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Sound Design and Composition


Between a Wok and A Hot Pot

January 31 - February 12, 2023

Cahoots Theatre 

Title: Between a Wok and A Hot Pot Album

Composed and Produced by Olivia Wheeler


"Then, there's Olivia Wheeler's mockingly hilarious sound design with a mind of it's own" - Joshua Chong, The Toronto Star

Bubble tea. Kimchi. Hot pot.

It’s cool to be Asian right now.

While preparing a traditional hot pot onstage, Amanda reminisces for her audience about when it wasn’t so cool to be Asian, and delves into the complicated topic of cultural identity and appropriation through food and art. As pressure builds and the show comes crashing down around her, Amanda must come face to face with the question: What does it mean to be authentic, and does it even matter?

Olivia's sound design featured everything from K-Pop and Soy Sauce Jingles to Epic Film Scores. 

Between a Wok and a Hot Pot was nominated for 6 Dora Awards in 2023, including Outstanding Sound design in the Independent Theatre Category. 


June 3-24, 2023

Factory Theatre

Title: Armadillos Album

Composed and Produced by Olivia Wheeler

On a cross-country theatre tour of a new interpretation of the classic Greek myth of the Marriage of Thetis and Peleus, the onstage danger spills into the backstage world as four actors have to navigate the realities of tour life, challenges to patriarchy and the disruption of a new actress performing Thetis halfway through the tour. The chaos she brings forces each to confront how the stories we tell about love, sex, power, and consent shape our everyday lives and interactions.

Exercise Your Demons

November 26-27, 2022

Director's Workshop Presentation at Stratford Festival

Title: Prologue

Composed and Produced by Olivia Wheeler

"if we know so much, why don't we know so much?"


Exercise Your Demons was a devised movement piece created with Langham Director (2022) desireé leverenz.  The piece recontextualized the text of William Shakespeare's Ghost Scenes.  

Lights up. 

Centre stage, a translucent plastic man lays breathing. 

Slowly, 3 actors emerge from the body. 

They explore how they see the world. 

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Title: EVOKE

Created by Olivia Wheeler

Composed by Olivia Wheeler 

Vocals by Natasha Gosling

February 20-21, 2020

Jamie Cassel Undergraduate Research Award Performance Installation 

EVOKE was a 10-minute looping performative, immersive installation that which set out to explore how performance design alone can tell a story, transform the atmosphere and environment, and have the equivalent emotional impact on the audience as a live performer. The piece used the five stages of grief to explore the emotional impact of performance design on the audience. The piece starts with the Before which leads into the Interruption - the cause of the grief - and is then followed by the five stages of grief - Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression and Acceptance.

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Title: Willow 

Composed by Olivia Wheeler 

Performed by Davey Bastin-Decoste (guitar) and Madeleine El Baroudi (vocals) 

Recording from Show Archive

November 7-23, 2019 

Phoenix Theatre 

Willow was performed in this production by a newly formed character called the Ghost of Barbary with live accompaniment on guitar. Desdemona reminisced about her past as the Ghost of Barbary sang her song "Willow" to the young babe Desdemona in her arms in the background of the scene.  This recording came from one of the final performances in an attempt to show how the live music fit within the context of the scene. 

Willow Show Recording
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Julius Caesar

Title: Lucius's Lullaby

Composed by Olivia Wheeler 

Performed by Holly Handford (vocals and mandolin)

July 4-27, 2019 

Greater Victoria Shakespeare Festival 

Lucius's Lullaby was written for Act 4 Scene 3 when Brutus requests his servant Lucius to play him a tune to help him fall asleep, and in the act of doing so Lucius falls asleep at his own instrument. As the actor playing Lucius played the mandolin, this piece was written to serve the purpose of the "sleepy tune."

Lucius's Lullaby
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August 21 - September 1, 2019 

Victoria Fringe Festival 

Maenad's Theatre 

Title: Nature Rebels

Created by Olivia Wheeler 

Antigones was a movement interpretation of the classic story of Antigone, performed by four women who all take a turn telling Antigone's story.  At this section of the performance, nature is rebelling against since Antigone has just sacrificed herself instead of living out her uncle's punishment for her dutiful crimes.  Antigone is lying on the ground surrounded the stiff-backed Chorus, all still as the nature rebels through lights and sound. 

Nature Rebels
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7 Stories

Title: 7 Stories Flying Sequence

Flute part arranged from Ian Clarke's Hypnosis

Performed by Olivia Wheeler 

Recorded and adapted by Olivia Wheeler for 7 Stories

March 14-23, 2019 

Phoenix Theatre 

The 7 Stories Flying Sequence takes place right before the end of play when the Man jumps off the seventh story of the building and flies across to another building and back.  This piece is the amalgamation of the two sequences, the first section of flute playing is when the Man flies to the other building and the second section of the flute part is when he flies back to the building he just came from. 

