Port Macquarie student works with Sydney Theatre Company

Rewarding experience: St Columba Anglican School student Sequoia O’Brien with Sydney Theatre Company interim artistic director Kip Williams. Photo: Hon Boey

Rewarding experience: St Columba Anglican School student Sequoia O’Brien with Sydney Theatre Company interim artistic director Kip Williams. Photo: Hon Boey

Sequoia O’Brien understands that theatre is a tough industry to pursue, but says her love and passion for it is so strong she is willing to ‘condemn herself to a life of lentils’. 

Sequoia was recently in Sydney for work experience hosted by the Sydney Theatre Company.

She was one of only 24 students chosen from hundreds of applications from across the state. 

Sequoia created a two minute video that told of growing up in Willawarrin, where she first started drama classes.

“I am a rural student I really wanted to explain why I would be so grateful to be able to go to the city,” she said. 

“Port Macquarie has an amazing creative arts scene for the size that it is, but it’s not Sydney.”

She said her family is a ‘bit of a theatre family’ and her sister is currently in Sydney studying arts and majoring in theatre. 

Students were given the opportunity to explore different areas of the Sydney Theatre Company including programming, direction, set and costume design, marketing and corporate sponsorship. 

Sequoia said the experience has cemented her goal to work in the arts. 

Her highlight was speaking to director Kip Williams who is the director of Midsummer Night’s Dream, which is showing at the Sydney Opera House. 

Sequoia wants to work behind the scenes of productions on costumes and set design. 

Next year she is going on exchange to Austria and hopes to learn about the creative industry in Europe. 

Sequoia also travelled to Fiji in the second week of the October school holidays, where she and other students helped to build teacher quarters and a dam. 

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