Orana Arts welcomes Shelby Russo-Vooles to the team as a part-time Digital Projects Officer. Get to know Shelby, who will be unveiling the new Pop-Up Creators program in early 2019.
How did you get started in the arts?
From a very young age I was always encouraged to be creative with painting, singing and acting — I have been in every school play since prep participating in a variety of roles from the lead character to chorus. I also attended workshops and summer camps to complement my drama classes. I was lucky enough to go to a school that was able to fund a beautiful arts department with state-of-the-art equipment, offering a hands-on experience in many mediums including, paint, clay, burning and etching.
I have always loved video games and animation and it sparked my desire to create games and animations like the ones I would play and watch. That has always been a dream of mine since I was very young and I cannot wait to delve into these mediums in the future.
What do you love about working in the theatre?
The passion and excitement you get from being involved — there is something absolutely magical about being on the journey that theatre takes you! I love seeing the transformation of a production from the brainstorming stage to the final piece, especially because you know that a team of people made it happen: from a textured set piece to the blocking of someone’s foot, it is a massive collaboration and it’s beautiful. I have experienced being both the invisible backstage creator and the lead and they both equally give you a wonderful space to be creative and evolve with the end product.
What was the last production that you saw?
The last production I saw was an original musical called Schapelle Schapelle. It was written and produced by close friends of mine as a part of Sprung Festival in Bathurst. It followed the story of Schapelle Corby and her infamous boogie board drug bust in Bali. It was an exceptionally well-written production that left you laughing and on the edge of your seat as they danced through the scandals from the family, news reports and Schapelle herself — all accompanied by a live band at the back of the stage!
As our Digital Projects Officer, you will be running Pop Up Creators in 2019 — what excites you about this program and what can our communities expect to see?
I am most excited about being able to use Pop-Up Creators to give our communities a chance to interact and channel their creativity through technology and design. I am very passionate about the ways that we can positively merge technology into art and creative outlets. I am excited to announce that I am already working on a coding workshop that can enable our community to learn the fundamentals of coding and implement it in real time using fun and quirky methods!