7 Stories Flying Sequence
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November 2-3, 2018 

Intrepid YOU Show

Title: Silkworm Movement Piece

Composed by Olivia Wheeler 

Shakuhachi Performance by Olivia Wheeler 

Kansha was a devised theatre piece created by Hannah Mariko Bell about cultural appreciation through the history of the kimono. This composition accompanied a movement piece about silkworms making the silk for the kimono. It is based off of traditional Japanese Shakuhachi music and improvised to follow the movement of the actors.

Silkworm Movement Piece
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Tell the Hunter

February 28-March 2, 2018 

BFA Project 

Title: Pocketful of Sunshine

Instrumental Cover of Natasha Beddingfield's

song of the same name

Performed by Eva Hocking (mandolin) and Olivia Wheeler (guitar)

Recorded by Eva Hocking and

Olivia Wheeler

This cover of Natasha Beddingfield's Pocketful of Sunshine was created and recorded for one of the last units of Elizabeth Martin's piece Tell the Hunter.  Unit Eighteen: Joy reflects on H's memories of the past before their trauma and their favourite song plays on the radio.   This is one of the few moments of lightness and positivity in the performance, and one can picture the sun shining through the tree branches and the calmness and serenity H used to feel before their trauma. 

Pocketful of Sunshine Cover
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March 2022

Nightwood Theatre

Liberated Feminist Futures

Title: Liberarted Feminist Future

Sound Design by Olivia Wheeler

Directed by Amanda Lin

Poem by Whitney French 

Featuring the voices of Cole Alvis, Amah Harris and Eponine Lee

What is your vision for a liberated feminist future?


Inspired by discussions at Nightwood's Feminist Unconference in response to the above question, and curated by Sedina Fiati, Nightwood’s Liberated Feminist Futures turns this question to you, our community. The community responses to this question offered inspiration to several artists, including a sound designed response to the poem by Whitney French.  

May 2021

Intermission, Soulpepper Theatre Company, SSHRC-CRSH

Taking on the World

Title: Learning from the Birds

Audio Response Created by Olivia Wheeler

Taking on the World was creative and critical responses to select shows from Soulpepper’s Around the World in 80 Plays as a part of the Taking on the World mentorship program for emerging IBPOC artists and arts writers. Taking on the World is a partnership between Intermission, Soulpepper Theatre Company, Brock University, the University of Toronto, and the University of Windsor, with funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.


Canadian Immunodeficiencies Patient Organization

Slice of PI

Title: Slice of PI

Hosted by Bryan Hemingway

Music Composed & Podcast Edited by Olivia Wheeler

Slice of PI is a podcast for and by patients living with primary immunodeficiencies (PI). This podcast explores the diverse experiences of people living with PI through the reflective investigation of the social and emotional well-being of people living with these diseases.

September 18, 2020 

Bluejaye Productions

Knife Skills

Title: Knife Skills

Written and Directed by Lindsey Schneider

Sound Designed by Olivia Wheeler

Knife Skills is a new radio play produced in partnership with KBBI AM 890 in Homer, Alaska. The radio play tells the story of four kitchen workers at a rural deluxe wilderness lodge in Lake Clark National Park, Alaska. When a prestigious group of Belgian royals visits the lodge, owner John lets sous chef Margo take the reins in the kitchen–but when she accidentally discovers her executive chef’s biggest secret, she must choose between her ambition and her friendships before they both disintegrate. The radio play immerses the audience the kitchen and surrounding wilderness with real audio capture from Alaska

Day to Day

September 5, 2020

Personal Project 

Title: Day to Day

Composed by Olivia Wheeler 

Performed and Recorded by Olivia Wheeler 

Day to Day is an original composition by Olivia. This is the first test of the piece.

Day To Day
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October 2019 

Sacred Centre Dance 

Bellydance based on the Elements: Fire

Title: The Dragon Awakens

Composed by Olivia Wheeler 

Cajon by Hilary Wheeler

Flute, Percussion and Sounds

by Olivia Wheeler

The Dragon Awakens was a piece commission by Luciana Fernandes for Sacred Centre Dance's Bellydance Based on the Elements: Fire.  Using fire and her costume as an inspiration, we decided to do a piece about a dragon awakening from its slumber. I wrote this piece based off her direction, and my own improvisations on the Flute and percussion on parts of a stairwell.

The Dragon Awakens
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