Jani discovered her love for performing at age 7 during a creative movement class. For years she secretly devoured Red Skelton and Dick Van Dyke re-runs until in grade 7, she graduated to a lead role playing Snow White.
A passion for studying various disciplines brought her in contact with some of the worlds best instructors including, David Smukler (voice/text), Patsy Rodenburg (voice), Bill Vincent (singing), Yoshi Oida (acting), and Cathy Kennedy McKinnon (Shakespeare).
Jani is a three time Dora Mavor Moore Award nominated actress and has enjoyed such theatre roles as, Cordelia/Fool in the all Aboriginal production of King Lear, Shylock in The Merchant of Venice, White Girl in the world premier of Almighty Voice and his Wife, and Yvette in Mother Courage.
As Co-Managing Artistic Director of Turtle Gals Performance Ensemble she was "joint author" of 4 plays that toured internationally.
Her company, Paper Canoe Projects, was created to support the development and creation of her original work.
She is also an award winning screen actress.