to Oliver’s body, mind, constitution, and goals. These new practices included practices with asana, pranayama, mantra, and meditation. Over time, Oliver saw the positive impact these practices had on their mental health and decided to enroll in Yoga Therapy Toronto’s training programs. Oliver completed their 200hr YTT with Yoga Therapy Toronto in May 2019, and is currently training as a Yoga Therapist at Yoga Therapy Toronto. In addition to completed teacher trainings, Oliver has done courses on Yoga Nidra and currently leads a Yoga Nidra practice each week with youth from Stella’s Place in Toronto.
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