Oliver started out in improv and film before being cast in the TV2 drama CITY LIFE. his work on the show won him the award for Best actor at the NZ Film and TV awards and a core cast role in SHORTLAND STREET. Oliver began training as a theatre director while still working on SHORTLAND STREET and at the end of his two year contract went to work full time at Auckland Theatre Company in the newly established role of Associate Director.
While Associate Director and then acting Artistic Director of Auckland Theatre Company, Oliver directed many productions, including the VAGINA MONOLOGUES, the BLUE ROOM and LADIES NIGHT, and starred in a number of plays, including SERIAL KILLERS, ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN are DEAD, THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW and CALIGULA. in his role as Associate Director he established the Audience Development programme 2econd Unit, created the ATC Literary Unit (the first in the country) as well as the Playreading Series, the Industry Training Programme, the ATC Education Unit and the ATC Ambassador Programme. Oliver left ATC in 2004 to host the newly created current affairs arts show FRONTSEAT at TVNZ. as host of FRONTSEAT for over eighty episodes, he interviewed many of New Zealand’s leading artists and politicians around the country and overseas. Oliver then went on to run the independent music channel ALT TV before becoming the host of SUNRISE for TV3. Throughout this time he continued to both direct and star in theatre including such shows as the GOAT, TWELFTH NIGHT, ASSASSINS, THOM PAIN, BACK-STORY, BETRAYAL, RABBIT, GLIDE TIME, BASH, REUBEN GUTHRIE, BASED ON AUCKLAND, BARE and RED. Oliver has appeared in numerous films including SNAKESKIN, BLACK SHEEP and UNDER THE MOUNTAIN. Oliver’s most recent theatre work was the critically acclaimed BELLEVILLE for Silo Theatre. He also directs for television and is currently working on both SHORTLAND STREET and STEP DAVE. He has his fingers in many pies, is working on a couple of secret projects, is a proud member of Equity and a responsible dog owner.
Amadeus. Jesus Christ Superstar. Red. The Pillowman. Twelfth Night. Caligula. The Talented Mr Ripley. The Shape of Things. Ladies' Night. The Bellbird. The Vagina Monologues. Stones in His Pockets. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead. The Blue Room. Wit. Serial Killers. The Judas Kiss.